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Leitz Wetzlar Telyt-S 800mm F/6.3

Super telephoto prime lens • Film era • Discontinued

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Drop-in filters
Built-in hood


Production details
Production status: Discontinued
Production type:Special order
Order No.:11921
Original name:LEITZ WETZLAR TELYT-S 1:6.3/800
System: Leica R (1964)
Optical design
Focal length:800mm
Maximum format:35mm full frame
Mount and Flange focal distance:Leica R [47mm] (R only)
Minolta SR [43.5mm]
Diagonal angle of view:3.1° (35mm full frame)
Lens construction:3 elements - 1 group
Diaphragm mechanism
Diaphragm type:Preset
Number of blades:<No information>
Closest focusing distance:12.5m
Maximum magnification ratio:1:13 at the closest focusing distance
Focusing method:<No information>
Focusing modes:Manual focus only
Manual focus control:Rack-and-pinion mechanism
Physical characteristics
Weight:6860g (Leica R)
Maximum diameter x Length:⌀152×790mm (Leica R)
Weather sealing:-
Fluorine coating:-
Filters:Removable front filters are not accepted
Additional features:Drop-in filter holder (Series VII)
Lens hood:Built-in telescopic round
Lens caps:14162 (rear)
Teleconverters: Leitz / Leica APO-Extender-R 1.4X → 1120mm F/8.8
 Leica APO-Extender-R 2X → 1600mm F/12.6
 Leitz / Leitz Wetzlar Extender-R 2x → 1600mm F/12.6

*) Sources of data: Lenses for the LEICA R system booklet (PUB. 111-133) ● Handbook of the LEICA system (PUB. 100-021) (May 1987) ● Electronic-Leica R3 booklet (PUB. 121.111-104) (November 1977) ● Leica R4-MOT booklet (PUB. 121.111-136) (August 1980) ● Handbook of the LEICA system (September 1995).

Manufacturer description #1

For a long time, 400mm was the longest focal length in the LEICA and LEICAFLEX lens range; then about three years ago we introduced a 560mm lens. Now we are about to launch an unusually long focus system which is remarkably fast for its focal length: an 800mm f/6.3.

The new prototype will be available in time for the 1972 Olympic Games. Unlike most long focus lenses in this category which are mirror optical units, the 800mm is a glass system, and therefore - unlike mirror lenses - can be stopped down in the normal way with an iris diaphragm with no lost aperture angle or abnormal reproduction of unsharp image areas.

To appreciate this achievement it must be realized that lens systems of extremely long focal length are very difficult to develop. Residual color aberrations become more prominent with increasing focal length and the most modern way of correcting them is to use crystalline optical media. The drawbacks of such crystals is that they are chemically unstable and very sensitive to damage; in particular, their relatively high coefficient of thermal expansion makes them less suitable for large lenses.

The Ernst Leitz Glass Laboratory in Wetzlar carried on extensive research to produce various glasses of extreme optical characteristics. One result is a special glass closely resembling certain crystalline materials, but without their unfavorable properties. This special glass is mechanically and thermally stable and easy to work. With it, we designed a 3-element, 800mm lens of completely new image performance standard.

For the technically interested: A greatly reduced secondary spectrum not only gives this lens virtually apochromatic correction (negligible focus deviation in all three main bands of the spectrum), but, in fact, an overall optical performance even superior to normal apochromats. Residual aberrations and unsharpness were reduced to less than one-third of the values which are accepted with normal glasses. The result is improved contrast, detail resolution and color differentiation.

The new 800mm LEITZ prototype f/6.3 consists of 3 cemented lenses, with only 2 glass/air surfaces (coated, of course). As the lenses are relatively thin, light transmission of the system is exceptionally high. This, plus the reduced effect of light scatter, is particularly important when photographing very distant subjects where the image contrast is already reduced by atmospheric effects. The lens construction also uses far less glass than multi-lens systems. This concentration of high image illumination means shorter exposure times than for complex tele lenses with the same nominal aperture.

The 800mm is, of course, not just an experiment, but a development to fill a practical need. It is a special lens for the specialist photographer. With its 16-fold magnification (compared with the standard 50mm lens), it spans extreme distances to bring in picture subjects really close. At the same time, it compresses the image perspective of subjects at different distances - the typical telephoto effect which experienced photographers deliberately use for creative work.

Manufacturer description #2

The LEITZ 800mm TELYT-S f/6.3 is another superlatively color-corrected system based on our recently developed glasses with "anomalous partial dispersion", and provides performance superior to that of many apochromatic objectives. The lens consists of three elements cemented together to provide only two-air-glass interfaces, thus greatly reducing the problem of internal reflection and yielding long-range images of the highest contrast. Its optical quality is unexcelled in this focal length.

From the editor

The lens was announced at Photokina 1970 as Leitz Telecron with Leica R mount, issued for the 1972 Olympic Games and made generally available (to special order only) in 1973.

This lens was made possible by new types of glass by which the three-element symmetrical single component design yields high contrast, resolution and color differentiation with residual aberrations reduced to a minimum.

The barrel disassembles into five parts, that lock together with bayonet couplings. Central section of the lens is equipped with huge aluminum handle for transportation. The tube which attaches to the camera carries the preset diaphragm and a filter slot for Series 7 filters.

Focusing is by rack-and-pinion with a control wheel.

Two tripod sockets are provided, one at the point of balance and one at the front to provide extra stability.

The carrying handle incorporates a gunsight type aiming device for rapid alignment on the subject, which would be difficult on the focusing screen with an angle of view of only 3 degrees.

The lens was supplied in a fitted aluminium case.

Typical application

distant subjects, distant landscapes with perspective compression effect, wild nature

Notes and recommendations

  • Use of a tripod is needed due to heavy weight of the lens.

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Drop-in filter holder

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Original name

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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.

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Magnification ratio

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Electromagnetic diaphragm control system

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Manual diaphragm

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Preset diaphragm

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Semi-automatic diaphragm

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Automatic diaphragm

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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.

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Maximum diameter x Length

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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

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