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 21mm Elmar-M Competitors

Olympus M.Zuiko  25mm f/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8

Low light lens

$278 - $349

Lowest price Significantly cheaper
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 ZM Leica M

Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 ZM Leica M

Wide angle lens

$1,008

Lowest price Cheaper
Wide minimum Narrower aperture
Auto focus Auto focus
Sony 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount Carl Zeiss Sonnar

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

Low light lens

$898

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Lowest price Cheaper

Leica 18mm f/3.8 Elmar-M Competitors

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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Low light lens

$899

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus
Weight Heavier
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Sony Alpha

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Sony Alpha

Macro lens

$619

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Auto focus Auto focus
Min focal length Worse wide angle
Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Low light lens

$6,349

Aperture Much wider aperture
Lowest price Much more expensive

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