Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm Lens

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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS A flexible optic ideal for wildlife, outdoor, and nature photography, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens from Panasonic is a 100-400mm equivalent zoom designed in collaboration with Leica for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The long reach is complemented by a bright f/2.8-4 maximum aperture range, which benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords control over depth of field for isolating subjects. The optical design incorporates several low dispersion elements, two aspherical elements, and an ultra-high refractive index element to control both chromatic and spherical aberrations for improved clarity and sharpness. A Nano Surface Coating has also been applied to limit flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.

Benefitting both stills shooting and video recording, a 240 fps high-speed AF motor offers quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance. Also, a POWER Optical Image Stabilizer will compensate for camera shake and works with Panasonic's Dual I.S. and Dual I.S. 2.0 in-camera stabilization functions to minimize the appearance of camera shake. Additionally, the physical design of the lens is dust- and moisture-resistant, as well as freeze-proof, for use in inclement shooting conditions.

Manufacturer description: The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4 ASPH Power OIS is a relatively fast telezoom lens that is equivalent to 100-400mm when attached to a Micro Four Thirds body. The lens has 12 elements, including two ultra extra-low dispersion, two extra-low dispersion and two aspherical. It supports the company's Dual IS 2 feature, which allows the lens's IS system to work with the system inside select Panasonic camera bodies. The sturdy body is sealed against dust and moisture. For more reach, the lens supports both of Panasonic's teleconverters: 1.4x and 2x.

  • With a 100-400mm equivalent focal length range on Micro Four Thirds cameras, this telephoto prime is well suited to working with distant subject matter.

  • Bright f/2.8-4 maximum aperture range excels when working in difficult lighting conditions and provides increased control over depth of field.

  • Two ultra extra-low dispersion elements and two extra-low dispersion elements minimize various aberrations in order to produce a high degree of clarity, sharpness, and color accuracy.

  • Two aspherical elements and one ultra high refractive index element help to reduce distortion and spherical aberrations for improved sharpness and accurate rendering throughout the zoom range.

  • Nano Surface Coating has been applied to individual elements to reduce flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color neutrality.

  • POWER Optical Image Stabilizer minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting, and also supports the Dual I.S. and Dual I.S. 2.0 functions for increased stabilization performance.

  • A 240 fps AF motor offers fast, precise, and near-silent focusing performance to benefit both stills shooting and video recording applications.

  • Splash, dust, and freezeproof design benefits working in inclement weather conditions down to -14F.

  • Compatible with optional 1.4x and 2x teleconverters to further extend the effective reach.

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Specifications
Primary specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size FourThirds
Focal length 50–200 mm
Image stabilization Yes
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8–4
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Optics
Elements 21
Groups 15
Special elements / coatings 2 aspherical + 2 UED + 2 ED elements, Nano Surface Coating
Focus
Minimum focus 0.75 m (29.53)
Maximum magnification 0.5×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Linear Motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Physical
Weight 655 g (1.44 lb)
Diameter 76 mm (2.99)
Length 132 mm (5.2)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Filter thread 67 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar No
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