Panasonic has formally announced the Leica DG Vario 50-200mm, the latest lens in its line of F2.8-4 zooms. It's the third lens in the series, and the final model Panasonic promised at CES 2017 when it announced the 12-60mm F2.8-4. It covers a 100-400mm equivalent range and features a dust/splashproof design. Panasonic's Power O.I.S. stabilization is included and works with Dual I.S. on compatible Lumix cameras.

The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4 will be available in June for $1700.

Press Release

The New Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens for Superb Image Quality LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (H-ES50200)

100 mm to 400 mm
* Super Telephoto with High Mobility
*35mm camera equivalent

Newark, NJ (February 26, 2018) Panasonic introduces a new telephoto zoom digital interchangeable lens, the compact LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 100-400 mm), the third lens to be introduced from its LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series. And like all lenses in the series, includes Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosts and flaring, plus a rugged, dust/splash-proof design that is freeze-proof to -10℃.

The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. has a zoom range of 100mm to super telephoto 400 mm (35mm camera equivalent) to cover shooting situations from wildlife and indoor sports to portraits. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates for hand-shake movement to shoot even without a tripod. The lens works with Dual I.S.*1 (Image Stabilizer) and Dual.I.S.2*2 when mounted on compliant Panasonic LUMIX DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) cameras.

Comprising 21 elements in 15 groups, the lens system features two UED (Ultra Extra-low Dispersion) lenses, two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses and two aspherical lenses. The sensor drive at max. 240 fps takes full advantage of cameras with high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF for exceptional video recording performance, and an inner focus drive system ensures smooth, silent operation. A micro-step drive system in the aperture control helps the camera smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design provides exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming.

By attaching a filter (67mm) such as ND or PL, the lens provides a wider range of expression in photos and video. A 1.4x Teleconverter DMW-TC14*3 extends focusing distance to 560mm (35mm camera equivalent) and the 2.0x Teleconverter DMW-TC20*3 to 800mm (35mm camera equivalent) for more close-up shots.

The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm will be available in stores at the end of June 2018. Suggested retail price is $1699.99 Available in sharp, metallic black.

*1 Dual I.S. can be used with LUMIX GX9, GX8 and GX80/85.
*2 Dual I.S.2 can be used with LUMIX G9, GH5, G80/G81/G85.
*3 To be sold separately as optional accessories.
•Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
•LEICA is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
•ELMARIT is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.

The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series covers 16 to 400mm (35mm camera equivalent) with three outstanding lenses - LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (H-E08018), LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm/F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (H-ES12060) and LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 50-200mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (H-ES50200), to provide versatile, superb picture quality.  

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4 specification

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeFourThirds
Focal length50–200 mm
Image stabilizationYes
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum apertureF2.8–4
Minimum apertureF22
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades9
Optics
Elements21
Groups15
Special elements / coatings2 aspherical + 2 UED + 2 ED elements, Nano Surface Coating
Focus
Minimum focus0.75 m (29.53)
Maximum magnification0.5×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeLinear Motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight655 g (1.44 lb)
Diameter76 mm (2.99)
Length132 mm (5.2)
SealingYes
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Filter thread67 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarNo