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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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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

Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 M

Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 M

Wide angle lens

$2,000

Aperture Has a wider aperture
Wide maximum Has a higher max f/stop
Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Low light lens

$7,400

Aperture Has a wider aperture
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Diameter Has a larger diameter
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 Tri-Elmar-Mf/16-18-21mm f/4

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

Wide angle lens

$5,200

Wide maximum Has a higher max f/stop
Diameter Has a small diameter
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Aperture Has a 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

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Wide maximum Has a higher max f/stop
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Length Is longer
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

$2,950

Aperture Has a wider aperture
Fujifilm 18mm f/2 XF R

Fujifilm 18mm f/2 XF R

Low light lens

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

$13,499

Max focal length Much better telephoto
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Min focal length Much worse wide angle
Lowest price Much more expensive
Leica Summilux 24mm f/1.4

Leica Summilux 24mm f/1.4

Low light lens

$7,300

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus
Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Pentax-k

Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Pentax-k

Fisheye lens

Fisheye Fisheye lens
Aperture Wider aperture
Weight Slightly heavier
Max focal length Slightly worse telephoto
Olympus Zuiko  35mm f/3.5 Macro ED

Olympus Zuiko 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED

Macro lens

$229

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

$799

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

Leica 18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Wide angle lens

$649

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus
Prime lens Is a zoom lens
Zeiss 85mm f/4 Tele-Tessar T* ZM Leica-m

Zeiss 85mm f/4 Tele-Tessar T* ZM Leica-m

Portrait lens

$940

Wide maximum Significantly narrower aperture
Diameter Smaller diameter
Length Much longer
Min focal length Worse wide angle

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