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Leica Vario-Elmar-SL 100-400 f/5-6.3 Lens (L-Mount)

MFR# 11191
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  • Offers the widest and longest zoom range in the SL-System
  • Weather-sealed lens with AquaDura® coating on the external glass elements
  • Features an ARCA-SWISS compatible, detachable tripod base
  • Offers 4 stops of built-in optical image stabilization
  • The new extender provides a range of 140-560mm, effectively offering double the focal length when compared to the longest SL telephoto lens currently available

With the widest focal length range in the SL portfolio, this compact telephoto zoom lens gets you close to the action in an instant, capturing your images and videos in outstanding quality.

Pinpoint Sharpness

The crispness of the details is where the Vario-Elmar reveals its genuine ability. Pay special attention to the extreme sharpness of the eyelashes and fur of the kangaroo.


The autofocus of the Vario lens satisfies the highest standards even while shooting continuously. Sharpness, brightness, and clarity are present in every photograph in the series.

Clarity & Contrast

The combination of the Vario lens and the Leica SL2-S is also convincing in critical lighting situations such as backlighting. Excellent clarity and contrast are guaranteed for all tasks.

Finest Details

The rendering of details with the Leica Vario-Elmar-SL 100-400 f/5-6.3 is extremely high. Zoom in to see the clear structure of the mountain's texture.


Even at high ISO values, the lens impresses with its high performance in terms of sharpness and precision. Besides the very finest structures in the athlete's eye, the lens is still fast enough to capture the cartridge case.


The depth of field gets smaller, as the focal length increases. This results in clear separated objects from the foreground. Note the soft bokeh and smooth structure of the background.


In addition to a beautiful, smooth separation of the subject from the background, the lens impresses with excellent color rendition, especially in crucial red tones, according to highest Leica standards.


The lens also masters the demands of sports. Fast, precise and with outstanding quality, the combination of the lens with the Leica SL2-S is truly convincing.

Far, yet so close

With its focal length of 100-400mm, the Vario-Elmar-SL is extremely versatile. Particularly when photographing and filming animals, nature, sports and action, it brings you up close to the subjects in the distance – for shots with the unmistakable Leica look and outstanding image quality. The optical image stabiliser and precise autofocus capture movement with sharp contrast. With its compact design and flexible handling, the telephoto zoom lens lets you react quickly at any time. And thanks to the L-Mount bayonet, it works not only in combination with SL-Cameras.

Constructional Details

The optical design of the Vario-Elmar-SL 100-400 f/5-6.3 comprises 22 lenses in 16 groups. Both outer lenses have a water and dirt-repellent Aqua-Dura® coating.

The ARCA-SWISS compatible, detachable tripod base is extremely practical and convenient. It can be inserted directly into a suitable mounting system without the need for a quick-release plate, always ensuring a solid hold when using a tripod. The lockable tripod clamp allows the lens to be fixed seamlessly at any angle, but you can feel when it locks in every 90 degrees to enable quick changes between portrait and landscape formats.

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