Here’s our concise review of the Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 telephoto prime lens…
Panasonic recently launched its 200mm f/2.8, alongside the G9 camera. Thanks to its Micro Four Thirds fit it offers a 35mm equivalent of 400mm and comes with a 1.4x teleconverter, allowing you up to 560mm out of the box.
As is characteristic for a prime lens, the optics are very sharp and the image quality is excellent. At f/2.8 the centre is incredibly sharp and the corners get there by f/4. Using the teleconverter has a slight effect on the corners but generally the images still retain their sharpness.
It isn’t the smallest lens, but compared to full-frame counterparts it’s still compact. The build quality feels very rugged. Featuring 15 elements in 13 groups, it includes 2 Ultra-Extra Low Dispersion elements and 9 diaphragm blades for rounded bokeh (the out-of-focus areas).
You also have O.I.S, a must when using the 1.4x teleconverter, with the longer focal length drastically amplifying shake from hand-held shooting.
Find out more at the Panasonic website.
Teleconverter reduces quality
Min aperture: f/22
Max aperture: f/2.8
Filter size: 77mm
Min focusing distance: 115cm