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differences

Reasons to consider the Leica 21mm Elmar-M

Has a silent focus motor Generic motor vs None
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Focuses quickly and silently
Auto focus Yes vs No
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Wider aperture f/3.4 vs f/3.8
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At its widest, the 21mm Elmar-M captures marginally more light, 0.3 f-stops
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Reasons to consider the Leica 18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M

LensHero is not aware of any important advantages of the Leica 18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M vs the Leica 21mm Elmar-M.
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similarities

Compared to lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Prime lens Fixed focal length prime lenses Help
Typically very sharp
Lowest price Very expensive Help
21mm Elmar-M:$2,930.59
18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M:$2,999.00
Max focal length Poor telephoto Help
21mm Elmar-M:21 mm
18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M:18 mm
Zoom range Poor zoom Help
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Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

Compared to wide angle lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

LensHero is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

LensHero is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 M

Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 M

Wide angle lens

$2,250

Aperture Has a wider aperture
Wide maximum Has a higher max f/stop
Olympus M.Zuiko  17mm f/2.8

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8

Lens

$174 - $249

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Sony 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar

Sony 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar

Low light lens

$998

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Panasonic Lumix  20mm f/1.7 G

Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 G

Low light lens

$899

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Olympus Zuiko M. ED 12mm f/2

Olympus Zuiko M. ED 12mm f/2

Low light lens

$1,050

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture

Leica 21mm Elmar-M Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Nikon-f

Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Nikon-f

Low light lens

$655 - $725

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Auto focus Auto focus
Min focal length Slightly worse wide angle
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Wildlife lens

$13,499

Max focal length Much better telephoto
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Min focal length Much worse wide angle
Lowest price Much more expensive
Sony 50mm f/1.4

Sony 50mm f/1.4

Low light lens

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Max focal length Slightly better telephoto
Min focal length Slightly worse wide angle
Leica Summarit 50mm f/2.5

Leica Summarit 50mm f/2.5

Low light lens

$1,750

Aperture Wider aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus

Leica 18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZM Leica-m

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZM Leica-m

Wide angle lens

$1,420 - $1,428

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Aperture Wider aperture
Leica Tri-Elmar-Mf/16-18-21mm f/4

Leica Tri-Elmar-Mf/16-18-21mm f/4

Wide angle lens

$5,450

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus
Prime lens Is a zoom lens
Lowest price More expensive
Zeiss 21mm f/4.5 C Biogon T* ZM Leica-m

Zeiss 21mm f/4.5 C Biogon T* ZM Leica-m

Wide angle lens

$1,199

Wide maximum Narrower aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Aperture Narrower aperture
Zeiss Distagon 18mm f/4 T* ZM Leica-m

Zeiss Distagon 18mm f/4 T* ZM Leica-m

Wide angle lens

$1,428

Wide maximum Narrower aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Length Slightly longer
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 ZF Nikon-f

Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 ZF Nikon-f

Wide angle lens

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Aperture Wider aperture
Weight Slightly heavier

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