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Leica DG 200mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Telephoto Lens

Panasonic has announced the new Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power OIS lens for Micro Four Thirds.

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Panasonic has announced the new Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S. lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras, giving a 400mm equivalent. The lens will be available with a 1.4x teleconvertor, giving a 560mm (f/4) equivalent, or with a 2.0x teleconvertor giving a 800mm equivalent. The Panasonic LEICA H-ES200 Lens will go on sale in December 2017 and will RRP at £2,699 (€3,099).

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Leica DG 200mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Telephoto Lens: H ES200 Side2

 

From Panasonic: New Compact & Lightweight Super-Telephoto Lens with POWER O.I.S. – For Handheld 400mm Equivalent Telephoto Shooting

  • Sharpest-ever corner to corner image quality in LUMIX history
  • Highly versatile lens - Perfect for wildlife and sports photography
  • High-speed, high-precision lens perfect for the contrast AF system for both photo and video recording

 

Panasonic introduces a new 200mm f/2.8 super-telephoto lens, the LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm / F2.8 / POWER O.I.S. (35 mm camera equivalent: 400 mm). The LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm / F2.8 / POWER O.I.S. is the first large aperture, super-telephoto fixed focal length lens named LEICA DG. It boasts the sharpest-ever corner to corner image quality in LUMIX G CSC (Compact System) camera history. Featuring a fast constant aperture lens in a compact, lightweight design, and thanks to the O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer) enables handheld super-telephoto shooting.

With its 400mm super-telephoto focal length equivalent and stunning performance, the LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm / F2.8 / POWER O.I.S. is suitable for wildlife and sports photographers. The bundled 1.4x Teleconverter (DMW-TC14) increases the focal length to 560mm (35mm camera equivalent) for getting closer to the action1.

The fast F2.8 aperture lets you capture fast-moving subjects while the POWER O.I.S. effectively compensates for the hand-shake movement, making it easier to shoot even without a tripod or in low-light situations. The lens is compatible with Dual I.S.2 (Image Stabilizer) and Dual I.S. 23 systems when mounted on the Panasonic LUMIX G CSC cameras for the most effective image stabilisation.

Complying to LEICA’s stringent quality standard, the lens is comprised of 15 elements in 13 groups, featuring two UED (Ultra Extra-low Dispersion) lenses. The use of UED lenses and the crystallization of Panasonic cutting-edge optical technology helps achieve high resolution, high contrast corner to corner images while suppressing distortion and chromatic aberration.

Incorporating a triple linear motor system and max.240 fps sensor drive, the new LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm / F2.8 / POWER O.I.S. achieves high-speed, high-precision AF system in both photo and video recording. This stunning AF performance is excellent for recording 4K video, where precise focusing is especially required. In addition, the micro-step drive system as part of the aperture control helps the camera to smoothly manages brightness changes while panning.

It boasts a rugged, dust/splash-proof design and are even freeze-proof up to -10℃ to withstand professional use under harsh conditions.

 

Offered in beautiful, metallic black colour, it perfectly matches LUMIX G CSC cameras.

The LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm / F2.8 / POWER O.I.S. can also be used with the 2.0x Teleconverter DMW-TC20 (optional accessory), which extends the focal length to 800mm (35mm camera equivalent) for capturing distant objects.

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1 The 1.4x Teleconverter (DMW-TC14) is also sold separately as an optional accessory.

2 Dual I.S. is available on GX8, GX80.

3 Dual I.S.2 is available on GH5, G9, G80.

Some functions of H-ES200 cannot be used with DC-GH5. The firmware for DC-GH5 to fully comply with H-ES200 is scheduled to be released by the end of December, 2018.

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ChrisV Avatar
ChrisV 16 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2017 3:46PM
While it looks like a good lens it's eye-wateringly expensive. I think it would be tough to find another f2.8 prime for more than half the price. Before someone says 'but it's 400mm equivalent', yes it is, but its also f5.6 equivalent in 35mm terms. On a tele the extra DoF isn't much of an issue, but two stops less light is.

Also not exactly light weight, at which point you have to ask, why am I using MFT again? A nikon D750, f2.8 70-200vr and a 2x tele convertor is going to be similar weight wise, cost wise and give you more options.

The G9 is a bit overpriced, but recent [not even that fast] premium lenses from Pan/Oly are starting to look just ridiculous.
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