Leica 18mm Super Elmar F3.8, More Fuji Stuff on The Way

Leica M Typ-240-18mm super elmar f3.8

Leica 18mm Super Elmar F3.8, More Fuji Stuff on The Way:

Hey everyone!  It’s been incredibly hot here in New York City!  But this heat wave should end in a couple of days, which is perfect timing because I just received my Leica 18mm Super Elmar F3.8 from Bergen County Camera yesterday!  I’ve been eyeing this lens for quite some time (actually since my M9 days), and after my time with the Zeiss Touit 12mm, I realized even more that I really wanted an ultra wide angle in my camera kit, so I decided to go for it.

I also thought that this was a great opportunity to purchase the 18mm Super Elmar since Leica lenses are actually in stock right now.  Who knows how long Leica lenses will be in stock when more people get the M 240, right?  I was also thinking about purchasing the 21mm Super Elmar F3.4 instead because of its compact size but after playing with the 18mm last week, I was actually surprised at how compact this lens is for an 18mm.  Also, as I said before, I really wanted an ultra wide.   I had a 21mm Elmarit back in the film days, and while that was an awesome lens, I definitely like the slightly wider focal length.  So, I will definitely be shooting with this lens a lot, and post some images with my new 18mm Super Elmar and Leica M 240 very soon.  I will also write up a review for this lens, and how it performs on the M 240 with plenty of photos.

But before that, I still have a few Fuji related items I’m planning on posting.  I’m still planning on posting my comparison between the Zeiss Touit 32mm, and the Fuji XF 35mm.  So, if you’re interested in either one of these lenses, stay tuned for that.  Also, my friend has been here this week from California, and he let me play around with his Thumbs Up EP-7S that he purchased for his X-Pro1.  I haven’t used the Match Technical Thumbs Up grips before.  In terms of my M 240, I always found it offered plenty of thumb support for me.  But the EP-7S feels great on the X-Pro1.  I’ll be writing up a review for it over the weekend.


So, more is coming :).  I hope everyone has a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

4 comments… add one
  • hey,nice…i wanted some wide angle for my fuji too,haha….anyway what happen to your X-E1?haha

    • Patrick

      Hey Meng,

      Thanks! I didn’t know how much I would love an ultra wide until I used the Zeiss Touit 12mm. Don’t worry, my X-E1 is still here. I did most most of the Zeiss Touit reviews with my X-E1 :). I’ll be posting a comparison between the Zeiss 32mm and the Fuji XF 35mm very soon. I will also write up a review for the Fuji M adapter once that new firmware comes out with the focus peaking. Next up will probably be my review of the Thumbs Up. So stay tuned :). Btw, those are absolutely wonderful portraits of Cai Pei! How has your X-E1 been treating you?

  • Patrick,

    Nice article and photos of the cameras. I used the Lensmate Thumb rest for my Fuji X-E1 and it feels great. I like the more secure feel in the hand and how it also helps with vertical shooting. It offers a more confident grip.
    Keeping my eye out for the review of the Touit vs. Fuji 35 f/1.4 review. It will be interesting to see if there is any different. I think the Fuji lens will win, LOL.
    Have a great weekend, keep cool.


    • Patrick

      Hey Alan,

      Great to hear from you as always, and thanks! I have never used any type of thumb rest for any of my cameras, so this is a new experience for me. I like it…main reason is because it prevents me from hitting some of those buttons on the back of the X-Pro1 by accident.

      In terms of the comparo, I will definitely post it very soon…sorry, I think I’ve been “Touited” out a bit lol, and want to change it up a bit. The Fuji 35mm is an excellent lens, and hard to beat, especially in terms of price.

      Btw, have you seen the new XM-1? I’ve no interest in buying it but wow, it’s small. I know it has no viewfinder but it’s like the size of the X20. Anyway, you have a great weekend as well, Alan. Yes, you keep cool as well. The temps should be dropping tomorrow. I think I’m going to try to take advantage of it, and try out my new 18mm in the city tomorrow morning :).


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