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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens with UV Filter Kit

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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens with UV Filter Kit
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 200-800mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • 1 Aspherical ED, 1 UED & 2 ED Elements
More than just the lens, the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens with UV Filter Kit from B&H bundles the super-telephoto zoom with a 72mm UV filter.
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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-... Overview

More than just the lens, the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens with UV Filter Kit from B&H bundles the super-telephoto zoom with a 72mm UV filter.

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

A Micro Four Thirds lens with a not-so-micro zoom range, the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens from Panasonic offers a truly expansive 200-800mm equivalent focal length range, yet retains a relatively compact stature to suit the Micro Four Thirds system. Characterized by its Leica branding, this sophisticated optic employs aspherical and extra-low dispersion elements to significantly reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range for a high degree of image clarity and sharpness. Also benefitting image sharpness, a POWER O.I.S. system, which is compatible with Lumix G camera's Dual I.S. function, helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting at longer focal lengths.

Benefitting both stills shooting and video recording, a 240 fps high-speed AF motor is both quiet and precise, and a focus limiter function can be employed to constrain the focusing range for even quicker performance. Additionally, the physical design of the lens utilizes a gapless construction that renders it both dust- and moisture-resistant for use in inclement conditions. And while its lightweight, compact form factor is suitable for handheld shooting, the 100-400mm f/4-6.3 also features a removable rotating tripod collar for fast switching between horizontal and vertical shooting orientations when working atop a monopod or tripod.

Telephoto zoom designed for Micro Four Thirds system cameras, this lens offers a 200-800mm equivalent focal length.
Designed in collaboration with Leica, the 20 elements, 13 groups optical design incorporates one aspherical extra-low dispersion element, one Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion element, and two extra-low dispersion elements. The combination of aspherical and low dispersion elements helps to reduce spherical aberrations and color fringing throughout the zoom range for improved sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy.
POWER O.I.S. mechanism helps to control camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. This system is also compatible with the Dual I.S. function in select Lumix G cameras, which more effectively minimizes the appearance of camera shake by using both sensor-shift and lens-shift type stabilization methods.
A 240 fps AF motor offers fast, precise, and near-silent focusing performance to benefit both stills shooting and video recording applications.
Focus Limiter allows you to constrain the focusing range of the lens from its minimum focusing distance to infinity, or from 16.4' to infinity.
The minimum focusing distance is 4.3', which pairs with an equivalent maximum magnification of 0.5x to support working with close-up subjects.
A rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when working with selective focus and shallow depth of field techniques.
Gapless construction renders the lens both dust- and moisture-resistant to support photographing in outdoor and harsh environments.
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.
An integrated hide-away lens hood can retract around the lens when not in use, or be deployed to guard against stray light from causing unwanted lens flare and ghosting.
A zoom ring lock prevents unwanted lens creep from occurring while carrying the lens.
Dedicated levers are available to select the Focus Limiter position, AF or MF focusing methods, or to deactivate the lens-based POWER O.I.S.
UPC: 885170265295

Chiaro Pro 72mm 99-UVBTS Brass UV Filter

The Pro 72mm 99-UVBTS Brass UV Filter is Chiaro’s top-performing protective UV filter offering 99% light transmission. It’s ideal for photographers who demand the highest-quality glass and other essential features for uncompromised image fidelity and premium construction.

To achieve superior 99% light transmission, Chiaro uses highly-polished Schott glass, multi-coating, and additional advanced elements that improve the filter’s light transmission. A scratch-resistant coating minimizes scratching of the glass and helps assure that water, oil, dust, and fingerprints are removed with a gentle wipe. The durable brass filter ring is designed to screw on and off effortlessly, and it’s thin to prevent vignetting when used with wide-angle lenses. Side knurling is crafted to help ensure that you’ll have a firm grip when attaching or removing your filter.

Image quality is what matters most at Chiaro. The company has tested and combined many features and essentials to achieve superior image quality and the highest light transmission. To help take the confusion out of selecting a filter, Chiaro prominently displays the light transmission levels so that you can choose the perfect filter for your lens and photo session.

99% Light Transmission

Protecting your lens doesn't mean you have to lose optical quality. By using highly-polished Schott glass and advanced coatings, Chiaro can offer a 99% transmission rate, which is the highest possible transmission rate for glass. And the company verifies the ratings with ISO certified lab testing.

Resistance Coating

The layers of advanced resistance coating on the filter are designed to resist moderate scratches, and allows you to easily clean your filter. Water beads up and rolls off your filter, and oil and fingerprints can come off with a gentle wipe. Dust and debris won't adhere to the filter and can be removed with a puff of air.

Polished Schott Glass

Glass that's polished to perfection is essential to achieve a high level of light transmission. The Schott glass in this Chiaro filter is highly-polished for flatness that ensures superior optical clarity.

Multi-Coating

Multi-coating enhances light transmission to the demanding level set for all Chiaro filters. It reduces unwanted internal reflections and ghosting that can compromise your images.

UV Protection

The filter blocks UV light and reduces the bluish cast of daylight that can affect color accuracy, especially at higher altitudes.

