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50-200mm F2.8-4 Panasonic Leica lens
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    Specifications

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  • Another mention

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    Hope to see something working at next Photokina.

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  • Thanks for the update! Have been waiting for this lens to replace my aging 45-200mm F4-5.6.

  • For Premium pocket$.

  • Next mention, Japanese presentation. Release must be very soon.

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  • Long wait soon comes to an end, announcement very soon.

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  • Specs updated.

  • Newark, NJ (February 26, 2018) Panasonic introduces a new telephoto zoom digital interchangeable lens, the compact LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 100-400 mm), the third lens to be introduced from its LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series. And like all lenses in the series, includes Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosts and flaring, plus a rugged, dust/splash-proof design that is freeze-proof to -10℃.

    The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. has a zoom range of 100mm to super telephoto 400 mm (35mm camera equivalent) to cover shooting situations from wildlife and indoor sports to portraits. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates for hand-shake movement to shoot even without a tripod. The lens works with Dual I.S.1 (Image Stabilizer) and Dual.I.S.22 when mounted on compliant Panasonic LUMIX DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) cameras.

    Comprising 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 sensor drive at max. 240 fps takes full advantage of cameras with high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF for exceptional video recording performance, and an inner focus drive system ensures smooth, silent operation. A micro-step drive system in the aperture control helps the camera smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design provides exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming.

    By attaching a filter (67mm) such as ND or PL, the lens provides a wider range of expression in photos and video. A 1.4x Teleconverter DMW-TC143 extends focusing distance to 560mm (35mm camera equivalent) and the 2.0x Teleconverter DMW-TC203 to 800mm (35mm camera equivalent) for more close-up shots.

    The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm will be available in stores at the end of June 2018. Suggested retail price is $1699.99 Available in sharp, metallic black.

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  • UK PR

    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.

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  • Review

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    50mm Sharpness

    Sharpness is excellent at the center of the frame between f/2.8 (the widest aperture at this point), and f/5.6. It’s ever so slightly softer at f/8, and softer again at f/11. At f/16 and f/22, it’s noticeably softer in the center when examining at 100%, but maintains a good impression of sharpness when viewing at normal printing and web sizes. At the edge of the image, the best sharpness can be seen between f/5.6 and f/11.

    200mm Sharpness

    At the center when shooting at 200mm, sharpness is very good at f/4.0 (the widest aperture available), rising to excellent at f/5.6 and f/8 before becoming slightly softer again at f/11 and softer again at f/16. The softest result is seen at f/22, but still maintains a good impression of detail when looking at the image at normal printing sizes. At the edges, sharpness is best between f/5.6 and f/16.

    http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_leica_dg_vario_elmarit_50_200mm_f2_8_4_0_asph_power_ois_review

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