Panasonic today introduced a new telephoto zoom for Micro Four Thirds System cameras, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 100-400mm. Though it’s not the most extreme tele zoom available from Panasonic—the Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 II and Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH offer greater telephoto reach—it is the fastest with its ƒ/2.8-4.0 variable maximum aperture. It’s also compatible with Panasonic’s 1.4x Teleconverter DMW-TC14 and 2.0x Teleconverter DMW-TC20.
The new lens joins two existing lenses in the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit F2.8-4.0 series, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH and the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH, which together provide an equivalent focal length range of 16mm to 400mm for photographers who want premium zooms with faster maximum apertures.
The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH has POWER O.I.S. image stabilization built-in, and works with Dual I.S. and Dual.I.S.2 in-body stabilization systems when using compatible Panasonic cameras. Availability is expected in June at a list price of $1,699. For additional details, see the press release below.
The New Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens for Superb Image Quality LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (H-ES50200) 100 mm to 400 mm* Super Telephoto with High Mobility
NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — 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.2*2 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-TC14*3 extends focusing distance to 560mm (35mm camera equivalent) and the 2.0x Teleconverter DMW-TC20*3 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.
*1 Dual I.S. can be used with LUMIX GX9, GX8 and GX80/85.
*2 Dual I.S.2 can be used with LUMIX G9, GH5, G80/G81/G85.
*3 To be sold separately as optional accessories.
•Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
•LEICA is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
•ELMARIT is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.
The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series covers 16 to 400mm (35mm camera equivalent) with three outstanding lenses – LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (H-E08018), LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm/F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (H-ES12060) and LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (H-ES50200), to provide versatile, superb picture quality.
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