Leica X2 review

Leica Elmart 24mm f/2.8 Asph

The Leica X2's 24mm f/2.8 lens comprises eight elements, arranged into six groups, with one aspherical element, which should help to reduce distortion and aberration. The Elmarit designation is used by Leica to describe any of its lenses with an f/2.8 aperture.

Having a fixed rather than a zoom lens on the X2 means that the lens can maximise the potential resolution of the sensor, rather than be compromised by the complicated optics of a zoom. In this respect, the Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 Asph is very good. There is little loss of sharpness in any of the corners, making it useful for landscape images. Curvilinear distortion is also kept to an absolute minimum and won't really be noticeable unless the user is shooting objects with straight lines at close to the minimum shooting distance.

Faint chromatic aberrations are visible towards the edges of raw files, but have been removed in JPEG images.


Image: The 35mm (equivalent) lens sometimes left me feeling a little far from documentary subjects