Cutting the distance
The speed and high performance of the Leica Apo Elmar-S 180 mm f/3.5 sets new standards of quality for handheld telephoto photography. Its contrast performance is exceptional in both excellence and consistency. The lens is ideal for capturing subjects at greater distances. Simultaneously, it proves to be an excellent portrait lens. Sharpness is guaranteed at all distances and apertures.
This apochromatically corrected lens features nine lens elements in seven groups. Six elements are made from glasses with anomalous partial dispersion, and two of these have particularly low dispersion. This ensures optimum elimination of chromatic aberrations. Three glass elements with a high refractive index almost fully eliminate monochromatic aberrations.
The Elpro-S 180 mm Close-Up Converter Lens is a precisely calculated converter lens specifically designed for the Leica APO-Elmar-S 180 mm f/3.5 lens. It reduces the minimum focus distance of the 180 mm lens to 3.6' (1.1 m) and increases the maximum reproduction ratio of the lens from 1:7 to 1:4.5. In contrast to the majority of apochromatic accessory lenses, the Leica Elpro-S 180 is dedicated to one particular lens, thus avoiding lateral chromatic aberrations and ensuring that there are no detrimental effects on the excellent imaging quality of the lens. The Leica ELPRO-S 180 attaches to the threaded filter mount of the lens, just like a filter. Autofocus, exposure metering and all other camera and lens handling functions are maintained in full when using the Leica Elpro-S 180.