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

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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens with UV Filter Kit
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 24-120mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Four Aspherical Elements
More than just the lens, the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens with UV Filter Kit from B&H bundles the standard zoom with a 62mm UV filter.
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Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens with UV Filter Kit Overview

More than just the lens, the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens with UV Filter Kit from B&H bundles the standard zoom with a 62mm UV filter.

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

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.
UPC: 885170306691
Chiaro Pro 62mm 98-UVATS UV Filter

The Pro 62mm 98-UVATS UV Filter is one of Chiaro’s highest-rated protective UV filters with 98% light transmission. It’s ideal for photographers of all levels who demand high-quality glass and other essential features for excellent image fidelity and construction.

To achieve 98% light transmission, Chiaro uses highly-polished optical 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. Its hard-anodized aluminum filter ring is designed to screw on and off effortlessly, and it is thin to prevent vignetting when used with wide-angle lenses. Side knurling helps assure 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.

98% Light Transmission
Protecting your lens doesn't mean you have to lose optical quality. By using highly-polished optical glass and advanced coatings, Chiaro offers a 98% transmission rate, which is an excellent 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 allow 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 Optical Glass
Glass that's polished to perfection is essential to achieve a high level of light transmission. The optical glass in this Chiaro filter is highly-polished for flatness that ensures excellent optical clarity.
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.
Hard Anodized Aluminum Construction
The process of hard anodizing toughens and strengthens the aluminum for a lightweight yet durable filter ring.
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 to better 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: 847628593497

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

Focal Length
12 to 60mm (35mm Equivalent: 24 to 120mm)
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 to 4
Minimum Aperture
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds
Lens Format Coverage
Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View
84° to 20°
Minimum Focus Distance
7.87" / 20 cm
Maximum Magnification
Optical Design
14 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
9, Rounded
Focus Type
Image Stabilization
Filter Size
62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.69 x 3.39" / 68.4 x 86 mm
Length at Maximum Extension
4.72" / 120 mm
11.29 oz / 320 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.26 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.1 x 5.4 x 4.5"

Chiaro Pro 62mm 98-UVATS UV Filter Specs

Filter Type
Filter Factor
1x (0-Stop)
Circular Size
62 mm Filter Thread
Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet
62 mm
Physical Features
Filter Thickness
0.13" / 3.2 mm
Filter Material
Ring Material
Side, Top
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.13 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
3.7 x 3.7 x 0.85"

Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens with UV Filter Kit Reviews

Impressive Solution

By Arthur
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-03-23

This is an early impression, which may change with more use. This is an amazing lens. Build quality is impressive. Images are clear and sharp. Shooting slightly below max aperture produces some very, VERY good results. I agree with other reviewers that the aperture closes down very quickly as the focal length extends, but I won't call it a 12mm f/2.8 with a 14/60 f/4 attached. There's enough headroom here for f/3.5 to carry on almost to 25mm. But it's still a short run, and anyone using it should be ready for f/4 almost across the range. It is heavier, and bulkier, than other MFT lenses with portions of its range. The kit 14-42 is barely half its size and substantially lighter. But that extra heft brings so much that it's hard to say the mass makes enough difference. This is fast becoming my first-choice lens for most outdoor and portrait work.

Linear focusing fixed

By Noah
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-04

I have found this lens to be OK for video with my prior main complaint being the very nonlinear focusing on the ring. The latest firmware update for the Panasonic BGH1 seems to have fixed this, as it can linearly focus now, no speed sensitivity associated with focus speed. I wish manufacturers would just look at legacy lenses, say the Zeiss lenses from 1920 on and even the Olympus lenses from 1980 onwards. The depth of field, focus, and even zoom could use a lot of human interface design from studying these old school lenses. I wish this had an aperture ring, but it generally is good for video, not suffering a lot from focus breathing or other issues. Depth of field is nice and controllable and not out of hand. The zoom is a little nonlinear with respect to aperture, but it is what it is, an adaptable, high-quality lens and arguably very good lens for the money.

Firmware Linear Focusing Makes It So Much Better

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

Light. Sharp. Versatile. But past reviews are correct in saying that focus-by-wire is difficult on this lens. But the latest firmware updates (v 1.5) gives this lens linear focusing on certain Panasonic bodies, and it is an absolute joy! It takes me back to my ENG camera days when manually pulling focus was a breeze. Makes a great lens even greater!

Falls Short for a  Pro Lens

By Theodore
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-08

Panasonic promotes the PL elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 as a professional quality lens.  The lens sells at a premium price.  The colors and contrast of images from the copy I purchased recently were indeed very good.  The autofocus was snappy, but not exceptional.   However, after extensive testing of the lens with resolution charts and real world photography, I was disappointed in the acuity of the lens, which fell short of my exectations for a “professional level” lens.  By comparison, the image quality was definitely not in the same class as my G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 lens or my G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 lens, both of which I already own. The image quality was much more comparable to that of my G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6, which sells at almost half the price.   Since I could not justify the premium price of the 12-60mm lens,  I have returned it for a refund.

