Leitz Canada APO-Telyt-R 180mm F/3.4

Medium telephoto prime lens • Film era • Discontinued

APO The lens features apochromatic optical design.

Leicaflex

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1965
Mount:Leica R
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/2000 + B
Exposure metering:No
Dimensions:148x97x57mm
Weight:770g

Leicaflex SL

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1968
Mount:Leica R
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/2000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions:148x97x57mm
Weight:770g

Leicaflex SL2

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1974
Mount:Leica R
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/2000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions:148x97x57mm
Weight:770g

Leica R3

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1976
Mount:Leica R
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:4 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes:Aperture-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions:148x96.5x64.6mm
Weight:780g

Leica R4

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1980
Mount:Leica R
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes:Programmed Auto
Aperture-priority Auto
Shutter-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions:138.5x88.1x60mm
Weight:630g

Leica R4S

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1983
Mount:Leica R
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes:Aperture-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions:138.5x88.1x60mm
Weight:630g

Leica R5

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1986
Mount:Leica R
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:15 - 1/2000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes:Programmed Auto
Aperture-priority Auto
Shutter-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions:138.5x89.1x62.2mm
Weight:625g

Leica R6

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1988
Mount:Leica R
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions:138.5x89.1x63.5mm
Weight:625g

Leica R-E

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1990
Mount:Leica R
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:15 - 1/2000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes:Aperture-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions:138.5x89.1x63.5mm
Weight:625g

Leica R6.2

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1992
Mount:Leica R
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/2000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions:138.5x89.1x62.2mm
Weight:625g

Leica R7

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1992
Mount:Leica R
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:16 - 1/2000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes:Programmed Auto
Aperture-priority Auto
Shutter-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions:138.5x94.8x62.2mm
Weight:670g

Leica R8

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1996
Mount:Leica R
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:16 - 1/8000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes:Programmed Auto
Aperture-priority Auto
Shutter-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions:158x101x62mm
Weight:890g

Leica R9

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:2002
Mount:Leica R
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:16 - 1/8000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes:Programmed Auto
Aperture-priority Auto
Shutter-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions:158x101x62mm
Weight:790g

Designed for

Features highlight

APO
Auto
MF
Built-in hood

Specification

Some basic information is missing as it was not provided by the manufacturer.

Production details
Announced:1975
Production status:Discontinued
Production type:Mass production
Order No.:11240
11242
Original name:LEITZ CANADA APO-TELYT-R 1:3.4/180
Optical design
Focal length:180mm
Speed:F/3.4
Maximum format:35mm full frame
Mount:Leica R (3 cam, R only)
Flange focal distance:47mm
Diagonal angle of view:13.7° (35mm full frame)
Lens construction:7 elements - 4 groups
Diaphragm mechanism
Diaphragm type:Automatic
Number of blades:<No information>
Focusing
Closest focusing distance:2.5m
Maximum magnification ratio:1:11.5 at the closest focusing distance
Focusing method:<No information>
Focusing modes:Manual focus only
Manual focus control:Focusing ring
Physical characteristics
Weight:750g
Maximum diameter x Length:⌀68×135mm
Accessories
Filters:<No information>
Lens hood:Built-in telescopic round

Manufacturer description #1

This new ESR ("extended spectral range") lens represents a breakthrough in optical color correction based on special LEITZ-developed glasses with novel dispersion characteristics. The APO-TELYT-R is perfectly corrected for chromatic aberration, and all colors of the spectrum are brought to practically identical focus. In addition, all of the so-called "monochromatic aberrations" have been so well corrected that this lens approaches the theoretical limits of instrumental optics. In this remarkable lens, state-of-the-art optical correction has been combined with an ideal mechanical design resulting in a pleasingly slender, light-weight, fast-handling lens mount. Your first look through the LEICA R3 viewfinder will tell the story as distant detail "snaps" into focus. Please note that the APO-TELYT-R does not use any fluorite crystal elements. It is an all-glass lens, and therefore needs no special maintenance, is not temperature sensitive and has a conventional mechanical infinity stop position.

Manufacturer description #2

This special lens was developed to reach the limits of the frontier of photography. Its optimum performance in rendering detail and brilliance was achieved by using highly refractive glasses which in optical effect are comparable to precious stones. Aberrations have been corrected to a level that has so far not been achievable. The high information content of the pictures taken with this lens suggest its use particularly for surveillance and monitoring tasks of all types. Its apochromatic correction makes focus change for infra-red photography superfluous.

From the editor

The lens is based on the Elcan-R 180mm F/3.4 designed in the late 1960's by Dr. Walter Mandler at Midland, Canada, to meet a requirement by the U.S. Navy for a high resolution camera system based on the Leicaflex SL.

The early version of the lens (11240) uses Series 7.5 filters, later version (11242) accepts E60 filters.

