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Panasonic Leica DG 50-200mm f/2.8-f/4.0


  • the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-f/4.0 (100-400mm lens in full frame FOV terms)
  • shipping May 2018
    • significantly lighter at 655g compared with 760g (The Olympus lens also needs the additional weight of the 1.4x TC to get to 66-210mm f/4)
    • significantly shorter at 132mm compared with 160mm for the Olympus (and a touch longer when you add the 1.4x TC)
    • has optical image stabiliser (and when used on the latest Panasonic cameras 6.5EV Dual IS)
    • compatible with Panasonic's DFD AF system whereas the Olympus is not - ie. if you have a Panasnoic camera - buy the Panasonic lens instead of the Olympus lens - for Olympus camera users either will be fine.
    • the additional native 200mm focal reach of the Panasonic lens avoids the need to use a TC and thus allows wider apertures than f/4 as you zoom out (although realistically this is only of significant benefit below 100mm and it is unlikely you will be shooting at this for most sports)
    • the Panasonic is probably a better choice for the kids soccer games
    • BUT the compromises with the Panasonic lens are:
      • lens gets longer physically on zooming - this could risk water and dust entering as you zoom out despite the weathersealing
      • no MF clutch
      • no Lens Fn button
      • the Olympus has a slightly closer focus at 0.7m compared to 0.75m for the Panasonic
      • the Olympus lens provides f/2.8 all the way to 150mm which gives shallower depth of field (DOF) at 150mm and allows 1 stop lower ISO for sports at 150mm


  • 50-200mm (100-400mm lens in full frame FOV terms)
  • widest aperture quickly drops from f/2.8 at 50mm to f/3.6 at 100mm, f/3.9 at 150mm
  • weathersealed
  • close focus 0.75m
  • 21 elements in 15 groups
  • 9 rounded blades
  • 67mm filter thread
  • 76 x 132mm (2.99 x 5.20″) but extends on zooming
  • 655g (1.44lb)
  • $US1699
  • compatible with DMW-TC14 and DMW-TC20 teleconverters
  • no focus limiter switch
  • large bayonet mount lens hood


photo/pan50-200.txt · Last modified: 2018/11/22 10:38 by gary1

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