The portfolio of zoom lenses for the Leica SL now covers a range of focal lengths from 16 to 280mm, with the addition of a third zoom in the Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35/3.5–4.5 ASPH.

The new model's range of focal lengths will suit uses from landscape to event to concert e and documentary photography, especially with weather proofing including protected construction and  AquaDura lens coating. It has simultaneously fast and quiet autofocus driven by a specially developed focusing drive comprising a stepping motor and linear positioning, while the ultra-light focusing element further assists focusing speed.

The optical system of the Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35/3.5–4.5 ASPH is newly designed and contains a total of 18 elements in 12 groups, including two asphericals for the correction of monochromatic aberrations, and three elements made from glass with anomalous partial dispersion to correct chromatic aberration.

Together with the Vario-Elmarit–SL 24–90/2.8–4 ASPH. and the APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280f/2.8–4 this covers all typical genres of photography and enables particularly those photographers who need a high degree of flexibility to draw on a trio of exceptional lenses.

The Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35/3.5–4.5 ASPH. goes on sale from 23 April, available from Leica Store Sydney and authorised dealers  for A$7700.

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