Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11-23mm F/3.5-4.5 ASPH Lens - The best wide-angle zoom I've ever used


Somebody wrote this comment on a previous post about this lens.

'David, I would say we are not really looking at what is being delivered by the Leica T but rather, your post processing fluff that over-flatters a gear that's not aligned to a true heritage of a rangefinder Leica.'

As I replied, what exactly makes me deserve comments like this? 'Post-processing fluff'? Give me a break. However I'll answer the comment, rude and value judgement loaded though it may be. The  Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11-23mm F/3.5-4.5 ASPH Lens, like all the lenses in the Leica T system, is not being 'over flattered' in any way shame or form. This is a superb lens. Sharp across the frame, minimal distortion, virtually flare-proof and constructed to an incredibly high standard. In fact the best wide-angle zoom I've ever used. And that is very much a source of pleasure and satisfaction for me, because I get to go out and create pictures with it. A pleasure that the commentator will obviously never have, which inclines me to offer sympathy rather than criticism. 

The location was one of favourites, Stratford-Upon-Avon on a sunny day at half-term when the streets and paths were pretty crowded. It was the first day that I got a prolonged period of sunshine to see just what the lens can do and as I indicated above, it does some pretty special things. These days it doesn't seem to be enough that a lens produces a close to flawless performance, but that is what this lens does and as I again indicated, I'm very happy that I am able to use it. So much so that my Sony 16-35mm f/4, one of my lenses of last year, now has a new owner. After using the Leica, I saw little reason to keep the Sony. Nor in fact to keep the majority of my gear which is for sale on ebay.

The Leica T (Typ 701) system is everything I ever wanted a mirrorless interchangeable system to be, in terms of size, weight, handling and performance. If I want a DSLR lookalike, I'll use a DSLR. If I want a compact camera, I'll use one of those, but if I want a classy, innovative, small footprint system that prioritises lens quality and sharpness above all else and offers something new and second to none aesthetics and build quality then I'll make the choice I have.

This is a camera and lens I use with a smile on my face and that smile broadens when I look at the results on my screen. And there is nothing that any billious commenting can do about that!!