Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S Review

A 200mm f/2.8 lens might seems a fairly standard offering, but when we consider this is for MFT format and we apply the 2x crop factor, we are left with a field of view comparable to a 400mm f/2.8 on a 35mm-format full frame camera. Fit the 1.4x teleconverter and the resulting 280mm f/4 optic has a  “35mm-equivalent” of 560mm f/4, a very exciting prospect. The resulting package is also extremely compact, a fraction of the size and weight of comparable-effect full frame lenses. Coupled up to the Panasonic Lumix G6 camera body used for this review, let’s see if this all lives up to the promise.

Handling and Features

This is clearly from the outset a beautifully made lens. All the controls are super-smooth in operation, everything fits together with precision and the overall finish is exemplary. Weighing in at 1245g, this might seem heavy for the format, but consider the alternatives in larger formats and we really have a relatively light package for the intended purposes.

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