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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

BH #PA5020028 • MFR #H-ES50200
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 100-400mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two UED Elements, Two ED Elements
A flexible optic ideal for wildlife, outdoor, and nature photography, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens from Panasonic is a 100-400mm equivalent zoom designed in collaboration with Leica for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The long reach is complemented by a bright f/2.8-4 maximum aperture range, which benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords control over depth of field for isolating subjects. The optical design incorporates several low dispersion elements, two aspherical elements, and an ultra-high refractive index element to control both chromatic and spherical aberrations for improved clarity and sharpness. A Nano Surface Coating has also been applied to limit flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2... Overview

A flexible optic ideal for wildlife, outdoor, and nature photography, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens from Panasonic is a 100-400mm equivalent zoom designed in collaboration with Leica for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The long reach is complemented by a bright f/2.8-4 maximum aperture range, which benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords control over depth of field for isolating subjects. The optical design incorporates several low dispersion elements, two aspherical elements, and an ultra-high refractive index element to control both chromatic and spherical aberrations for improved clarity and sharpness. A Nano Surface Coating has also been applied to limit flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.

Benefitting both stills shooting and video recording, a 240 fps high-speed AF motor offers quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance. 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 to minimize the appearance of camera shake. Additionally, the physical design of the lens is dust- and moisture-resistant, as well as freeze-proof, for use in inclement shooting conditions.

With a 100-400mm equivalent focal length range on Micro Four Thirds cameras, this telephoto prime is well suited to working with distant subject matter.
Bright f/2.8-4 maximum aperture range excels when working in difficult lighting conditions and provides increased control over depth of field.
Two ultra extra-low dispersion elements and two extra-low dispersion elements minimize various aberrations in order to produce a high degree of clarity, sharpness, and color accuracy.
Two aspherical elements and one ultra high refractive index element help to reduce distortion and spherical aberrations for improved sharpness and accurate rendering throughout the zoom range.
Nano Surface Coating has been applied to individual elements to reduce flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color neutrality.
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.
A 240 fps AF motor offers fast, precise, and near-silent focusing performance to benefit both stills shooting and video recording applications.
Splash, dust, and freezeproof design benefits working in inclement weather conditions down to -14°F.
Compatible with optional 1.4x and 2x teleconverters to further extend the effective reach.
UPC: 885170338739

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2... Specs

Focal Length50 to 200mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 100 to 400mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8 to 4
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens Format CoverageMicro Four Thirds
Angle of View24° to 6.2°
Minimum Focus Distance2.46' / 75 cm
Maximum Magnification0.25x
Optical Design21 Elements in 15 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.99 x 5.2" / 76 x 132 mm
Length at Maximum Extension6.95" / 176.48 mm
Weight1.44 lb / 655 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.195 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.25 x 4.5 x 4.5"

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2... Reviews

Leica Lens is primo

By William R
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-16

As a Panasonic Micro 4/3 enthusiast, I've enjoyed their offering of lenses. Recently, however, I started buying their higher-end Leica lenses. While my wallet is lighter and my camera kit heavier as a result, the quality of the images are noticeably better and the autofocus seems more responsive. Just another example of getting what you pay for! :)

Sweetheart of a Lens

By David
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-25

Not for any close items. But brings far off items in nice and close.

Fantastic addition to any gear bag

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-13

I purchased this lens to supplement the 12-60mm lens I got as part of my Panasonic G9 kit. I really like the mid-range lens in the trio, but quickly realized it didn’t have the reach I wanted. There are plenty of lens choices out there, and telephoto zooms are no exception. I chose this lens specifically because of its range and build quality. Make no mistake, this is very high-quality glass, and it has a price tag to match. The old adage “you get what you pay for” is true in spades here. The weight of the lens is immediately noticeable. It is twice as heavy as the other two in the trio. On my G9 it feels decently balanced and would probably feel even more so if I had the additional battery grip. I would have liked to see a tripod foot on the lens to help support the weight; however, I trust the camera mount to properly support it. Another nice feature of the lens is its compatibility with Panasonic’s teleconverters. Strangely, this isn’t advertised anywhere. Even Panasonic’s own materials don’t provide this information. I’m not sure why, as the teleconverters in conjunction with this lens provide an extremely versatile kit. Put the 2x converter behind the lens and you’ve now got the equivalent focal range of the Panasonic-Leica 100-400mm, albeit at a cost of 2 stops of light – the maximum aperture range goes from f/2.8-4 to f/5.6-8. This is just a bit slower than the 100-400, which offers a maximum aperture range from f/4-6.3. As with the other two lenses in the trio, the maximum aperture of f/2.8 is only available at the smallest focal length. In the case of this lens, that means 50mm. As soon as you move that ring, the maximum aperture starts to close down. For example, it moves to f/2.9 at 53mm and f/3 at 56mm. If we go by the focal lengths marked on the lens, you’ll see that at 50mm it’s f/2.8, at 70mm it’s f/3.3, at 100mm it’s f/3.6, at 150mm it’s f/3.9 and at 200mm it’s f/4. It actually gets to f/4 at 179mm and that remains the maximum aperture from there. This lens defines the Micro Four Thirds system vision. If you compare it to a full frame lens like the Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS, it is smaller, lighter and cheaper for the same equivalent focal length range. Yes, the Sony lens is a touch faster – f/4.5 vs f/5.6 equivalent. However, that Sony lens weighs over twice as much and costs about $1000 more. This isn’t a cheap lens by any stretch of the imagination. It is, however, an extremely good one.

