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First Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 MFT Lens Reviews

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First Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 MFT lens reviews now available online from several photography sites.

The very first super-tele lens reviews comes from ePhotozine and Daniel Cox. Dpreview also posted a gallery of sample images taken with the new Panasonic’s MFT lens.

The high-end telephoto zoom lens offers a truly expansive 200-800mm equivalent focal length range when attached to a Micro Four Thirds body.

First Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 MFT Lens Reviews


From ePhotozine verdict :

Sometimes there are few choices in certain niches. This Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm lens fits its purpose very well indeed, at a price which, although high, is reasonable in its class. If we want a high quality optic for sports, birding, wildlife, photo-journalism and other long range applications then this is it. The close focusing that brings closer subjects into range is a bonus.

From Daniel Cox Dual IS test with the Panasonic GX8

The new Olympus lens is getting rave reviews for it’s Dual IS with the Olympus bodies so I thought I should try something similar with the new Leica 100-400mm and the GX8. I have given permission for downloading these images in their full size JPEG form. Below is the link and the password for download.
Leica 100-400mm Dual IS with Lumix GX8
Password: leicalensIStest

The Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 F4-6.3 will be available from March 25th with a price tag of $1,799.99. So we’ll see more samples from this lens this Spring.

Lens Technical Specifications

Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size FourThirds
Focal length 100–400 mm
Image stabilisation Yes
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Maximum aperture F4.0 – F6.3
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes Circular blades
Elements 20
Groups 13
Special elements / coatings 1 aspherical ED, 1 UED, 2 ED elements
Minimum focus 1.30 m (51.18)
Maximum magnification 0.25×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micromotor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Extending front
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter Yes
Weight 985 g (2.17 lb)
Diameter 83 mm (3.27)
Length 172 mm (6.75)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 72.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar Yes