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The Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH Mega OIS is one of two compact lenses for Micro Four Thirds that Panasonic announced alongside the DMC-GF1 in September 2009, the other being the Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Pancake. 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 both optical image stabilization and true 1:1 macro focusing capability. Indeed 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. The short telephoto focal length (equivalent to 90mm on full frame) is also ideal for shooting head-and-shoulders portraits with a flattering perspective.
The lens uses a complex optical design of 14 elements in 10 groups, including an ED glass element to minimize chromatic aberration and (unusually for a macro) an aspheric element. The diaphragm mechanism uses seven rounded blades, to give a circular aperture for smooth rendition of out-of-focus regions of the image. There's a also a focus limiter switch on the side of the lens barrel, which allows the user to restrict the minimum available distance to 0.5m for faster autofocus when shooting at longer ranges.
Now all this versatility and miniaturization (not to mention the Leica name on the barrel) makes the 45mm macro an expensive lens, which leaves Micro Four Thirds users with an interesting quandary. Because the most direct competitor for the 45mm is Olympus's Zuiko Digital ED 50mm F2 Macro for 'regular' Four Thirds, which can be used via an adapter (the Panasonic DMW-MA1 or the functionally identical Olympus MF-2). This lens won't autofocus on Panasonic bodies, and will only do so hesitantly on the E-P1; but then again macro shooters almost invariably work using manual focus. It also doesn't have image stabilization and only offers 1:2 magnification; but in its favor it's probably the finest lens we've yet tested. So the big question is whether that Leica badge makes the 45mm macro sufficiently special to be able to hold its own against such formidable opposition.
The picture below illustrates the lens's angle of view (taken from our standard vantage point):
45mm (90mm equivalent)
|Price|| US: $900
|Date introduced||September 2009|
|Maximum format size||Micro Four Thirds|
|35mm equivalent focal length||90mm|
|Diagonal angle of view||27°|
|Lens Construction||• 14 elements / 10 groups
• 1 ED element
• 1 Aspherical element
|Number of diaphragm blades||7, rounded|
|Minimum focus||• Full: 0.15m / 0.50ft
• Limit: 0.5m / 1.64ft
|Maximum magnification||1.0x (2.0x 35mm equivalent)|
|AF motor type||• DC Micro motor
• 'Focus-by-wire' manual focus
|Filter thread||• 46mm
• Does not rotate on focus
|Supplied accessories*||• Front and rear caps
• Lens hood
• Lens case
|Weight||225g (7.9 oz)|
|Dimensions||63mm diameter x 62.5mm length
(2.5 x 2.5 in)
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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