Brilliant telephoto lens with excellent image quality

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-12

I purchased this lens to supplement the 12-60mm lens I got as part of my Panasonic G9 kit. I really like the mid-range lens in the PL Elmarit trio, but quickly realized it didn’t have the reach I wanted. There are plenty of lens choices out there, and telephoto zooms are no exception. I chose this lens specifically because of its range and build quality. Make no mistake, this is very high-quality glass, and it has a price tag to match. The old adage “you get what you pay for” is true in spades here. The weight of the lens is immediately noticeable. It is twice as heavy as the other two in the trio. On my G9 it feels decently balanced and would probably feel even more so if I had the additional battery grip. I would have liked to see a tripod foot on the lens to help support the weight; however, I trust the camera mount to properly support it. Another nice feature of the lens is its compatibility with Panasonic’s teleconverters. Strangely, this isn’t advertised anywhere. Even Panasonic’s own materials don’t provide this information. I’m not sure why, as the teleconverters in conjunction with this lens provide an extremely versatile kit. Put the 2x converter behind the lens and you’ve now got the equivalent focal range of the Panasonic-Leica 100-400mm, albeit at a cost of 2 stops of light – the maximum aperture range goes from f/2.8-4 to f/5.6-8. This is just a bit slower than the 100-400, which offers a maximum aperture range from f/4-6.3. As with the other two lenses in the trio, the maximum aperture of f/2.8 is only available at the smallest focal length. In the case of this lens, that means 50mm. As soon as you move that ring, the maximum aperture starts to close down. For example, it moves to f/2.9 at 53mm and f/3 at 56mm. If we go by the focal lengths marked on the lens, you’ll see that at 50mm it’s f/2.8, at 70mm it’s f/3.3, at 100mm it’s f/3.6, at 150mm it’s f/3.9 and at 200mm it’s f/4. It actually gets to f/4 at 179mm and that remains the maximum aperture from there. This lens defines the Micro Four Thirds system vision. If you compare it to a full frame lens like the Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS, it is smaller, lighter and cheaper for the same equivalent focal length range. Yes, the Sony lens is a touch faster – f/4.5 vs f/5.6 equivalent. However, that Sony lens weighs over twice as much and costs about $1000 more. This isn’t a cheap lens by any stretch of the imagination. It is, however, an extremely good one.

Lives up to the reputation and price point

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-03

I had originally bought the Panasonic 45-200mm mark 2 to see if I would find the focal range useful for me and I was also kinda hoping that it was going to be sharp enough. But it wasnt, so I bought this lens! Yes its quite a chunk of change, but what you get in return is a spectacular lens that is brighter, sharper, and much better built. This focusing is very fast even when it has to rack due to being very far from in focus. It construction is the best of any lens I have ever used (Owned a bunch of Canon L glass in the past). The image stabilization is with the best of them. Weather sealing seems to be solid (been is some rain with it). While the lens is not light, its also not heavy. I have walked around with it attached to the camera for a few hours much of it holding the camera lens setup single handed. Overall I find this lens to strike a balance I have rarely seen in any system. The only thing I kinda wish it has was a foot on the lens, but this might increase the weight to the point were walking around with it attached to the camera would be too tiring.

So Far Love It, But It IS A Heavy Beast

By Nanette
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-19

Two years ago I bought one of these used and hated it. The focus hunted like a nose blind hound. This one bought new at the holiday sale performs much better. After playing with camera settings to spot focus not to big or too small it did great catching birds in trees and focusing through branches. My only complaint is the weight and that I will need a wrist support to carry on long birding hikes.

New Firmware Linear Focusing Makes it Great!

By Chris
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-12

Love the range and the optical quality of it. It was a toss-up between this and the Olympus 40-150 f2.8. Olympus is a bit (only a bit) superior...but is heavier and bulkier, so this one won since I will use it so much more for its portability. I shoot mostly video, and manually focusing was a pain...until June 8 when Panasonic released firmware v1.1 for this on certain Panasonic bodies. Wow! Linear focusing is amazing and make this lens so incredibly useful. It takes me back to my ENG camera days when pulling focus was a joy. Love how Panasonic made a great lens even greater!

Nice

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-25

Nice

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