Brass Construction

The durable brass filter ring offers a substantial, premium feel. The unique properties of brass minimize the chance of jamming or binding when you're screwing the filter onto your lens or stacking filters.

Slim Design

Measuring only 3.2mm, this filter is slim enough to use on wide-angle lenses without experiencing vignetting.

Top and Side Knurling

In addition to top knurling, Chiaro added side knurling that helps offer better options to grip the filter when you're attaching and removing it, or when you're stacking filters.

Secure Attachment

It takes two full turns to mount the filter on your lens. This feature will securely hold your Chiaro filter through the most demanding photo shoots.

Front Threads

The front threads on the filter allow you to stack filters by screwing them onto your Chiaro filter.
UPC: 847628593138

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens Specs

Focal Length100 to 400mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 200 to 800mm)
Maximum Aperturef/4 to 6.3
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens Format CoverageMicro Four Thirds
Angle of View12° to 3.1°
Minimum Focus Distance4.27' / 1.3 m
Maximum Magnification0.25x
Optical Design20 Elements in 13 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.27 x 6.75" / 83 x 171.5 mm
Length at Maximum Extension10.35" / 263 mm
Weight2.17 lb / 985 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.39 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.4 x 5.8 x 5.8"

Chiaro Pro 72mm 99-UVBTS Brass UV Filter Specs

Filter TypeUV
Filter Factor1x (0-Stop)
Circular Size72 mm Filter Thread
RotatingNo
Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet72 mm
CoatingsMulti-Coating, Resistance Coating
Physical FeaturesSlim
Filter Thickness0.13" / 3.2 mm
Filter MaterialGlass
Ring MaterialBrass
KnurlingSide, Top
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.28 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.9 x 3.95 x 0.95"

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-... Reviews

Leica Character All The Way

By Lee
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-20

Over the last 25 years of my professional photographic career, I've had more expensive high-end gear then I care to count. While I never bought any Leica gear in the past, I have had the privilege of using it. One thing that has set it apart was 1st and foremost build quality coupled with the optical (character) rendition of it's output. This lens apparently has been imbued with the Leica DNA to be sure. Not only is the build quality Leicaesque, but it is sexy as heck (those of you who have been at it long enough know what I mean). I've wrung it out at all it's apertures and focal length and it matters not what F stop you're at nor the focal length it's sharp enough to cut you with. The focus motors lock focus as fast as you can blink your eye. Having been used to full frame bodies with a grip and lenses as such, this is a joy to hold and to use with an OM-1 body. What a treat!

I needed a larger body to love this!

By Isabel
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-25

Bought in 2017 it was underappreciated on my small Olympus em10 ii body(ies). It was just too front heavy and unbalanced. I took it to Costa Rica to photograph birds in the rain forest and f/6.3 at maximum zoom raised ISOs too high. I was very disappointed. Besides the low light problem I was dealing with a new-to-me lens whose features I barely knew how to use. If you're going to take new equipment on an important trip or job, get lots of practice with it before you use it for serious work! Early this Thanksgiving morning, while sitting at my computer I heard rustling in the woods and knew that meant either squirrels or turkeys. I raised the window and pointing at the leaves which were camouflaging the turkeys. I really appreciated the image stabilization and fast focus of this lens and the fact that I had DxO Photolab to deal with the noise I might get with the high ISOs I had to use. The attached photo was shot at ISO 5000 and converted to tif in Photolab, then tweaked in Photoshop. And then I bought an Olympus EM1 iii and the large hand grip on its body made all the difference. I gave this lens only 4 stars because I wish the zooming were internal and the zoom lens to be easier to turn. I have, however, had no problems at all with it in the over four and a half years I've owned it.

remarkable

By Kenneth A
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-04

I'm stunned by the photos this lens is giving me

Quality Build & Sharp Detail

By Kurt
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-04

I picked up this lens to expand my photography possibilities and upgrade quality for my videography in preparation for the summer and I couldn’t be more happy with this lens. The detail this glass provides is outstanding!

PERFECT PERFECT!

By Pedro
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-07

This lens is better (sharper) than the Nikon 200-500mm and the Sigma 150-500mm. With the Panasonic Lumix G9 you have a great kit for bird photography and wildlife. Less weight and size is a really nice plus.

Outstanding

By Dennis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-02

Sold all my high end Canon gear for Lumix G9 and this plus 4 other Panasonic/Leica lenses. Everything produces superb results at 1/3rd the size and weight of my old system.

Excellent for Wildlife

By Bob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-30

I purchased this in August, along with a Panasonic G9. I tend to do quite a bit of nature photography, with an emphasis on birds. Still getting adjusted to the camera and all that it can do, but this far have been very pleased with the images this lens can capture. A vast improvement over my old Panasonic 100-300 lens. I've seldom tried using this with a tripod; I need to invest in something better than I have at the moment.

Finally decided to get this

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-02

While hunkering down due to Covid, I finally decided to splurge on this lens. I have long wanted something with more reach than the stock 14-140 lens that came with my Panasonic GH4. I have used it a bit, so am still getting use to it. But, I like it so far. No purchase regret. Now, I am waiting for the Spring bird migration through here.

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