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differences

Reasons to consider the Leica 21mm Elmar-M

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:$2,994.89
18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M:$2,999.00
Max focal length Poor telephoto Help
21mm Elmar-M:21 mm
18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M:18 mm
Focus motor No silent focus motor Help
Louder and slower
Zoom range Poor zoom Help
1x
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

Olympus M.Zuiko  17mm f/2.8

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8

Lens

$653

Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Olympus Zuiko M. ED 12mm f/2

Olympus Zuiko M. ED 12mm f/2

Low light lens

$745

Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Sony 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar

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

Low light lens

$898

Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN

Lens

Aperture Has a wider aperture
Panasonic Summilux Leica DG 25mm f/1.4

Panasonic Summilux Leica DG 25mm f/1.4

Low light lens

$628

Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture
Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R

Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R

Lens

Aperture Has a wider aperture
Panasonic Lumix G  14mm f/2.5

Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5

Low light lens

$190

Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
Aperture Has a wider aperture

Leica 21mm Elmar-M Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica Summicron  28mm f/2

Leica Summicron 28mm f/2

Low light lens

$2,153

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Auto focus Auto focus
Leica Summarit 50mm f/2.5

Leica Summarit 50mm f/2.5

Low light lens

$1,650

Aperture Wider aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Auto focus Auto focus
Min focal length Slightly worse wide angle
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Leica D

Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Leica D

Low light lens

$875

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Lowest price Significantly cheaper
Weight Slightly heavier

Leica 18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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

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

Portrait lens

$940

Lowest price Significantly cheaper
Wide maximum Narrower aperture
Min focal length Worse wide angle
Length Longer
Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZM Leica-m

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZM Leica-m

Wide angle lens

$1,428

Aperture Wider aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Zeiss Distagon 18mm f/4 T* ZM Leica-m

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

Wide angle lens

Wide maximum Narrower aperture
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Length Slightly longer
Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.2 AIS

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AIS

Low light lens

$700

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

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