Best L-Mount Lenses for Leica CL, T, TL and TL2 Cameras

In April 2014, Leica introduced the Leica T as its first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor and a new lens mount, known today as the L-mount. Current camera models include the Leica CL and TL2.

This page provides an overview of the growing catalog of L-mount APS-C lenses. These are mostly autofocus lenses, but selected manual focus lenses may also be included. Note that L-mount full-frame lenses can also be used on these cameras.

For every lens, the following major characteristics are given:

  • Focal length.
  • Maximum aperture. It has a strong influence on the light conditions in which the lens can be used, and how shallow the depth of field can be. Fast lenses also tend to be much more expensive. Green labels indicate fast lenses (> f/2), red labels indicate slow lenses (< f/4).
  • Filter size. It serves as a representative of the length, diameter and weight of the lens. Green labels indicate compact lenses (filter size < 60 mm), red labels indicate big lenses (> 70 mm).
  • Minimum focus distance (MFD). It has a major influence on the magnification that can be achieved, as well as the depth of field.
  • Another interesting point is of course the price, but it is different in every market and currency. Instead, links to independent reviews are given.

1 Prime lenses

Lenses with a fixed focal length

1.1 Fisheye lenses

Ultra wide angle lenses with purposeful strong distortions

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  

1.2 Wide angle lenses

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Sigma DC DN | Contemporary 16 1.4 47    
Leica Elmarit-TL 18 2.8 39 0.30  
Leica Summicron-TL 23 2 52 0.35  

1.3 Standard lenses

Focal length similar to the image sensor diagonal of 28 mm. These lenses show the relation of foreground and background magnification more or less like the human eye.

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Sigma DC DN | Contemporary 30 1.4 52    
Leica Summilux-TL 35 1.4 60 0.40  

1.4 Telephoto lenses

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Sigma DC DN | Contemporary 56 1.4 55    

1.5 Macro lenses

Lenses with a high magnification

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60 2.8 60 0.16  

2 Zoom lenses

Lenses with a variable focal length

2.1 Wide angle zoom lenses

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 11-23 3.5-4.5 67 0.20  

2.2 Standard zoom lenses

Zoom range from moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Leica Vario-Elmar-TL 18-56 3.5-5.6 52 0.30-0.45  

2.3 Superzoom lenses

Like standard zooms, but with an approximately 10x zoom range

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  

2.4 Telephoto zoom lenses

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-TL 55-135 3.5-4.5 60 1.00  

3 Teleconverters

Teleconverters extend the focal length of matching telephoto lenses by a certain factor.

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.

*Additional designations such as ASPH and OIS are omitted.

References

The linked reviews are by CameraLabs (CL), LensTip (LT), MirrorLessons (ML) and OpticalLimits (OL). LT and OL focus on laboratory testing, CL and ML on real world photography. Links in brackets refer to tests of earlier models.