Leica R system

Discontinued

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

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

Leica R interchangeable lenses are finely tuned with respect to focal length and aperture, and combine high resolving power with high image contrast to provide exceptional picture sharpness. The wide range of lenses begins with the Fisheye to the Vario, from a 15mm wide-angle to a 800mm tele photo lens. Carefully matched anti-reflection coatings on highly refractive glasses assure almost 100% light transmission within the entire visible spectrum. The additional ultraviolet light is further absorbed by means of Absorban cement layers. This also assures that all lenses maintain the same color transmission, regardless of focal length. The optical systems is matched so as to render colors true to the original. Even at full aperture, the residual aberrations of the Leica R lenses are corrected so well that in practice they do not affect the performance. The lenses may be used at full aperture - for all Leica R lenses - it constitues a fully effective working aperture.

Camera lineup

Adaptation to digital SLR cameras

For information on adapting lenses of this system to digital SLR cameras, please refer to the dedicated article.

Leica R mount lens lineup

Lenses found: 73
Fisheye lenses
Leitz Wetzlar Fisheye-Elmarit-R 16mm F/2.8 1974 
Ultra-wide angle prime lenses
Leica Super-Elmar-R 15mm F/3.5Pro 1980 
Leica Super-Elmarit-R 15mm F/2.8Pro 2001 
Leitz Canada Elmarit-R 19mm F/2.8Pro 1975 
Leica Elmarit-R 19mm F/2.8Pro 1990 
Leitz Wetzlar Super-Angulon-R 21mm F/4Pro 1968 
Leitz Wetzlar Super-Angulon-R 21mm F/3.4Non-retrofocusPro 1964 
Wide-angle prime lenses
Leica (Leitz Wetzlar) Elmarit-R 24mm F/2.8 1974 
Leitz Wetzlar Elmarit-R 28mm F/2.8 1970 
Leica Elmarit-R 28mm F/2.8 1993 
Leitz Wetzlar Elmarit-R 35mm F/2.8 1963 
Leitz Wetzlar Elmarit-R 35mm F/2.8 1972 
Leitz Wetzlar Elmarit-R 35mm F/2.8 1978 
Leitz Canada Summicron-R 35mm F/2 1970 
Leica (Leitz Wetzlar) Summicron-R 35mm F/2 1976 
Leica Summilux-R 35mm F/1.4 1983 
Standard prime lenses
Leitz Wetzlar (Leitz Canada) Summicron-R 50mm F/2 1962 
Leica (Leitz, Leitz Canada) Summicron-R 50mm F/2 1976 
Leica (Leitz Canada, Leitz Wetzlar) Summilux-R 50mm F/1.4 1970 
Leitz Wetzlar Summilux-R 50mm F/1.4 (Oskar Barnack 100th Anniversary) 1979 
Leica Summilux-R 50mm F/1.4 1997 
Short telephoto prime lenses
Leitz Elcan-R 75mm F/2 1965 
Leica (Leitz Wetzlar) Summilux-R 80mm F/1.4 1980 
Leitz Wetzlar (Leitz Canada) Elmarit-R 90mm F/2.8 1960 
Leica (Leitz, Leitz Canada) Elmarit-R 90mm F/2.8 1984 
Leica (Leitz, Leitz Canada) Summicron-R 90mm F/2 1970 
Leica APO-Summicron-R 90mm F/2 ASPH. 2002 
Medium telephoto prime lenses
Leitz Canada Elmarit-R 135mm F/2.8 1962 
Leica (Leitz Wetzlar, Leitz Canada) Elmarit-R 135mm F/2.8 1968 
Leitz Wetzlar Elmar-R 180mm F/4 1976 
