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

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Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 90mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One ED Element, One Aspherical Element
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.
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Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 Overview

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

Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 Specs

Focal Length45mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens Format CoverageMicro Four Thirds
Angle of View27°
Minimum Focus Distance5.91" / 15 cm
Maximum Magnification1x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:1
Optical Design14 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size46 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.48 x 2.46" / 63 x 62.5 mm
Weight7.94 oz / 225 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.9 x 4.05 x 4"

Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 Reviews

Excellent Macro Lens

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-05

A pleasure to shoot with. Great for macro work - flowers, eyeballs and bugs YES! Also a great portrait lens - you can capture some great shots with excellent bokeh. The lens is Leica branded for a reason. Very sharp.

Great Optics

By Rene
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-03-09

Evaluating this lens with the Olympus E-M1 Mark II. Excellent lens optics and sharp images. Construction: The lens is extremely light in weight, auto focus is very slow (user guide states that focusing takes time) with the Olympus Pro Lenses the focusing is instantaneous. In manual mode the focusing is OK but not as silky smooth as the Olympus Pro Lenses. The feel of the lens and construction is also not up to par with Olympus Pro Lenses. Purchased this lens because Olympus does not make a Pro Macro Lens. Also, the built in lens O.I.S. and focus stacking are not compatible with the E-M1 Mark II. Not an issue, because the len's O.I.S. can be manually turned off and the camera's image stabilization works flawlessly. I ran tests using a Gitzo tripod, focusing rail, manual focus, with self timer. (Cable Release on backorder). The image quality, and sharpness are outstanding. This lens optically is 1:1, in 35 mm format, on a four thirds cameras it is 2:1 because of 2x magnification. Note: the lens is listed as f2.8, at the closest focus it is f5.6. Mentioning this if you are using an exposure meter, when on camera the metering system compensates and no adjustment is required. Yes I would recommend this lens.

Love it

By Ruth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-01

haven't used it much bought it for the wildflower season here in the desert which starts in Feb--but I did take this shot and from what I see I love it

One of the best lenses I own!

By Ryan N.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-27

The depth of field and quality of this lens is worth the price. Definitely one of the best lenses I own now!

Lovely Lens

By Randy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-10-26

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.

Great Macro Lens

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-09-13

I have used this lens to take macro infraRed photos on my converted Panasonic GF1. I have also used it to take macro photos with my new Olympus OMD EM1. The images are tack sharp.

Super nice and worth the extra expense

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-11-15

So far I've used this lens only a few times. For close up shots it's great and I've even tried it as a short telephoto for portraits and landscapes. It's quite sharp and the IS feature has come in handy. I don't regret adding this to my bag.

A fine macro lens for micro 4/3

By Peter K.
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-12

Very good for both macro and scenic photography. Not at its optical best at f/2.8 and diffraction is obvious at f/16+ but otherwise excellent.

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