Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 Leica DG ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens for the Micro Four Thirds system with a not-so-micro zoom range, a sincerely expansive 200-800mm equivalent focal length range, yet keeps a relatively compact stature to go with the Micro Four Thirds system. Symbolized by its Leica branding, this sophisticated optic makes use aspherical and extra-low dispersion elements to notably reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations all throught the entire zoom range for a high caliber of image clarity and sharpness. Also an advantage to image sharpness, a POWER O.I.S. system, which is congruent with Lumix G camera's Dual I.S. function, goes a long way to diminish the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld images at longer focal lengths.

An advantage to both stills images and video recording, a 240 frames per second high-speed AF motor is both quiet and decisive, and a focus limiter function can be used to constrain the focusing range for even faster performance. Additionally, the physical design of the lens uses a gapless construction that makes it resistant to both dust and moisture for use in inclement situations. And while its lightweight, compact design is ideal for handheld shooting, the 100-400mm f/4-6.3 also contains an integrated rotating tripod collar for rapid switching between shooting horizontal and vertical orientations when shooting atop a monopod or tripod.

Telephoto zoom created for Micro Four Thirds system cameras, this lens provides a 200-800mm (35mm equivalent focal length).

Engineered in conjunction with Leica, the 20 elements, 13 groups optical layout incorporates a single aspherical extra-low dispersion element, a single Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion element, and a pair of extra-low dispersion elements. The aspherical and low dispersion elements combined helps to diminish spherical aberrations and color fringing all through the zoom range for enhanced sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy.

POWER O.I.S. device helps to control camera shake for sharper handheld images. This system is also congruent with the Dual I.S. function in selected Lumix G cameras, which more effectively diminishes the appearance of camera shake by employing both sensor-shift and lens-shift type stabilization approaches.

A 240 fps AF motor provides fast, precise, and stealth-silent focusing performance as an advantage to both stills shooting and video recording functions.

Focus Limiter allows you to inhibit the focusing distance of the lens from its minimum focusing span to infinity, or from 16.4' all the way to infinity.

The minimum focusing span is 4.3', which teams with an equivalent maximum magnification of 0.5x to handle shooting close-up subjects.

A rounded nine-blade diaphragm adds to a pleasing bokeh quality when shooting with selective focus and shallow depth of field styles.

Gapless construction allows the lens to be both dust and moisture-resistant to assist in photographing in outdoor and caustic locations.

A built-in quick-shift, dual-part rotating tripod collar allows rapid switching between horizontal and vertical photography orientations, and retains the lens controls in the same position once rotated for more intuitive shooting.

A unified hide-away lens hood can rescind around the lens when not being used, or be positioned to guard against stray light from creating superfluous lens flare and ghosting.

A zoom ring lock counters unwanted lens creep from developing while carrying the lens.

Dedicated levers are included to select the Focus Limiter location, AF or MF focusing styles, or to deactivate the lens-based POWER O.I.S.

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Specifications
Primary Specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size FourThirds
Focal length 100400 mm
Image stabilization Yes
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum aperture F4
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes Circular blades
Optics
Elements 20
Groups 13
Special elements / coatings 1 aspherical ED, 1 UED, 2 ED elements
Focus
Minimum focus 1.30 m (51.18)
Maximum magnification 0.25
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micromotor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Extending front
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter Yes
Physical
Weight 985 g (2.17 lb)
Diameter 83 mm (3.27)
Length 172 mm (6.75)
Sealing Yes
Color Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 72.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar Yes

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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5