Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 24-120mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Four Aspherical Elements
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Linear Autofocus Motor
  • POWER Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Splash, Dust, and Freezeproof Design
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Spanning a useful wide-angle to short telephoto range, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens from Panasonic is a 24-120mm equivalent zoom designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Designed in collaboration with Leica, this versatile lens utilizes four aspherical elements and two extra-low dispersion elements to deliver well-corrected, sharp image quality that is void of color fringing and distortions. The lens also makes use of a linear motor for fast, quiet, and precise autofocus performance, and the POWER Optical Image Stabilizer system helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Additionally, the durable metal body of the lens renders it splash, dust, and freezeproof to suit its use in trying environmental conditions.

Standard zoom for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras, this lens provides a 24-120mm equivalent focal length range.
Four aspherical elements and two extra-low dispersion elements contribute to minimizing chromatic and spherical aberrations and various distortions in order to produce a high degree of clarity, sharpness, and color accuracy.
Linear autofocus motor delivers fast AF performance that is also precise, smooth, and near-silent to benefit both stills and video applications.
POWER Optical Image Stabilizer minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting, and also supports the Dual I.S. function for increased stabilization performance.
Splash, dust, and freezeproof design benefits working in inclement weather conditions.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality.
In the Box
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap for Lumix G Lenses
  • Lens Hood
  • Storage Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Performance
    Focal Length 12 - 60mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 120 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8 - 4
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 84° - 20°
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (20 cm)
    Magnification 0.3x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.33
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 12 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Features
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 62 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.69 x 3.39" (68.4 x 86 mm)
    Weight 11.29 oz (320 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.3 lb
    Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic lens Been shooting Nikon equipment since the early 70's. Good Nikon equipment is great, but heavy. Lately I've been looking for a lighter camera without sacrificing flexability or Image quality. The Olympus Mirrorless camera came close to satisfying that objective, and the Leica / Panasonic F2.8 lens puts the combination over the top. It's macro capability will handle most field requirements. Greater macro capability results in greater weight. The 5:1 zoom provides very good image quality (hand held) across a very handy image range. Very low (to no) noise when shooting at ISO 1600. Quality at higher ISO values will depend on the image objectives.
    Date published: 2017-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great general purpose lens Wow! What a lens. I've been using (and loving) my Lumix G-X 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom for years. Now I have a single lens with greater reach with substantially the same weight, size and image quality. I'm not a video shooter so the constant aperture is not so important to me. Mostly, I use this lens for landscape, travel and events. In these situations I stop down to typically f/5.6 anyway. (For art photography and portraits I use a bright 25mm or 75mm prime lens. In summary, its a great lens to be the only lens you leave the house with.
    Date published: 2017-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT WALK ABOUT LENS Great match for Pen-F for a lightweight walk about zoom kit. Outstanding optical performance and usefulness with equivalent 24-120 focal length range. I considered the Oly 12-100/4.0 but it's larger size, longer focal length, and additional 8oz makes it more of a ride about kit on the Pen-F. Bonus: the 12-60/2.8-4.0 suffices as a macro and I no longer need my 45/2.8 macro. Highly recommended. If price is a concern, consider investing in fewer but better lenses.
    Date published: 2017-04-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent for a 5:1 zoom; great walk-around lens. I bought this to supplement my current lineup, and use as a walk around lens instead of the 12-35. I like the extra range it offers. While not quite as sharp as the 12-35 it is still a very sharp lens, and only some nasty pixel peeping can see the difference. Expensive, but worth it.
    Date published: 2017-03-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not replacing my 12-35 for video work I agonized over the decision to keep this lens to compliment my existing 12-35 mk1, but in the end I returned this 12-60. I will say, the quality at 12mm equals that of the 12-35. However, for video work on a small sensor camera, f4 just isn't flexible enough. Going to purchase the 35-100 2.8 instead. If you want an excellent outdoor video lens, try it! And of course, for photography, this lens is incredible!
    Date published: 2017-04-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth.Every.Penny. (Camera: Olympus EM1 mkii; Hoya HD UV filter) The lens arrived this afternoon, and the attached photos are examples of how it performed in the bright mid-afternoon sun. The lake photo was shot at 12mm f11and the flowers at 60mm f4. The lake photo had to be straightened; otherwise there are no corrections to the raw files, which I exported as jpegs. The lake photo is beautifully sharp corner to corner and side to side. The sun flare has only a mild color cast. The lens is very well-balanced on the camera, looks good and handles well. Before I ordered this lens I tried the new Olympus Pro 12-100 f2.8-4 (which I returned to the local store). I am accustomed to Panasonic lenses, specifically the GX 12-35 2.8 and the G 14-45 3.5-5.6. At f11 the Olympus had noticeable diffraction, and at 12mm wasdefinitelysofter than the Panny lenses, although it performed beautifully at wider apertures. Like the G and GX lenses, the sun flare was very brightly colored. The images from the Olympus lens were also softer (at 12mm) along the right side compared to the rest of the frame. This is my dream lens; I'm very, very happy!
    Date published: 2017-03-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best lens for GH5 It has been reviewed to death. What I can tell you is I get the same results with this as I do with my Canon 5D3 and 24-70. I thought I was just buying the GH5 for video. This lens changed my mind.
    Date published: 2017-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT LENS Simply a superb lens. I bought it for use on the coming GH5. In the meantime I have it on my wife's G85 and it produces sharp images and excellent dynamic range. Well worth the money!
    Date published: 2017-03-15
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