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Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power OIS lens

Introduction

  • announced Nov 2017, available Jan 2018
  • same weight but shorter and more expensive than the Olympus mZD 300mm f/4 PRO lens
  • disappointingly, it is 3x the price and almost twice as heavy as the full frame Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L lenses, but then the Panasonic adds:
    • weathersealing
    • improved sharpness in order to match the MFT's higher pixel density and the effective 400mm field of view
    • more sophisticated AF motor system with silent much faster AF in Live View / Video, and able to do face AF
    • optical image stabiliser
    • presumably less vignetting as the filter size is 77mm not 72mm
    • 9 rounded diaphragm blades instead of 8 non-rounded blades
    • nano lens coating
    • focus limiter switch
    • closer focusing to 1.15m instead of 1.5m
  • in essence, it functions in a similar role as the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens which gives the same DOF, and field of view on a full frame dSLR but you would need to use the dSLR at 2 stops higher iSO to make up for the loss of aperture, and compared to this lens, the Panasonic is:
    • 2.5x the price but you are getting the 1.4x TC thrown in
    • same weight but better weathersealing
    • more effective Dual IS (6.5EV on a compatible Panasonic body)
    • much shorter at 174mm compared with 257mm
    • less conspicuous black instead of white
    • nano coating
    • improved sharpness in order to match the MFT's higher pixel density
    • more sophisticated AF motor system with silent much faster AF in Live View / Video, and able to do face AF
    • 9 rounded diaphragm blades instead of 8 non-rounded blades
    • much closer focusing to 1.15m instead of 3.5m

Specs

  • 200mm f/2.8 (400mm full frame eq)
  • weathersealed
  • 77mm filter
  • tripod collar
  • lens hood
  • optical image stabiliser - 6.5EV Dual IS 2.0 with compatible Panasonic cameras (GH5, G9, G80/81/85)
  • 9 diaphragm blades
  • 15 elements in 13 groups including 2 ultra extra-low dispersion
  • Nano coating
  • focus limiter switch 3m to infinity
  • focus memory switch
  • close focus 1.15 m (45.28″) giving 0.2x macro
  • triple stepper motor 240fps
  • internal focus
  • micro-step drive system in the aperture control section helps the camera smoothly catch up to brightness changes when panning
  • 88 mm (3.46″) x 174 mm (6.85″)
  • 1245 g (2.74 lb)
  • $US2999 including bundled DMW-TC14 1.4x teleconverter (also compatible with DMW-TC20 Pan. 2x TC)

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photo/pan200mm.txt · Last modified: 2017/11/17 23:13 by gary1