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Leica TRI-ELMAR-M 16-18-21mm F4 ASPH

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Overall 10

Amazing and superb lens

Thomas W, Amazon
30 April 2014
  • Summary: This is the best Leica lens that I have ever owned. It is surprisingly small, compact and light, and offers three different wide-angle focal lengths. No more huge piece of glass to haul around. Photos taken with this lens are tack sharp, and feature little barrel or other distortion, and no chromatic aberration that I have been able to detect.
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Overall 10

useful for film or digital

squarecropper, B&H Photo
17 March 2014
  • Excerpt: Useful for: Architectual photos -- exaggerated perspective in hallways, entrances, arcades, lobbies, cathedral interiors. Landscapes with foreground subject or pattern with wide vistas requiring depth of focus.Sky scenes -- sunrise or sunset.Including the context of the surroundings with an interesting foreground subject.City 'canyon' photos with skyscrapers outlining shapes overhead.Reflected scenes with still water or wet pavement in the foreground.Capturing overhead...
  • Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Reliable
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Overall 10

Exceeded some very critical expectations

reallyretired, B&H Photo
22 April 2012
  • Excerpt: This is not a lens for every day use, nor should it be one of the first Leica M lenses that you buy. However, it does have some very good applications. Uses: I find it impressive for in close(not "close-up") photography. You can work in close proximity and the result will spread out and give a roomy impression. This is great for interior people photography and camera shy subjects who are sure that the camera is not pointed at them.
  • Pros: Durable, Lightweight and compact, Strong Construction
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Overall 10

Quite amazing

kiwicafe, B&H Photo
27 September 2010
  • Excerpt: for some reason I use this lens at 16mm most of the time and wonder why I simply didn't buy a wide angle lens to begin with. I am new to leica glass, I have a 50mm 1.4 and a 90mm 2.0 and have the new 35mm on order. For landscape and for interesting perspectives I love this wide angle lens. leica has me so much more disciplined than when I was a dslr snapper. i love shooting wide open but am still experimenting.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 10

3 "Superwide" Focal Lengths In 1 Lens.

BRJR, Adorama
6 August 2010
  • Excerpt: I wanted a "Leica Lens", with a focal length wider than my Leica 24mm Summilux lens (also, purchased from Adorama) for use on my Leica M9 (again, purchased from Adorama) -- this Leica Tri-Elmar lens fits my needs exactly; and, especially as I already have the Leica 24mm f/1.4 lens, and wanted a choice of focal lengths even wider than a Leica 21mm and 18mm lens.
  • Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
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Overall 8


Anonymous, B&H Photo
9 October 2007
  • Excerpt: The last time I saw an M lens this wide it cost $15,000used, thanks to collectors, so try to consider this abargain This lens on a M8 has put my Canon IDs with 24tilt-shift and the 16-35 on the shelf. It has also made meponder if I really still need my M 21mm 2.8 anymore. Thissharpness compared to any and all Canon wide lenses is verywelcome.The viewfinder really isn't necessary for framing thanks todigital, but the built in level allows me to shootarchitectural photos...
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