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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH.

Panasonic has officially announced the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH Micro Four Thirds cameras, with price and availability information.

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Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH.

First shown at Photokina 2016 (under development), this is the third Leica f/2.8-4.0 zoom lens in the range, and gives 100-400mm equivalent in 35mm terms. The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH is weather-sealed, and will be available from May, priced at £1599. The lens can be used with a 1.4x Teleconverter, or a 2.0x Teleconverter, to extend the reach of the lens.

The other lenses in this range, are the Leica 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0, and the wide-angle Leica 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0.

 

From Panasonic: 26 February 2018 – Today, Panasonic introduced a new telephoto zoom digital interchangeable lens, the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 100-400 mm). This is the third lens to be introduced as part of the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series.

Covering a focusing distance from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto, this new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series achieves exceptionally high descriptiveness for both photo and video recording and yet its size is kept compact.

All the lenses take advantage of Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimise ghosts and flaring. They boasts a rugged, dust and splash-proof design and are even freeze-proof down to -10 degree Celsius, to withstand professional use under harsh conditions.

The new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH. offers a zoom range of 100mm to super telephoto 400 mm (35mm camera equivalent). It covers a variety of daily shooting situations, from wildlife to indoor sports, and even supports portrait shots, taking advantage of the f/2.8-4.0 high-speed performance.

Furthermore, the 1.4x Teleconverter DMW-TC14[1] extends the focusing distance to 560mm (35mm camera equivalent) and the 2.0x Teleconverter DMW-TC20[2] to 800mm (35mm camera equivalent) for more close-up shots.

The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) effectively compensates for the hand-shake movement, making it easy to shoot even without a tripod. The lens works with Dual I.S.[3] (Image Stabilizer) and Dual.I.S.2[4] when mounted on the compliant Panasonic LUMIX G cameras.

Comprising a total of 21 elements in 15 groups, the lens system features two UED (Ultra Extra-low Dispersion) lenses, two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses and two aspherical lenses. The use of these lenses effectively suppress spherical distortion or chromatic aberration to achieve high resolution and contrast from centre to corners.

Paired with a compatible Lumix G camera that is capable of sensor drive at a maximum 240 fps, you can take full advantage of high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF. It also helps to reduce wobbling. Notably as a result, the new lens excels in video recording performance.

In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system, the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section helps the camera to smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimise image shifts during zooming. The AF tracking performance in zooming is also improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.

Allowing an attachment of a filter (67mm) such as ND or PL, this lens provides various expression in both photos and videos.

Offered in, metallic black, it  matches the current LUMIX range, as well as complimenting existing lenses in the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series.

The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series covers from 16 to 400mm (35mm camera equivalent) with three excellent lenses to provide versatile way of use and superb picture quality:

[1] To be sold separately as optional accessories.
[2] To be sold separately as optional accessories.
[3] Dual I.S. can be used with LUMIX GX9, GX8 and GX80/85.
[4] Dual I.S.2 can be used with LUMIX G9, GH5, G80/G81/G85.

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
LEICA is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
ELMARIT is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.

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