Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS

Announced Sep 2, 2009 •
Telephoto macro prime lens | Micro Four Thirds | H-ES045
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Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS Lens (Micro Four Thirds Mount)
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Announced Sep 2, 2009

Panasonic's first Leica-branded lens for Micro Four Thirds is a tiny internal focusing macro capable of true 1:1 magnification. Like its sibling it fits a lot into a very small space; the 45mm measures just 2.5" in each dimension, yet manages to to incorporate optical image stabilization. This lens can focus to just 0.15m without changing in length - a feat made possible by a complex internal focusing system which uses three groups in a floating arrangement. Optically it's very good indeed, but the image stabilization system isn't the most effective especially at macro distances.

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Quick specs
Lens type Prime lens
Focal length 45 mm
Image stab. Yes (OIS)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Max aperture F2.8
Min aperture F22.0
Min focus 0.15 m (5.91)
Max magnification 1×
Weight 225 g (0.50 lb)
Length 63 mm (2.46)

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Our review

In many regards the Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH is a very appealing little lens, and its diminutive size captures the gestalt of the format perfectly. Optically it is, if not quite top of the class, still very competent indeed - and the 1:1 magnification offers intriguing creative possibilities.

Good for: True 1:1 macro work, where this lens's strengths really shine.

Not so good for: Everyday photography, where the somewhat ineffective O.I.S. stabilization and relatively slow maximum aperture are limiting.

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