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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
Slightly cheaper $2,745.00 vs $3,000.00
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The best price we've seen is $255 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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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the Leica 18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M

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:$2,745.00
18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M:$3,000.00
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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Compared to wide angle lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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

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

Low light lens

$16 - $1,098

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Zeiss Distagon 18mm f/4 T* ZM Leica-m

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

Wide angle lens

$1,428

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Wide maximum Has a higher max f/stop
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Length Is longer
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC Pentax-k

Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC Pentax-k

Low light lens

$536

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 ZM Leica-m

Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 ZM Leica-m

Wide angle lens

$1,201

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Leica 90mm f/4 Macro Kit

Leica 90mm f/4 Macro Kit

Portrait lens

Wide maximum Has a higher max f/stop
Length Is shorter
Min focal length Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Panasonic Summilux Leica DG 25mm f/1.4

Panasonic Summilux Leica DG 25mm f/1.4

Low light lens

$70 - $598

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZM Leica-m

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZM Leica-m

Wide angle lens

$1,428

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture

Leica 21mm Elmar-M Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 M

Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 M

Wide angle lens

$2,000 - $2,250

Aperture Wider aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus
Olympus Zuiko  35mm f/3.5 Macro ED

Olympus Zuiko 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED

Macro lens

$189

Lowest price Cheaper
Min focal length Slightly worse wide angle
Olympus M.Zuiko  ED 75mm f/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75mm f/1.8

Sports lens

$899

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Min focal length Worse wide angle
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX

Low light lens

$197

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Min focal length Slightly worse wide angle
Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/2 Macro ED

Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/2 Macro ED

Macro lens

$499

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Min focal length Slightly worse wide angle

Leica 18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Low light lens

$7,400

Aperture Much wider aperture
Lowest price Significantly more expensive
Diameter Significantly larger diameter
Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8

Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8

Lens

$999

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Lowest price Cheaper
Panasonic Lumix G  X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8

Wide angle lens

$769 - $998

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus
Prime lens Is a zoom lens
Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 C Biogon T* ZM Leica-m

Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 C Biogon T* ZM Leica-m

Lens

$782 - $860

Wide maximum Significantly narrower aperture
Diameter Significantly smaller diameter
Min focal length Slightly worse wide angle
Zeiss Distagon  T* 21mm f/2.8 ZE Canon-ef

Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZE Canon-ef

Wide angle lens

$1,599 - $1,843

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

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