PANA­SONIC LE­ICA DG VARIO-EL­MAR 100-400MM F4.0-6.3 ASPH POWER OIS

Camera - - IN PRACTICE | WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY -

An­other com­pelling rea­son to con­sider a Mi­cro Four Thirds for­mat mir­ror­less cam­era, be­cause Pana­sonic’s Le­icade­signed 100-400mm tele­zoom is ef­fec­tively a 200-800mm su­pertele­photo. Yet it weighs not much over a kilo and sells for not much over $2000. The op­ti­cal de­sign in­cludes four spe­cial el­e­ments to deal with both dis­tor­tion and chro­matic aber­ra­tions, plus the all-metal bar­rel is weath­ersealed and the ‘Power OIS’ im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion works in con­junc­tion with Pana­sonic’s lat­est body­based sys­tems to give up to four stops of cor­rec­tion. There’s a built-in, tele­scopic lens hood and nifty tri­pod mount ar­range­ments which keeps all the con­trols cor­rectly po­si­tioned re­gard­less of whether the lens is hor­i­zon­tally or ver­ti­cally ori­en­tated. $2199. Visit www.pana­sonic.com.au

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