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New Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens for superb image quality: Leica Dg Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / Power O.I.S.

March 3, 2018 Gadgets No Comments Email Email

Panasonic has introduced a new telephoto zoom digital interchangeable lens, the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (35 mm equivalent: 100-400 mm); the third lens in its LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series.

Scott Mellish, Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic, said: “Supporting demand from keen sports and wildlife photographers, the new lens offers a desirable focal length and speed combination – covering a distance from ultra-telephoto to super telephoto, and with a fast F2.8-4.0 aperture. “

“We now have three F2.8-4.0 Leica lenses, 8-18mm, 12-60mm and the new 50-200mm, all with outstanding imaging and exacting body design, including weather sealing.  A photographer can carry an amazing focal range of 16mm to 400mm (35mm equivalent), with fast apertures – all in a lightweight kit with no compromise on quality. “

The 67mm filter thread allows for the use of ND and PL filters to further enhance the lens’ versatility.  Two optional Teleconverters are available, the 2.0x DMW-TC20, which extends focusing distance to 800mm (35mm equivalent), and the 1.4x DMW-TC14 (560mm – 35mm equivalent). Particularly important when zooming and shooting distant subjects, the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) compensates for hand-shake, allowing shooting without a tripod. For powerful stabilisation, the lens works with Dual I.S.[ii] (Image Stabiliser) and the Dual.I.S.2[iii] system when mounted on compatible Panasonic LUMIX DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) cameras.

The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. lens (H-ES50200) offers excellent sharpness and precision for both photo and video recording; while achieving a compact mobility not possible in other camera systems. The rugged and stylish metallic black body is designed to match the latest LUMIX G cameras, including the GX9, G9, GH5 and GH5S.  The H-ES50200 is priced at $2,299rrp, and will be available in Australia in June 2018 from photographic specialists and consumer electronics retailers.

As with all lenses in the Series, the H-ES50200 has a rugged, dust and splash-proof design, is freeze-proof down to -10 degrees Celsius to withstand professional use under harsh conditions; and takes advantage of Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimise ghosts and flaring. High-quality video recording capability is also a key advantage of this lens Series.

The H-ES50200 lens is compatible with the LUMIX G sensor drive at 240fps to take advantage of the high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF. The AF tracking performance in zooming is also enhanced with high-speed frame analysis for focus control.

The new lens incorporates 21 elements in 15 groups, including two UED (Ultra Extra-low Dispersion) lenses, two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses, two aspherical lenses and one UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index Lens) lens. These lenses and Panasonic’s cutting edge optical technology achieve high-resolution, high-contrast imaging from centre to corner while suppressing distortion and chromatic aberration.

The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 lens Series covers from 8 to 200mm (16-400 mm in 35mm camera equivalent) with three excellent lenses that provide a versatile range 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. / POWER O.I.S. (H-ES12060)

and LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-ES50200).

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