The 90-280mm Leica APO is currently the longest Zoom lens in Leicas line up. It can be used for portrait, sports and some wildlife.
The lense is visibly sharper then it’s previous version. The HC50mm II can be used open at f3.5 and it will be perfectly sharp and contrasty already – given you are able to nail the focus.
Auto focus is fast and most importantly spot on – unlike Canon, Nikon or Sony lenses.
Big and heavy. Besides it’s a beautiful piece of technology.
Highly recommended lense.
Of the 23 elements in seven moving groups, seven are made from glasses with anomalous partial dispersion for the minimisation of chromatic aberrations. The movement of the two focusing elements is provided by a newly developed drive concept with linear positioning of the lenses by stepping motors. A special feature of this is that the overall length of the lens does not change when either focusing or zooming. The lens hood supplied with the lens suppresses undesirable reflections and stray light. The lens also has a removable tripod plate for attaching it to a tripod. Its ergonomic design makes the lens easier to carry by hand and allows the attachment of a lens belt. A lockable rotating tripod collar allows the lens to be fixed at any angle. The collar has detents every 90 degrees for rapid switching from landscape to portrait format.