The best M43 lens I own

By Jeffrey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-28

This is a bit more expensive, but in every way it seems worth it: image clarity, build quality, AF and OIS performance all outstanding. AF seems faster and more precise than other lenses and OIS seems smoother, especially with a body that has IBIS for Dual OIS: best walking video I've had without a gimbal. I will be using this a lot.

Very good lens

By R
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-17

Panasonic Leica 12-60mm lens is a very good lens. I have a couple of issues. Firstly it is pricey for what it is. I know I know. Most expensive lenses are crazy expensive. Secondly the hood has an odd way of attachment to the front of the lens. Very minor complaint but being used to the usual way, I put a lot of force trying to turn the hood to attach it. Doesn't seem to be damaged at all though.


By Arthur
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-03-14

This lens is what I would expect from anything bearing the Leica name. It's fast, focusing is consistent, and it delivers sharp images. The feel is solid, with excellent haptics for the controls. It's not light, especially after a kit lens, but the weight is comfortable for anything but extended handheld use. Other reviews have commented that the color palette skews very slightly red: I cannot confirm that yet but first impressions are that is correct. This is easy to offset (or exaggerate, depending on your style) in-camera with color profiles. My one peeve is that the aperture narrows so quickly: by 20mm or so 4.0 is as wide as you can get. Bokeh from this lens is next to impossible. It's leaps and bounds above the kit lenses, though, and the OIS goes a long way toward offsetting the aperture shortcoming. I would recommend this for any MFT shooter.

Super-fast and quiet for video on GH6

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-13

The Pana/Leica 12-60 is super-fast focusing and silent for video on the GH6. Well worth it. Yes - if you want to take a still portrait for Vogue - use the Pana/Leica 42.5 f/1.2 (possibly the best lens in micro four thirds - just phenomenal - Leica for $10k), but for video it is slower focusing, so the 12-60 is a good one to go with. This is one to have, if you use Panasonic micro four thirds.

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Does the manufacturer recommend turning off the ...

Does the manufacturer recommend turning off the stabilizer if camera is mounted on a tripod? What about a monopod?
Asked by: dave
According to the lens' instruction manual under section C [Names and Functions of Components], under #4, it states "We recommend setting the O.I.S. switch to [OFF] when using a tripod." It also states under the Note section that "If you set the O.I.S. to [ON] when recording a motion picture, operating sounds may be recorded. If they become bothersome, we recommend setting the O.I.S. switch to [OFF] and mounting the camera on a tripod."
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2022-01-17

Hi. I would like to know if it is possible to ...

Hi. I would like to know if it is possible to control the focus setting with the Crane Plus setter mounted on panasonic gh5s. Thank you
Asked by: Silvio
The Crane Plus does not offer a way to control Focus, that is not a feature it has. However you should still be able to use a Panasonic Mirrorless Camera with this lens. It will be within the 5.5 Pound Load capacity of B&H # ZHCRANEPLUS.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-05-15

is this a power zoom lens?

is this a power zoom lens?
Asked by: Cindy
Hello Cindy! This model is not a power zoom lens. -G
Answered by: Panasonic Team
Date published: 2022-08-17

will this be compatible with the Panasonic S1?

will this be compatible with the Panasonic S1?
Asked by: Kelsey
No, this lens is only compatible with Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-01-14

Dose this lens have a built in lens hood?

Dose this lens have a built in lens hood?
Asked by: Anonymous
No, the lens hood is included and removable via a bayonet mount.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2022-04-15

Is this lens compatible with Lumix focus ...

Is this lens compatible with Lumix focus bracketing/stacking feature? If not, which Panasonic lenses are? OM System has a list of compatible lenses. I can't find one from Panasonic.
Asked by: Erik
Hello! When the lens is used with a compatible camera, in terms of mounting, you will be able to do focus bracketing. You can check the following link to see the lens compatibility with Lumix cameras: - G
Answered by: Panasonic Team
Date published: 2023-02-26


Will all of automatic the features on this lens work with the JVC Gyls300? And is there a crop factor with this and the JVc?
Asked by: Anonymous
it would be a 1.5 crop. could B
Answered by: Eric
Date published: 2019-09-02


Is the smooth aperture changes so there are no sudden jumps in exposure compatible with the GH4 ? I got it to work on my GH5 by setting auto-exposure mode and blocked ISO and Shutter Speed, but it doesn't seem to work on my GH4.
Asked by: Emeric C.
The Panasonic GH4 when using some of the newer lenses, works better in an "M", or "P" mode.
Answered by: Lenny
Date published: 2019-08-23
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