New Tele­zoom For M43 Fur­ther Lev­er­ages For­mat Size

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Pana­sonic has an­nounced another new tele­photo lens which makes the most of the Mi­cro Four Thirds sen­sor size to op­ti­mise its com­pact di­men­sions and lighter weight.

The new Le­ica DG Vario-El­marit 50-200mm f2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS model – which has an ef­fec­tive fo­cal range of 100-400mm – is only 132 mil­lime­tres in length and weighs a very man­age­able 655 grams. It has a fully weather-proofed ex­ter­nal con­struc­tion (in­clud­ing in­su­la­tion for shoot­ing in sub-zero tem­per­a­tures down to -10 de­grees Cel­sius) which uses metal bar­rel tubes. On the in­side the op­ti­cal con­struc­tion com­prises 21 el­e­ments in 15 groups, in­clud­ing seven spe­cial types – two as­pher­i­cal el­e­ments, four with ex­tra-low dis­per­sion char­ac­ter­is­tics and one with an ul­tra-high re­frac­tive in­dex. Col­lec­tively, these spe­cial el­e­ments cor­rect for chro­matic aber­ra­tions and dis­tor­tion to op­ti­mise both sharp­ness and con­trast. Pana­sonic’s ‘Nano Sur­face Coat­ing’ is used to min­imise both ghost­ing and flare.

The new 50-200mm is com­pat­i­ble with Pana­sonic’s 240 fps high-speed de­tec­tion for its lat­est-gen­er­a­tion ‘Depth From De­fo­cus’ (DFD) con­trast-de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus­ing, and the ‘Dual IS 2’ hy­brid im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion which em­ploys a com­bi­na­tion of op­ti­cal and body-based cor­rec­tion meth­ods. The min­i­mum fo­cus­ing dis­tance is 75 cen­time­tres which gives a max­i­mum mag­ni­fi­ca­tion ra­tio of 1:2 at 200mm (i.e. 400mm). Two com­pat­i­ble tele­con­vert­ers are avail­able – the DMW-TC14 which gives a 1.4x in­crease in the fo­cal range and the DMW-TC20 which gives a 2.0x in­crease. With the DMW-TC14 the fo­cal range ef­fec­tively be­comes 140-560mm and with the DMW-TC20 it’s up to 200-800mm.

The 50-200mm lens is the third f2.8-4.0 speed zoom in­tro­duced by Pana­sonic and joins the 8-18mm and 12-60mm mod­els, giv­ing pho­tog­ra­phers a range of 16mm to 400mm across three com­pact, weather-sealed lenses.

The Le­ica DG Vario-El­marit 50-200mm f2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS will be avail­able in Aus­tralia from June, priced at $2299.

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