Panasonic 100-400mm f/4-6.3 Leica DG Vario-Elmar Zoom Lens
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
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.
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.
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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
Angle of View 12-3.1