Leica Tele-Elmar 135 mm
Leica Tele-Elmar 135 mm
90 mm (9 cm) screw mount lens for Leica
90 mm (9 cm) screw mount lens for Leica

The name Elmar is used by Leica to designate camera lenses of four elements that have a maximum aperture of f/3.98 or f/4.0.


The Elmar lenses originally had a maximum aperture of f/3.5. These lenses were derived from a 50 mm f/3.5 Elmax lens first produced in 1925. The name is a combination of Ernst Leitz and Max Berak.[1]


Elmar lenses variously has a maximum f-number of f/2.8 or f/3.4 or f/3.8 or f/4. Currently the Elmar lenses have a maximum aperture of f/3.8 or f/4, as in the Elmar-M 24 mm f/3.8 and Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21 mm f/4.[1] The name Elmar is sometimes combined with: Super, Tele, APO, Macro or Vario.

Market positions

Elmar lenses are comparatively slow. As a result they tend to be smaller and lighter than faster lenses of the same focal length.[1][2]

List of Elmar lenses

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (November 2019)
For the M39 lens mount
For the Leica M mount
For the Leica R mount
For the Leica S mount
For the Leica L Mount

See also


  1. ^ a b c Taylor, David (2014). Leica M Typ 240 Expanded Guide. United Kingdom: Ammonite Press. ISBN 1781450390.
  2. ^ "LEICA Lens Names". www.kenrockwell.com. Retrieved 2019-11-27.