The Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S. from Panasonic is its latest telephoto lens for Micro Four Third (MFT) camera mounts. The prime lens is a 2x crop factor comparable to a 400mm equivalent on 35mm, and it features a very compact, lightweight design ideal for working with subjects at a distance on a tripod or handheld.

The optical design consists of 15 elements in 13 groups with two UED (Ultra Extra-low Dispersion) lenses. The UED glass helps usher in high contrast images from corner to corner, reducing distortion and chromatic aberration even while shooting 4K video. A Nano Surface Coating has been added to individual elements to reduce flare and ghosting for improved color and contrast. 

Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 POWER O.I.S. LensLeica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8Credit: Panasonic

Its fast F2.8 aperture is ideal for low light situations and the Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) reduces shake for a steadier frame. The lens also works with Panasonic's Lumix mirrorless cameras supporting Dual I.S. and Dual I.S. 2.0 stabilization systems, the latter found in the DC-GH5. A triple linear motor system and 240 fps sensor drive steers the autofocus while the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section allows the camera to smoothly transition between brightness changes during pans.

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The splash, dust and freeze proof design can be used in weather conditions down to -14°F and the quick access lens controls, including a focus limiter, focus button and focus memory switch, are available for tactile control over its settings.

The Elmarit 200mm will be available in January 2018 bundled with the 1.4x teleconverter (560mm – 35mm equivalent) for $2,999. An optional 2x teleconverter (800mm – 35mm equivalent) costs $599.

Tech Specs: 

  • Focal Length: 200mm
  • 35mm Focal Length: 400 mm
  • Aperture f/2.8 - f/22
  • Micro Four Thirds
  • Angle of View: 6.2°
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 3.77' (1.15 m)
  • Magnification: 0.2x
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:5
  • Elements/Groups: 15 / 13
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9, rounded