LEICA TS-APO-ELMAR-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH. tilt/shift lens: Superior control of perspectives while maintaining highest possible image quality and intuitive handling

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Photokina, Cologne, 17 September 2012: Leica Camera AG today announced the TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH., the first fully-adjustable tilt/shift lens for the Leica S medium format system. This apochromatically corrected lens, provides options for parallel shifting and tilting (Scheimpflug principle), and offers photographers all the adjustment options usually found in field cameras, while simultaneously guaranteeing the greatest possible image quality, easy handling and universal applicability of the Leica S- System.

The Leica TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH. is ideal for product and still life photography, in which perfect perspectives and maximum depth of field are required. Its optical system consists of six individual lens elements and allows parallel shifts (shift) of up to 12 mm in all directions and tilting of the plane of focus (tilt) by up to 8°. Its apochromatically corrected lenses ensure that the familiar superior quality delivered by the S-System is maintained, even when fully exploiting the limits of creative freedom.

Tilting the plane of focus allows photographers to place it at any chosen point within the image. This means that optimum depth of field can be achieved without stopping down sharply and without having to accept the qualitative disadvantages of a closed aperture. The Leica TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH. also allows photographers to customise the location of the plane of sharpest focus.

Parallel shifting enables precise correction of converging or diverging verticals, without the loss of resolution generally encountered when applying corrections with post-processing software. This simultaneously ensures that the performance and capabilities of the S-System are preserved, and that photographers have complete control over all lines within the image frame. Thanks to its large image circle, the Leica TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH. allows the combination of tilting and shifting. This means that photographers can exploit creative freedom in all its aspects in image composition.

Due to its special construction and external form, the Leica TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH. differs to some extent from the other lenses of the S-System. For instance, it features an integrated lens hood that reliably prevents stray light entering the optical system. Shifting and tilting movements are controlled by a total of four rings. Two more rings manually control the aperture and distance settings.

As with all other lenses of the Leica S-System portfolio, the Leica TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH. is distinguished by rugged, enduring design and construction that guarantees years of dependability, even with frequent use.

The lens is supplied with a tripod mounting plate with 1/4″ and 3/8″ bushes, allowing the lens to be fixed securely in any position.

Alongside the new Leica TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH., the current S-System portfolio offers a total of eight lenses (five of which will also be available in CS versions with a central shutter), that guarantee uncompromising image quality for almost all areas of photography.

Pricing and availability

The Leica TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH. is scheduled to be available in the UK at a suggested retail price of £4,920 inc VAT from January 2013 from authorised Leica S dealers including the Leica Store Mayfair: www.leica-storemayfair.co.uk, tel: 020 7629 1351. A full list of authorised UK Leica dealers is available at www.leica-camera.co.uk.

LEICA TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH.: Technical specifications

Tilt/shift telephoto lens with superior imaging quality for Leica S-Cameras

All Leica S-Models
~23.6°, 20°, 13.6°, equivalent to ~96 mm focal length in 35 mm format 153 mm (equivalent to ~2.8x the Leica S-Format)

23.3 / 65.6 mm

Max. 12mm in all directions Max. 8° in all directions

0.92 m (3 ft) to infinity
Combined metre / feet graduation ~159 x 239 mm ( 6.26 x / 9.4 in) 1:5.3

Manual presetting, setting and open/close with separate rings, one-third values selectable
Leica S quick-change bayonet

Inner threaded mount for E95 filters, non-rotating filter mount Black anodised

~144 mm (5.7 in)
~108/57.7 mm (4.25/2.27 in), with/without tripod plate ~1,110 g (2.45 lb)


Compatible cameras

Angle of view
(diagonal, horizontal, vertical) Lens in neutral setting

Image circle diameter

Optical design

Number of lenses / groups

Aspherical surfaces

Position of entrance pupil (from the apex of the first lens surface / bayonet)

Shift/tilt displacement

Tilt angle


Working range


Smallest object field

Largest reproduction ratio


Setting / function

Smallest aperture value


Filter mount


Dimensions and weight

Length to bayonet flange

Maximum diameter/height


End. (17/09/12).