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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:$2,974.52
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
Sony 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar

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

Low light lens

$898 - $1,098

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

$380

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Olympus Zuiko M. ED 45mm f/1.8

Olympus Zuiko M. ED 45mm f/1.8

Low light lens

$1,249

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Panasonic Lumix G Vario  7-14mm f/4

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4

Wide angle lens

$911

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Wide maximum Has a higher max f/stop
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Prime lens Is a zoom lens
Olympus Zuiko M. ED 12mm f/2

Olympus Zuiko M. ED 12mm f/2

Low light lens

$799 - $1,050

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Panasonic Summilux Leica DG 25mm f/1.4

Panasonic Summilux Leica DG 25mm f/1.4

Low light lens

$598 - $629

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture

Leica 21mm Elmar-M Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Wildlife lens

$13,999

Max focal length Much better telephoto
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Min focal length Much worse wide angle
Lowest price Much more expensive
Samsung 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D

Samsung 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D

Low light lens

$299

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Min focal length Slightly worse wide angle
Sony 50mm f/1.4

Sony 50mm f/1.4

Low light lens

$63

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Lowest price Significantly cheaper
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
Pentax SMC  DA 40mm f/2.8

Pentax SMC DA 40mm f/2.8

Lens

$350

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

Leica 18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus M.Zuiko  17mm f/2.8

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8

Lens

$222 - $249

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus
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
Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Low light lens

$7,650

Aperture Much wider aperture
Lowest price Much more expensive
Weight Slightly heavier
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
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

Lowest price Cheaper
Wide maximum Narrower aperture
Aperture Narrower aperture

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