differences

Reasons to consider the Leica 21mm Elmar-M

Has a silent focus motor Generic motor vs None
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Almost the same
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 $2,635.60 vs $2,860.00
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The best price we've seen is $224 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$2,635.60
18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M$2,860.00
Max focal length Poor telephoto Help
21mm Elmar-M21 mm
18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M18 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

Olympus M.Zuiko  17mm f/2.8

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8

Lens

$180 - $299

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 M

Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 M

Wide angle lens

$1,980 - $2,350

Aperture Has a wider aperture
Wide maximum Has a higher max f/stop
Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R

Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R

Lens

Aperture Has a wider aperture
Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Low light lens

$6,732

Aperture Has a wider aperture
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Diameter Has a larger diameter
Leica Summarit 35mm f/2.5

Leica Summarit 35mm f/2.5

Low light lens

$1,649 - $1,949

Aperture Has a wider aperture
Length Is shorter
Leica 24mm f/3.8 Elmar M

Leica 24mm f/3.8 Elmar M

Wide angle lens

$2,332 - $2,348

Length Is shorter
Diameter Has a small diameter
Leica Summilux 24mm f/1.4

Leica Summilux 24mm f/1.4

Low light lens

$6,644

Aperture Has a wider aperture
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

Leica 21mm Elmar-M Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Zeiss Distagon  T* 15mm f/2.8 ZF.2 Nikon-f

Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZF.2 Nikon-f

Wide angle lens

$2,454 - $2,650

Aperture Wider aperture
Auto focus Auto focus
Weight Heavier
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

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/2 Macro ED

Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/2 Macro ED

Macro lens

$438 - $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

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZM Leica-m

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZM Leica-m

Wide angle lens

$1,400 - $1,428

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Wide maximum Significantly narrower aperture
Leica Tri-Elmar-Mf/16-18-21mm f/4 w/Universal Viewfinder

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

Wide angle lens

$5,540

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus
Prime lens Is a zoom lens
Lowest price Significantly more expensive
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.4G ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.4G ED

Low light lens

$1,495 - $1,929

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus
Weight Slightly heavier
Sony E-Mount 16mm f/2.8

Sony E-Mount 16mm f/2.8

Wide angle lens

$208 - $248

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Sony-alpha

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Sony-alpha

Macro lens

$669

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus
Min focal length Worse wide angle
Weight Heavier

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