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)
Cheaper $2,400.00 vs $2,860.00
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The best price we've seen is $460 cheaper (around 20% 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 digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Prime lens Fixed focal length prime lenses Help
Typically very sharp
Lowest price Very expensive Help
21mm Elmar-M$2,400.00
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
Wide minimum Not very narrow apertures Help
f/16

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

Zoom range Poor zoom Help
1x
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

competitors

Leica 18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M Competitors

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

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

Wide angle lens

$680 - $998

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus
Prime lens Is a zoom lens
Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Low light lens

$6,349 - $6,732

Aperture Much wider aperture
Lowest price Much more expensive
Zeiss Distagon 18mm f/4 T* ZM Leica M

Zeiss Distagon 18mm f/4 T* ZM Leica M

Wide angle lens

$1,400

Lowest price Cheaper
Wide minimum Narrower aperture
Length Slightly longer

Leica 21mm Elmar-M Competitors

Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 ZM Leica M

Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 ZM Leica M

Wide angle lens

$1,030

Lowest price Cheaper
Wide minimum Narrower aperture
Auto focus Auto focus
Sony E-Mount 16mm f/2.8

Sony E-Mount 16mm f/2.8

Wide angle lens

$223

Lowest price Significantly cheaper
Wide minimum Narrower aperture
Leica 24mm f/3.8 Elmar M

Leica 24mm f/3.8 Elmar M

Wide angle lens

$1,705

Lowest price Cheaper
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor

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