Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 POWER O.I.S. Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 400mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Nano Surface Coating
  • Triple Linear Autofocus Motor
  • POWER Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Focus Control Limiter; Focus Memory
  • Splash, Dust, and Freezeproof Design
  • DMW-TC14 1.4x Teleconverter Included
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Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Overview

  • 1Description

A big lens for the Micro Four Thirds system, the Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 POWER O.I.S. Lens from Panasonic is a 400mm-equivalent super telephoto prime, developed in partnership with Leica, that promises sharp imagery and excellent handling. With a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture users can work in low-light conditions and create images with a shallow depth of field. Ensuring optimal image quality, the design incorporates two Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion (UED) elements that combat aberrations while a Nano Surface Coating is applied to minimize flare.

Optimized for the capture of distant and fast-moving subject matter, this lens is equipped with a quiet triple linear motor autofocus system that has a 240 fps sensor drive for exceptionally fast performance in both stills and video. Also, a POWER Optical Image Stabilizer will compensate for camera shake and works with Panasonic's Dual I.S. and Dual I.S. 2.0 in-camera stabilization functions. Along with this, quick access lens controls, including a focus limiter, focus button, and focus memory switch, are available for tactile control over numerous settings.

Further benefitting the professional nature of this optic is a splash, dust, and freezeproof design for use in less-than-ideal weather conditions. It is compatible with teleconverters for added reach and the DMW-TC14 1.4x Teleconverter is included for creating a 560mm-equivalent lens at the cost of one stop of light.

With a 400mm equivalent focal length on Micro Four Thirds cameras, this telephoto prime is well suited to working with distant subject matter.
A fast f/2.8 maximum aperture excels when working in difficult lighting conditions and provides extensive control over depth of field.
Two ultra extra-low dispersion elements minimize various aberrations in order to produce a high degree of clarity, sharpness, and color accuracy.
Nano Surface Coating has been applied to individual elements to reduce flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color neutrality.
A triple linear motor autofocus system delivers smooth, near-silent performance that is especially beneficial to video applications when working in noise-sensitive areas. It is also able to drive the motor at up to 240 fps for high-speed applications and is silent for use in video.
POWER Optical Image Stabilizer minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting, and also supports the Dual I.S. and Dual I.S. 2.0 functions for increased stabilization performance.
Physical controls located on the lens barrel provide quick access to many commonly adjusted settings. This includes a focus control limiter for changing from full-range focusing or 9.8' to infinity for faster operation in some circumstances. Also, there is a focus button and a focus memory switch that can be set up to store focus position or to recall a specific camera function. In addition to these more unique controls, there is an AF/MF switch and a POWER O.I.S. on/off switch.
Splash, dust, and freezeproof design benefits working in inclement weather conditions down to -14°F.
A quick-shift, two-part rotating tripod collar permits quick switching between horizontal and vertical shooting orientations, and keeps the lens controls in the same place once rotated for more intuitive handling.
The lens comes supplied with a 1.4x teleconverter, providing users with a 560mm-equivalent focal length at a cost of 1 stop of light. For even more reach, an optional 2x teleconverter is available for an 800mm-equivalent focal length.
UPC: 885170327849
In the Box
Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 POWER O.I.S. Lens
  • DMW-TC14 1.4x Teleconverter
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap for Lumix G Lenses
  • Lens Hood
  • External Tripod Mount
  • Storage Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Specs

    Focal Length 200mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 400mm)
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8
    Minimum Aperture f/22
    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 6.2
    Maximum Magnification 0.2x
    Minimum Focus Distance 3.77' / 1.15 m
    Optical Design 15 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Tripod Collar Removable and Rotating
    Filter Size 77 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.4 x 6.850" / 87.5 x 174 mm
    Weight 43.9 oz / 1245 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.6 x 6.4 x 6.3"

    Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Reviews

    Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 POWER O.I.S. Lens is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful lens Pretty expensive lens, however the price drop to $2,500 is welcomed. Outstanding quality, build quality and photo quality are superb. This focal length works incredibly well at the zoo, alongside the included 1.4x teleconverter for the occasional times you need to reach just a bit further. I paired this lens with a GH5. Fast and accurate auto focus. Can't really think of anything bad to say about it, beautiful lens. Attached tiger photo was taken without the teleconverter at f/8.0. Cheetah is with 1.4 teleconverter at f/4.0.
    Date published: 2018-05-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from There's a reason why it's not cheap Yes this lens will take a chunk out of your retirement savings. And for good reasons. It focuses really fast and is razor sharp. I still don't like the hoods on pany telephotos (also have the 100-400) but they addressed the annoyance I had with the tripod collar not rotating 360*, because this one rotates all the way around. One minor gripe, which I won't mark it down for, is that the rattle (common with stabilized lenses when the camera power is off) is much louder than usual. Quite possibly because of the size of the elements. Unlike the full frame equivalent this fits into my domke with room to spare. It is so nice having a telephone lens that is compact but not a sacrifice in quality (thinking of the 100-300 lenses on full frames DSLRs). This is my most expensive lens and so far the best performing. The 100-400mm will always have a place with me, but the 200mm is my new wildlife lens of choice.
    Date published: 2018-03-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top notch and so light! I am coming from 20years of Nikkor 300 f/2.8 up to their 800mm. No more... This 200mm f/2.8 paired with the G9 is a high performance tool, at a fraction of the cost and weight. Sharpness is stellar, as well as stabilisation, way better than the good old Nikon VR. No tripod with a 400mm equivalent field, that’s a reality. Thanks to Panasonic for re-inventing photography. I’m with you guys.
    Date published: 2018-03-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really nice lens This is a 200 mm lens f/2.8 that is very sharp and fast, even with the 1.4X teleconverter. This would be the equivalent of a 400 mm f/2.8 lens for a full frame camera (or equivalent to a 560 mm f/4 when the teleconverter is used) at a fraction of the cost of the equivalent full frame lens! There is also an optional 2X teleconverter available. Can lens be very easily hand held (providing a good technique) due to the internal stabilization system that can be paired to the Camera stabilization system. This represent a 6.5 stop of stabilization when used with the Lumix 9G body. Furthermore, there is a programmable button on the lens barrel that is very handy (I use it for auto-focus and remove the auto focus on the shutter button). There is also a programmable focal length memory selector button. On top of this, there is a f stop ring at the end of the barrel that I really like. This f stop ring can be use to any f stop, overriding the camera (manual) or could be set to "auto" for the camera to take over. With such a low f/stop, this is an excellent telephoto lens to use in low light condition. I would highly recommend this lens to any serious photographer, especially for birds and wildlife photography.
    Date published: 2018-07-03
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    Can you mount the hood in reverse for transporting?
    Asked by: Eduardo
    The hood, like most other Panasonic-Leica lenses, slides onto the front and secures with a set screw. The hood can be reversed and tightened onto the lens for travel.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Will this lens work with the Black Magic cameras?
    Asked by: Bill
    Yes, if your Black Magic camera has a Micro Four Thirds lens mount then this, or any Micro Four Thirds lens, will be compatible.
    Answered by: Andrea O.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    In terms of image sharpness, would this lens be considered an upgrade of Olympus 300mm f/4 Pro?
    Asked by: ZHOU Y.
    Both of these lenses are superb; you cannot be anything but pleased with their image performance, handling and build quality. One review suggests better image quality numbers for the Olympus. However, numbers are not images and the difference, if there is any, I do not think actually impact image quality. The Panasonic has that f/2.8, while less a need than in film days, still helps stopping low light action. I think in terms of image sharpness, it is a tie. Go for the Panasonic if you need the f/2.8.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-12-26


    I just got this lens. The first thing I noticed is that it seems like the optical stabilization moves around when the camera is off (similar to how the IBIS sensors move when there is no power). When I power on the camera it goes away. Not sure if this is a defect or if it is part of the intentional design. Did anyone else encounter this?
    Asked by: Ed C.
    Original author here:I did find in the manual that there is a rattle that occurs when the camera is off (it's not a malfunction). It's just quite a bit louder than I expected.
    Answered by: Ed C.
    Date published: 2018-12-28


    Does the TC change the minimum aperture?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The aperture (lens working diameter) itself is static and always unaffected by a TC, however because the focal length does change the f-stop + TC is calculated at the max aperture, so a 2x TC takes an f2.8 to a f5.6 but an f22 does not necessarily ratio to an f88 .
    Answered by: Scott U.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Does the image stabilization work as well on the Olympus cameras?
    Asked by: Clyde
    I normally use this lens with the Pana G9 but I did try it with the Oly Pen F and it works well. I think its better on the G9 (dual stabilization) but not by that much. On the Oly's you have a choice of lens OIS, or IBIS if the lens OIS is disabled. Either works well. The two will not work together as they do on a Panasonic body. Its a great lens, I would not let a very small stabilization penalty preclude use with an Oly body.For your info, there is an Oly firmware update dealing with use of the 200f2.8 lens. I have no idea what the issue for Oly was but I recall the needed update was anticipated even before the 200f2.8 was distributed.
    Answered by: Randall E.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Does this lens have an aperture ring?
    Asked by: Jacob
    Answered by: Frank G.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Does Sync IS make tripod use redundant for video recording?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Not really, no. At least not at a longer focal length like this.
    Answered by: Blair A.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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