Leitz Canada Elcan-R 180mm F/3.4 1965 
Leitz Canada APO-Telyt-R 180mm F/3.4Pro 1975 
Leitz Wetzlar (Leitz Canada) Elmarit-R 180mm F/2.8 1966 
Leitz Elmarit-R 180mm F/2.8 1978 
Leica (Leitz Canada) APO-Elmarit-R 180mm F/2.8Pro 1997 
Leica APO-Summicron-R 180mm F/2Pro 1994 
Leitz Canada Telyt-R 250mm F/4 1970 
Leitz Canada Telyt-R 250mm F/4 1980 
Leica APO-Telyt-R 280mm F/4Pro 1993 
Leica APO-Telyt-R 280mm F/2.8Pro 1983 
Leica APO-Telyt-R 280mm F/2.8 ModulePro 1996 
Super telephoto prime lenses
Leitz (Leitz Canada) Telyt-R 350mm F/4.8Pro 1979 
Leitz Wetzlar (Leitz Canada, Leica) Telyt-R 400mm F/6.8Pro 1967 
Leica APO-Telyt-R 400mm F/4 ModulePro 1996 
Leica APO-Telyt-R 400mm F/2.8Pro 1987 
Leica APO-Telyt-R 400mm F/2.8 ModulePro 1996 
Leitz Wetzlar (Leitz Canada) MR-Telyt-R 500mm F/8 1980 
Leitz Wetzlar (Leitz Canada, Leica) Telyt-R 560mm F/6.8Pro 1967 
Leica APO-Telyt-R 560mm F/5.6 ModulePro 2005 
Leica APO-Telyt-R 560mm F/4 ModulePro 2005 
Leitz Wetzlar Telyt-S 800mm F/6.3Pro 1970 
Leica APO-Telyt-R 800mm F/5.6 ModulePro 2005 
Macro lenses
Leitz Wetzlar Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm F/2.81:2 1970 
Leitz Wetzlar (Leica) Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm F/2.81:2 1980 
Leitz Wetzlar (Leitz Canada) Macro-Elmar-R 100mm F/41:3Pro 1968 
Leitz Wetzlar (Leitz Canada) Macro-Elmar 100mm F/4For bellowsPro 1968 
Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-R 100mm F/2.81:2Pro 1986 
Shift lenses
Leica PC-Super-Angulon-R 28mm F/2.8Pro 1988 
Schneider-KREUZNACH PA-Curtagon 35mm F/4 for Leicaflex (Leica R)Pro 1970 
Wide-angle zoom lenses
Leica Vario-Elmar-R 21-35mm F/3.5-4 ASPH. 2001 
Standard zoom lenses
Leica Vario-Elmar-R 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5 1990 
Leica Vario-Elmarit-R 28-90mm F/2.8-4.5 ASPH. 2003 
Leica Vario-Elmar-R 35-70mm F/4 1996 
Leitz Vario-Elmar-R 35-70mm F/3.5 1982 
Leica Vario-Elmar-R 35-70mm F/3.5 1986 
Leica Vario-Elmarit-R 35-70mm F/2.8 ASPH. 1994 
Telephoto zoom lenses
P. Angenieux 45-90mm F/2.8 for Leitz Leicaflex 1969 
Leica Vario-APO-Elmarit-R 70-180mm F/2.8 1995 
Leica (Leitz) Vario-Elmar-R 70-210mm F/4 1983 
Leitz Wetzlar Vario-Elmar-R 75-200mm F/4.5 1978 
Leitz Wetzlar Vario-Elmar-R 80-200mm F/4.5 1974 
Leica Vario-Elmar-R 80-200mm F/4 1995 
Leitz Wetzlar Vario-Elmar-R 105-280mm F/4.2 1996 

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Alternatives

The ones that are highlighted in blue are the recommended lenses.

The ones that are crossed out are the lenses from manufacturers who do not provide adequate quality control. Usually, one doesn't want to purchase them.

Alternatives

The ones that are crossed out are the lenses from manufacturers who do not provide adequate quality control. Usually, one doesn't want to purchase them.

Alternatives

The ones that are highlighted in blue are the recommended lenses.