JUST ANNOUNCED: Panasonic launches new Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH Power OIS
1 March 2018 | Category: General News
Panasonic has announced the third of its Leica f/2.8-4 zoom lenses with the release of a 50-200mm telephoto Vario-Elmarit. The new lens offers premium quality in a compact body, and will be compatible with the DMW-TC14 and DMW-TC20 teleconverters that Panasonic company launched with the Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S. The focal range of the lens provides 24-6.2° angles of view, similar to those from a 100-400mm lens for a full frame system, but with the optional convertors will act as a 140-560mm f/4-5.6 or 200-800mm f/5.6-8.
The lens is dust and freeze-proof and offers 5-axis image stabilisation as part of the Lumix Dual IS ll system. Constructed from 21 elements in 15 groups, it uses 2 aspherical lenses, 2 Ultra Extra-low Dispersion elements, 2 Ultra-low Dispersion elements and an element in Ultra High Resolution glass to maintain image sharpness and detail.
Panasonic says that image shift has also been reduced by fixing the second group of elements when the lens is zoomed, and that smoother zooming is possible to produce better movie footage. A micro-stepper is used to control the nine-bladed iris to ensure aperture changes can be performed smoothly and un-noticeably during video recording, and the speed of the AF system will be governed by a 240fps AF drive that will also reduce focus wobble.
The lens measures 132mm in length, and 76mm in diameter, and will take a 67mm filter. It will weigh 655g.
We expect to have it in stock towards the end of April 2018 it it can be found, HERE.