Leica releases new 100-400mm f/5-6.3 lens for L-Mount
Leica has answered the prayers of SL-series photographers keen on longer focal lengths – and the iconic red dot – with its announcement of the new Vario Elmar SL 100-400mm, now the longest lens in the SL-series lineup.
The new lens, which appears to share much in common with the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS, is constructed of 22 elements arranged in 16 groups, and features an onboard optical image stabiliser. The lens has an 82mm front filter thread and measures about 198mm long when compressed and weighs 1,530 grams.
The 100-400mm f/5-6.3 includes an Arca-Swiss compatible, detachable tripod base, and a lockable tripod clamp which also allows the lens to be fixed securely at any angle. The clamp locks every 90 degrees for quick changes between landscape and portrait formats.
As an additional option, Leica has also launched the Leica Extender L 1.4x, which extends the focal length to a range of 140-560mm.
The Leica Vario-Elmar-SL 100-400 f/5-6.3 retails for $3,590, and the Leica Extender L 1.4x is $1,490. Both products are available at Leica Stores, the Leica Online Store and authorised dealers starting now.