Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S.
New telephoto lens for sport and wildlife, with two tele-converters
Panasonic has launched a new wide-aperture telephoto lens aimed at wildlife and sports photographers. The Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S. delivers a similar angle of view to that which a 400mm lens would on a full frame system, and comes with a 1.4x tele-converter in the box that gives it the reach of a 560mm lens.
Compatible with the Lumix Dual IS ll system the lens offers 5-axis image stabilisation and up to 6.5 stops of extra shutter speed according to the camera it is used on. The lens uses 15 elements in 13 groups and features 2 UED (Ultra Extra-low Dispersion) elements. Nano-surface coatings reduce flare and internal reflections to maintain contrast, while silent focusing makes the lens suitable for video as well as for shooting wildlife. The 240fps internal drive allows the lens to focus quickly and accurately during 4K video recording, and a new micro stepping motor around the iris allows smoother exposure transitions during filming.
The lens barrel houses controls for limiting the distance range that the AF has to work in, as well as a function button that can be used to start or stop focusing in the lens. A memory switch allows users to record a focus position and then recall it later. The switch also allows users to customise which feature the function button gives access to via a new menu item in the Lumix DC-G9.
The closest focus of the lens is an exceptional 1.15m – the limiter reduces this so the AF only hunts between infinity and 3m – and the nine-bladed iris closes to f/22.
The Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S (Panasonic LEICA H-ES200) weighs 1245g, measures 174mm in length, 87.5mm in diameter and uses a 77mm filter over the front element. It is freeze-, dust – and splash-proof, and will have a retail price of £2699 when it goes on sale in December.
Panasonic has introduced a pair of tele-converters to go with the new lens that fit between the rear of the lens and the camera body to extend its focal range. The DMW-TC14 is a 1.4x converter and comes with the lens, while the 2x DMW-TC20 is optional. The 1.4x converter turns the 200mm f/2.8 lens into a 560mm f/4 telephoto, while the 2x converter makes it act as an 800mm f/5.6 lens. Both tele-converters are also freeze-, dust – and splash-proof to go with the lens.
At the moment the tele-converters are only compatible with the 200mm lens.
Click here to see our review of the The Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S. and sample shots taken with it.