The Leica 24mm f/3.8 Elmar-M ASPH might be Leica’s best wide angle lens in its sheer consistency of image quality.
The 24/3.8 should probably be in every M-shooter’s bag. And at about $2650, it offers a sheer performance to value ratio bettered by no other lens in the line.
This series includes apertures ƒ/9.5 and ƒ/13 in the ƒ/3.8 to ƒ/16 range, those apertures having relevance to the issue of lens brilliance in the face of diffraction.
Hakan K writes:
Thank you for covering this, it worked out quite timely for me, just yesterday after hearing the Sony rep's comments on my Elmar 24 shots on A7R that they were too contrasty, I thought maybe I can push this to around f/11 for increased DoF, and I have the answer my queries today.
I bought mine with SX21 after reading your comments that Elmar 24 and Summilux 21 would make a good combination. I agree that Elmar 24 is best value for money lens in Leica-M range and it's Diglloyd.com that offers the ultimate value for money for digging out the gems. I intend to use this lens also with 20Mpx A5000 as a compact street camera*.
* I know you prefer the RX1, GR like fixed lens solutions but RX1's distortion is unfortunate for a 35mm.
DIGLLOYD: One wonders what Leica or Zeiss might be able to do if a Sony RX2R body utilized a lens designed for a new 36MP or 50MP sensor at ƒ/2.8 lens speed and with fewer constraints on cost and size.