Back in July 2015, Panasonic has announced the development of LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 telephoto zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 200-800mm) for the Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Now according to latest Panasonic rumors, the upcoming Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 MFT lens will be released in Spring of 2016.
Currently Micro Four Thirds users have the Olympus Zuiko Digital 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Lens with a price tag around $400 (click for listings). But we expect Panasonic will provide wider focal range model with a higher price. Probably around $2,000.
Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 MFT Lens Details
Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 telephoto zoom lens offers an effective focal range of 200-800mm in 35mm terms and will be the first LEICA DG zoom lens in the lineup. The LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 will have a splash/dust-proof design, POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), and excels in size and weight. See more details shared on the previous development announcement.
Panasonic is developing the first LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 telephoto zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 200-800mm) for the Micro Four Thirds system standard to expand the lineup of DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) digital interchangeable lenses.
The LEICA DG lenses are designed and developed under the stringent quality standard certified by Leica that boast excellent optical performance. Four single focal length LEICA DG lenses have already introduced to the market and have been highly acclaimed by users worldwide.
The new telephoto zoom achieves exceptional imaging performance over the entire zoom range. It also features high speed digital signal exchange at 240 fps to comply with the high-speed, high-precision AF (Auto Focus) with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology on LUMIX G cameras. Together with the POWER O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer), it lets users to focus on the target quickly to capture crisp, clear images. In addition, the new lens is both light and small and is splash/dust-proof to withstand heavy field use. As the new telephoto zoom lens excels in size and weight, it enables handheld 800mm (35mm camera equivalent) telephoto shooting without using a tripod.