Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 90mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One ED Element, One Aspherical Element
  • Multi-Coated Elements
  • 1:1 Magnification, 5.9" Min. Focus
  • Internal Focusing and Floating System
  • Focus Range Limit Switch
  • MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 overview

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Optimized for close-up shooting, the Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. from Panasonic is a short-telephoto, 90mm equivalent prime for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. Designed to strict tolerances in collaboration with Leica, this lens's optical design makes use of aspherical and extra-low dispersion glass elements to reduce aberrations and distortion for notable sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy. Multi-coated elements also contribute to a reduction in lens flare and a floating elements system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range. As a macro lens, a maximum magnification of 1:1 is possible for life-size rendering, along with a minimum focusing distance of 5.9" for working with close-up subjects. An internal focusing mechanism maintains the overall length of the lens during use and MEGA O.I.S. is also featured to reduce the appearance of camera shake when shooting handheld.

Short telephoto prime lens is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless digital cameras and provides a 90mm equivalent focal length.
Ideal for macro shooting, this lens offers a life-size 1:1 maximum magnification along with a minimum focusing distance of 5.9" to suit working with close-up subjects.
One extra-low dispersion element is used to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for increased clarity and color accuracy. Additionally, an aspherical element is featured in the optical design, too, to reduce spherical aberration and distortion for improved sharpness and resolution.
Individual elements have been multi-coated to effectively reduce lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast when working in strong lighting conditions.
An internal focusing mechanism along with a floating elements design promotes faster, more responsive focusing performance as well as consistent image quality throughout the focusing range.
A focus limit switch lets you adjust the focusing range from 5.9" to infinity or from 1.6' to infinity for faster focusing performance when working with distant subjects.
MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer minimizes the appearance of camera shake to benefit handheld shooting in difficult lighting conditions.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 037988263837
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Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens
  • G Lens Cap for Lumix Lenses (46mm)
  • Rear Lens Cap for Lumix G Lenses
  • Lens Hood
  • Storage Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 specs

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    Focal Length 45mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 90 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 27°
    Minimum Focus Distance 5.91" / 15 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 10 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
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    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 46 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.48 x 2.46" / 63 x 62.5 mm
    Weight 7.94 oz / 225 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.8 x 4.1 x 4.0"

    Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 reviews

    Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 72.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lens! As an entomologist who has been into macro photography for years, I was thrilled with this lens. It is tiny, tack-sharp, lovely smooth bokeh, fast focus, good stabilization (at longer focal distances), and weighs almost nothing. I now reach for this lens on my Panasonic GF1 for macro work, rather than pull out the Nikon D90 with 90 mm Nikkor macro. Only complaint is that the manual focus rate slows down dramatically at close focus (takes more rotations to change focus), and it's not possible to tell when minimum focus has been reached. I haven't owned it for long enough to assess durability, but the metal body and bayonet mounts are reassuring.
    Date published: 2010-12-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super sharp - Love it on my Pen I had been using an old OM set up with adapters on my Pen - learning about Macro shooting. I have been wanting this lens ever since it was introduced. I am loving it. I love the sharpness and the super close focusing ability - I also love playing with the depth of field - this lens creates beautiful bokeh with almost no effort and little light. It's noisy and if you are shooting anything except macro you will want to flip the switch to speed up the focus. I bought this primarily for a texture project that I have been working on and I am finding that I am doing so much more creatively because of the sharpness of this lens.
    Date published: 2012-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like prime lenses! I purchased this lens to take pictures of small items in a photo tent. It is a good lens. I love to focus using manual and it gives me plenty of light to see what I am doing. I have been taking pictures for over 50 years. From a box Brownie to Nikon to medium formatt. I am just comfortable with prime lenses. I am sort of new to Panasonic. I have a Lumix GF1 and a Lumix DMC-G2. I am just learning to use them. I have been shooting in manual settings mode using studio lights pointed to a light box. So far I am very happy with the look and feel of this lens. It is a quality item. If I had a complaint it would be the 45mm filter instead of 52mm. What were they thinking?
    Date published: 2011-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than just Quality Lens This lens is sharp, small and lightweight. It's a perfect tool for the world of macro discovering. The sharpness is quite enough and even more. It's sharper than Leica DG 25mm/1.4. The size is almost same, but 45/2.8 is a 5-mm longer. I have the both, but I can't say witch of them I like more. No any geometry distortion, no CA. 90-mm focal length in equivalence demands more accuracy when shooting. Autofocus is very fast in conventional focusing range, but a bit slow in macro. O.I.S. is less helpful in macro. Seems who was disappointed about the slow autofocus they simply forgot to switch the appropriate AF mode. It looks cool when coupled with Panasonic GF2.
    Date published: 2012-02-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Lens This is not a technical review, but more an everyday use description of a fun lens to own. I've used this lens several times now that the weather is cooler. This lens brings a whole new perspective to my photography in that I'm now looking for the smallest of details. I've discovered a new world with incredible minute details. Super quality lens and the ability to live focus (in manual) with you finger half-pressed on the shutter release. This enables you to pick and choose your object of focus. I could wander on and on, but you get the point - I love this lens and am very please with myself for having purchased.
    Date published: 2016-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have lens! This lens will strongly make you consider getting rid of your DSLR system and converting to Micro Four Thirds ( unless you are a pro). The advantages are weight reduction, smaller, size, color rendition, bokeh and overall sharpness are profound. Micro four thirds is the simply outstanding, After shooting with it, I am a believer especially when used together to a program like Apple's Aperture 3.14. I do not need any more for an first-rate final photo. I am tired of traveling with all the weight and bulk of a DSLR system. Micro four thirds is the way to go. And this lens will be the cornerstone of my system. If you can afford it, then it is worth the money. Ninety mm (on my camera) is a wonderful portrait lens. The lens works faultlessly with my Ollympus E PL2. Run, don't walk.
    Date published: 2011-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Can't stop shooting...flowers, food, jewelry, portraits, editorial/street, events...sharp, fast, crisp...typical Leica design quality...combo with GF1 feels like my old M3 'double stroke' only lighter with no stroke!! I hope Panasonic produces more prime models with this quality in the micro four-thirds format. Expensive, but worth it!
    Date published: 2010-04-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quality lens, very expensive Macro and portrait photography are the key strengths of this lens. Field work created a bit of a problem by having to constantly be stepping back to frame the image properly. Macro images offered extremely shallow depth of field and sharp crisp images. Portrait work provided sharp focus and great clarity. Depth of field issues can occur if not focused manually and utilizing a proper f-stop. Portraits at 8-feet with an f-stop of 5.6 with the subject 4-feet from the nearest backdrop will provide a clean portrait with diffused background.
    Date published: 2012-05-10
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