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

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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System | f/4 to f/22
  • 200-800mm (Full-Frame Equivalent)
  • Compact Ultra Telephoto Zoom
  • .5x Max. Magnification (35mm Equivalent)
Building off the success of its predecessor, this iteration of the mega-zoom, Micro Four Thirds Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens from Panasonic features the ability to expand the zoom range when paired with the optional 1.4x and 2x teleconverters while shaving off more than a centimeter of length for a more compact form factor. The lens now offers macro capabilities, with a full-frame equivalent magnification of .5x that is expandable to 1x with the optional 2x teleconverter. The lens retains its Leica branding, with an optical design employing 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. The POWER O.I.S. system also benefits image sharpness, minimizing the appearance of camera shake when shooting at longer focal lengths with its compatibility with Lumix G cameras' Dual I.S. function.
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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-... Overview

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Building off the success of its predecessor, this iteration of the mega-zoom, Micro Four Thirds Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens from Panasonic features the ability to expand the zoom range when paired with the optional 1.4x and 2x teleconverters while shaving off more than a centimeter of length for a more compact form factor. The lens now offers macro capabilities, with a full-frame equivalent magnification of .5x that is expandable to 1x with the optional 2x teleconverter. The lens retains its Leica branding, with an optical design employing 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. The POWER O.I.S. system also benefits image sharpness, minimizing the appearance of camera shake when shooting at longer focal lengths with its compatibility with Lumix G cameras' Dual I.S. function.

Operability has also improved with the introduction of a zoom limit switch on the lens body, improving the focus limiter function even further. The body's gapless construction that renders it dust- and moisture-resistant has an added level of freeze resistance, expanding the lens' field-readiness. 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 full-frame equivalent focal length.
  • Compatibility with the optional 1.4x and 2x teleconverters pushes the 35mm equivalent lens focal length to 1120mm and 1600mm, respectively.
  • The minimum focusing distance is 4.3', which pairs with a 35mm equivalent maximum magnification of 0.5x to support working with close-up subjects. This magnification level is expandable to 1x when used with the optional 2x teleconverter lens.
  • Designed in collaboration with Leica according to the company's strict quality standards, the lens has an optimally arranged structure featuring one aspherical lens, two extra-low dispersion lenses, and one ultra extra-low dispersion lens to deliver clarity, sharpness, and color accuracy throughout the entirety of the zoom range and across all edges of the photo.
  • 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.
  • The on-body Zoom Limit Switch allows you to quickly constrain the zooming range of the lens to allow for improved autofocus performance and prevent over- and under-magnification.
  • Newly freeze-resistant, the lens body is resilient in outdoor and harsh environments, supported by its gapless, dust- and moisture-resistant construction.
  • A rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when working with selective focus and shallow depth of field techniques.
  • 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.
UPC: 885170414037

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

Key Specs
Focal Length
100 to 400mm (35mm Equivalent: 200 to 800mm)
Maximum Aperture
f/4 to 6.3
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds
Lens Format Coverage
Micro Four Thirds
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Yes
Filter Size
72 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/4 to 6.3
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds
Lens Format Coverage
Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View
12° to 3.1°
Minimum Focus Distance
4.3' / 1.3 m
Maximum Magnification
0.25x
Macro Reproduction Ratio
1:4
Diaphragm Blades
9, Rounded
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Yes
Tripod Collar
Removable
Filter Size
72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
3.3 x 6.8" / 83 x 171.5 mm
Length at Maximum Extension
9.8" / 249 mm
Weight
2.2 lb / 985 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
3.495 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
12.2 x 5.8 x 5.8"

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

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In the overview description it talks about an ...

In the overview description it talks about an optional 2X teleconverter. Which one is it?
Asked by: Paul
At this time, we do not have a teleconverter available for use with this particular lens.
Answered by: Panasonic Team
Date published: 2023-10-25

Is there a zoom controller that would work with ...

Is there a zoom controller that would work with this lens on a tripod?
Asked by: Brad
No, this lens does not work with a zoom controller. -M
Answered by: Panasonic Team
Date published: 2024-02-15

How to know this is MK II from apperance? Looks ...

How to know this is MK II from apperance? Looks the same as MK I from apperance.
Asked by: kai
Hello, Kai! There is no difference between the 2 lenses. The 2023 model just allows you to use the teleconverter. Otherwise, they have the same features. Hope this helps! -C
Answered by: Panasonic Team
Date published: 2023-12-08

Why would this be better than the MKI?

Why would this be better than the MKI?
Asked by: Brian
The newer Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens is now able to use the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. It now has a freezeproof design, a new zoom limiter switch, and improved operating feel. It can achieve greater macro magnification, and has improved focus tracking while zooming.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2023-11-10

Does the tripod foot have Ara-Swiss style rails?

Does the tripod foot have Ara-Swiss style rails?
Asked by: Walter P.
No, it does not have Arca-Swiss style rails. -M
Answered by: Panasonic Team
Date published: 2023-10-02

It does not include a tripod foot?

It does not include a tripod foot?
Asked by: Jim
Hi, Jim! Yes, it is included. -M
Answered by: Panasonic Team
Date published: 2023-10-02

Will it work with olympus Teleconverters?

Will it work with olympus Teleconverters?
Asked by: Brian
Hello, Brian! We would suggest reaching out to Olympus to inquire about its compatibility. To the best of our knowledge, it is not currently compatible. -M
Answered by: Panasonic Team
Date published: 2023-10-02

How does it compare with 0lympus 100-400 and will ...

How does it compare with 0lympus 100-400 and will it function well on the OM1
Asked by: James D
Thank you for your question! Unfortunately, we do not have specific details about the other lens at this time, making a direct comparison challenging. However, we recommend conducting thorough research on both lenses, considering factors such as optical performance, build quality, and compatibility with your camera system. Additionally, take your personal shooting preferences and requirements into account to determine which lens best aligns with your needs. If you have any further questions or require assistance, feel free to reach out to us. -M
Answered by: Panasonic Team
Date published: 2023-09-18
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