According to the "Handbook of the LEICA system" (May 1987), the APO-TELYT-R 3.4/100 with order number 11240 and serial numbers up to 2947023 has internal thread M59 x 0.75 and uses Series 7.5 filters.

Typical application

portraits, distant subjects, distant landscapes with perspective compression effect, travel

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35mm full frame

43.27 24 36
  • Dimensions: 36 × 24mm
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Diagonal: 43.27mm

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Note

Among autofocus lenses designed for 35mm full-frame mirrorless cameras only. Speed of standard and telephoto lenses is taken into account.

Professional lens (Top class)

One of the best slow medium telephoto primes

According to lens-db.com; among lenses designed for the same maximum format and mount.

Apochromatic optical design

All glass elements in an optical system refract light in certain colors to a different extent. This leads to the effect that not all rays of light from a multi-colored subject are focused at a single imaging point – the result of this is chromatic aberration.

In this lens, the chromatic aberration is minimized by apochromatic correction.

A need for apochromatic correction arose with the increasing popularity of color film. Now, with high-resolution digital sensors, the need for superior control of chromatic aberrations is even more pertinent than when film changed from monochrome to color.

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Quality control issues

The manufacturer of this lens does not provide adequate quality control. If you do decide to purchase this lens, do not order it online, but choose the best copy available in the store. In any case, there may also be problems with the build quality, and warranty repairs can take months.

Unique Leica Look

Leica lenses are one-of-a-kind optical masterpieces that are impressive because of their unique Leica Look. This is ensured through exceptional optical design combined with selected materials and the highest quality standards.

Leica lenses reveal their full potential only when mounted on Leica cameras, since only these have sensors precisely matched to their optical characteristics.

Image stabilizer

A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film.

The technology allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without image stabilizer you have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.

MF

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Original name

Lens name as indicated on the lens barrel (usually on the front ring). With lenses from film era, may vary slightly from batch to batch.

Format

Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.

35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.

APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).

Angle of view

Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.

As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.

A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).

This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),

where:

CF – crop-factor of a sensor,
FL – focal length of a lens.

Mount

A lens mount is an interface — mechanical and often also electrical — between a camera body and a lens.

A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.

Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance from the lens mount to the film or sensor can also be different.

Lens construction

Lens construction – a specific arrangement of elements and groups that make up the optical design, including type and size of elements, type of used materials etc.

Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.

Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.

Flange focal distance

The flange focal distance (FFD), sometimes called the "flange back", is the distance from the mechanical rear end surface of the lens mount to the focal plane.

Focal length

The focal length is the factor that determines the size of the image reproduced on the focal plane, picture angle which covers the area of the subject to be photographed, depth of field, etc.

Speed

The largest opening or stop at which a lens can be used is referred to as the speed of the lens. The larger the maximum aperture is, the faster the lens is considered to be. Lenses that offer a large maximum aperture are commonly referred to as fast lenses, and lenses with smaller maximum aperture are regarded as slow.

In low-light situations, having a wider maximum aperture means that you can shoot at a faster shutter speed or work at a lower ISO, or both.

Closest focusing distance

The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.

Closest working distance

The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.

Magnification ratio

Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. For example, a magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size".

Electromagnetic diaphragm control system

Provides highly accurate diaphragm control and stable auto exposure performance during continuous shooting.

Convex protruding front element

The convex front element protrudes from the lens barrel, making it impossible to use filters.

Manual diaphragm

The diaphragm must be stopped down manually by rotating the detent aperture ring.

Preset diaphragm

The lens has two rings, one is for pre-setting, while the other is for normal diaphragm adjustment. The first ring must be set at the desired aperture, the second ring then should be fully opened for focusing, and turned back for stop down to the pre-set value.

Semi-automatic diaphragm

The lens features spring mechanism in the diaphragm, triggered by the shutter release, which stops down the diaphragm to the pre-set value. The spring needs to be reset manually after each exposure to re-open diaphragm to its maximum value.

Automatic diaphragm

The camera automatically closes the diaphragm down during the shutter operation. On completion of the exposure, the diaphragm re-opens to its maximum value.

Number of blades

As a general rule, the more blades that are used to create the aperture opening in the lens, the rounder the out-of-focus highlights will be.

Some lenses are designed with curved diaphragm blades, so the roundness of the aperture comes not from the number of blades, but from their shape. However, the fewer blades the diaphragm has, the more difficult it is to form a circle, regardless of rounded edges.

At maximum aperture, the opening will be circular regardless of the number of blades.

Weight

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

Maximum diameter x Length

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

For lenses with collapsible design, the length is indicated for the working (retracted) state.

Weather sealing

A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.

Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.

Fluorine coating

Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.

Filters

Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.

Lens hood

A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.

The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.

Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.

Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.