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Panasonic 100-400mm f/4-6.3 Leica DG Vario-Elmar Zoom Lens

Product Code: P242823P
The Panasonic LEICA 100-400mm f/4-6.3 is an ultra telephoto, micro four thirds zoom lens with a maximum focal length of 800mm (35mm equivalent).
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Park Picks 2017 Winner: Best Lens

This lens is the brainchild from two photographic powerhouses who regularly combine to create great optics, and is a welcome addition the micro-four thirds lens world short of long telephoto focal lengths.

Whilst it is a large lens for this class, it has to be so that it can offer its 200-800mm equivalent focal length - owing to the 2x crop factor of MFT cameras. Fast and silent AF along with strong optical quality make this a perfect combination with one of Panasonic's Lumix G cameras capable of 4K for shooting ultra high-definition video. 

It has opened up a whole new focal length to Panasonic and Olympus' range of mirrorless cameras which is exactly why this lens is part of Park Picks - we like innovation and a lens that can push the boundaries out what is currently possible is a deserved victor.

For a full list of winners and highly commended products take a look here - Park Picks 2017

PANASONIC LEICA 100-400MM / F4-6.3 telephoto zoom lens SUMMARY

  • Image stabiliser in a light and compact body
  • High resolution LEICA DG lens
  • Optimised for 4K video filming
  • Accurate 240fps autofocus and silent zoom operation
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Splash and dustproof
 

LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. offers 100-400mm (35mm camera equivalent: 200-800mm) while achieving astonishingly high mobility with its compact size of overall length approx.171.5 mm / 6.75 inch and light weight of approx.985g / 34.74oz. A powerful 800mm (35mm camera equiv.) focal length pulls distant activities up so close they appear to be happening right in front of your eyes. It also features 0.5x (35mm camera equivalent) capability for impressive macro shot.

Clearing the stringent quality standard of LEICA, the lens system features is comprised of 20 elements in 13 groups including 2 ED lenses, 1 UED lens and 1 aspherical ED lens. UED and aspherical ED lens achieve high-resolution, high-contrast image from corner to corner. ED and UED lens effectively suppress chromatic aberration. Aspherical ED lens also helps dramatic downsizing despite its powerful zoom. Nine blades produces an attractively smooth defocus effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. They provide superb image quality across the entire zoom range.

LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. features splash/dust-proof rugged design to stand against heavy field use such as wildlife photography. Thanks to the compact and light weight profile, this lens can be mounted easily on all LUMIX DSLM cameras without needing a stand*. The Zoom Ring Lock keeps the locked zoom position securely. A tripod mount has also been incorporated to enable faster conversion between landscape and portrait orientation. * Requires External Tripod Mount when using the lens on DMC-GH4 camera with a Battery Grip.

Incorporating an inner focus drive system and stepping motor, the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. is capable of smooth, silent operation to work with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for both photo and video recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at max. 240 fps to take maximum advantage of cameras with high-speed AF. This stunning AF performance is excellent enough to record 4K video, where precise focusing is severely required.

The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates for the hand-shake movement, making it easy to shoot even without a tripod. The lens works with Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) system when mounted on Panasonic LUMIX DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera DMC-GX8.

 
Our Verdict

The Panasonic LEICA 100-400mm/F4-6.3 lens is ideal for shooting 4K video but is equally suited for taking outdoor photography and subjects at a long range.

We Love
  • Its silent zoom – perfect for wildlife photography
  • The typical LEICA build, but in a compact and light form
  • Its 4K video support

If you would like to buy the Panasonic LEICA 100-400mm / F4-6.3, just click ‘Add to basket’. For further information about it or any of our other products or services, you can call us on 01444 23 70 70 or send an email to sales@parkcameras.com.

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Panasonic 100-400mm f/4-6.3 Leica DG Vario-Elmar Zoom Lens Specifications

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Lens Type Telephoto Zoom

Focal length - wide (mm) 400

Focal length - tele (mm) 100

Max aperture - wide 4.0

Max aperture - tele 6.3

Minimum aperture 22

Minimum focus distance (m) 1.3

Image stabilisation POWER OIS

Sensor format Micro Four Thirds

Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Fit

Lens elements 20

Lens groups 13

Aperture blades 9

Filter thread (mm) 72

Autofocus motor Yes

Focus mechanism AF

MF switch Yes

Colour Black

Angle of View 12-3.1

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