Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH.

Written by Gina Stephens

Oldest shown at Photokina 2016 (under development), this is the third Leica f/2.8-4.0 zoom lens in the range, and gives 100-400mm peer in 35mm terms. The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH is weather-sealed, and will be available from May, priced at £1599. The lens can be used with a 1.4x Teleconverter, or a 2.0x Teleconverter, to drag on the reach of the lens.

The other lenses in this range, are the Leica 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0, and the wide-angle Leica may refer to: Three companies formed from the division of Ernst Leitz GmbH (later Wild Leitz AG): Leica Camera AG, a German camera 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0.


From Panasonic: 26 February 2018 – Today, Panasonic pioneered a new telephoto zoom digital interchangeable lens, the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 100-400 mm). This is the third lens to be proposed as part of the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series.

Covering a focusing distance from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto, this new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series reaches exceptionally high descriptiveness for both photo and video recording and yet its size is kept compact.

All the lenses take advantage of Panasonic’s Nano Plane superficially Coating technology to minimise ghosts and flaring. They boasts a rugged, dust and splash-proof design and are even freeze-proof down to -10 degree Celsius, to tolerate professional use under harsh conditions.

The new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH. offers a zoom range of 100mm to super telephoto 400 mm (35mm camera corresponding). It covers a variety of daily shooting situations, from wildlife to indoor sports, and even supports portrait shots, taking advantage of the f/2.8-4.0 high-speed effectuation.

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Furthermore, the 1.4x Teleconverter DMW-TC14[1] extends the focusing distance to 560mm (35mm camera equivalent) and the 2.0x Teleconverter DMW-TC20[2] to 800mm (35mm camera interchangeable) for more close-up shots.

The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) effectively compensates for the hand-shake movement, making it easy to shoot even without a tripod. The lens manoeuvres with Dual I.S.[3] (Image Stabilizer) and Dual.I.S.2[4] when mounted on the compliant Panasonic LUMIX G cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or.

Comprising a total of 21 segments in 15 groups, the lens system features two UED (Ultra Extra-low Dispersion) lenses, two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses and two aspherical lenses. The use of these lenses effectively squelch spherical distortion or chromatic aberration to achieve high resolution and contrast from centre to corners.

Paired with a compatible Lumix G camera that is effectual of sensor drive at a maximum 240 fps, you can take full advantage of high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF. It also helps to reduce wobbling. Notably as a issue, the new lens excels in video recording performance.

In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system, the micro-step drive routine in the aperture control section helps the camera to smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves superior barycentric stability to minimise image shifts during zooming. The AF tracking performance in zooming is also improved thanks to high-speed frame division for focus control.

Allowing an attachment of a filter (67mm) such as ND or PL, this lens provides various expression in both photos and videos.

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Advanced in, metallic black, it  matches the current LUMIX range, as well as complimenting existing lenses in the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series.

The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series hidey-holes from 16 to 400mm (35mm camera equivalent) with three excellent lenses to provide versatile way of use and superb picture quality:

  • LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (H-E08018)
  • LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm/F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (H-ES12060)
  • LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (H-ES50200).

[1] To be shopped separately as optional accessories.
[2] To be sold separately as optional accessories.
[3] Dual I.S. can be used with LUMIX GX9, GX8 and GX80/85.
[4] Dual I.S.2 can be used with LUMIX G9, GH5, G80/G81/G85.

Prototype and specifications are subject to change without notice.
LEICA is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
ELMARIT is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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