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Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm/F2.8 ASPH Lens with MEGA OIS for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras
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Overall score: 89%
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- 45mm focal length; equivalent to 90mm on a 35mm film camera
- Uses both an aspherical lens and an ED lens comprised of fourteen lenses arranged in ten groups
- Inner focus motor system makes action smooth and silent when capturing still and video content
- Minimum focus distance can instantly be changed to 150mm or 500mm
- Used with Lumix G Micro System Cameras, allows for use of the advanced contrast Auto Focus (AF) system
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Devices||DMC-GF3CT, DMC-GH2HK, DMC-GF3CK, DMC-GH2S-BODY-ONLY, DMC-GX1KS, DMC-GX1SBODY, DMC-GX1KK, DMC-GX1KBODY, DMC-GX1XK, DMC-GX1XS, DMC-G3KR, DMC-GF2KK, DMC-GH2KK, DMC-GF3XW, DMC-GF3XR, DMC-GF3KK, DMC-GF3CR, DMC-GF3XK, DMC-GF3KBODY, DMC-GF3CW, DMC-GF3KW, DMC-GF3KR, DMC-GF3XT, DMC-GF3KT, DMC-GF2CS, DMC-G3KT, DMC-GF1C-K, DMC-GH1K, DMC-GH1K-Body-Only, DMC-GF2CK, DMC-GF2CW, DMC-GF2KW, DMC-GF2KR, DMC-GF2KS, DMC-GF2CR, DMC-GH2K-BODY-ONLY, DMC-GH2KS, DMC-G3KBODY, DMC-G3KW, DMC-G3KK, DMC-G1K, DMW-LPL46, DMW-LMC46, DMW-LND46, DMC-G10K, DMC-G1A, DMC-G1R, DMC-G2A, DMC-G2K, DMC-G2R, DMC-GF1K-K|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Included Components||Front & Lens Caps - Lens Hood - Lens Storage|
|Item Dimensions||2.48 x 2.48 x 2.48 inches|
|Item Weight||0.5 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.15 m|
|Material Type||Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||45 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||FourThirds|
|Minimum Focal Length||45 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||14|
|Number of Groups||10|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||46 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.85 pounds|
Review summary from DPReview
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.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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From the Manufacturer
The Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm/F2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. (equivalent to 90mm on a 35mm film camera), features outstanding image quality that meets the renowned Leica standard. The new Leica lens uses both an aspherical lens and an ED lens comprised of fourteen lenses arranged in ten groups. This lens takes advantage of the Micro Four Thirds specifications to achieve a dramatic size decrease, while also minimizing distortion and glare. Panasonic's Mega Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) suppresses the blurring that is commonly caused by hand-shake, making it easy to shoot sharply-focused macro shots even in dimly-lit places without the need for a tripod.
The Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm/F2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. lens incorporates an inner focus motor system that makes action smooth and silent when capturing still and video content. By flipping a switch on the lens barrel, the minimum focus distance can instantly be changed to 150mm or 500mm (approximately 5.9 inches or 19.7 inches respectively). This lens excels when taking portraits, mid-range snapshots and landscapes, in addition to macro shots.
When mounted on Lumix G Micro System Cameras, the Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm/F2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. lens allows for use of the advanced contrast Auto Focus (AF) system, which includes Panasonic's Face Recognition functions. It's comprised of seven blades, which produce an attractive and smooth background blur effect when shooting at larger aperture settings. These lenses also feature a highly-reliable metal mount, and use multi-coated lens elements to minimize glare and further enhance optical performance.
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Top Customer Reviews
This lens is quite small and light, a perfect match for the mFT (Micro Four Thirds) cameras as size and weight are design considerations to match the systems. It is very well built solid construction with a blend of plastics and metal. Compared to better quality Macro lenses it is smaller and lighter by a good margin. It is most often compared to the Olympus Zuiko 50mm F2 which is one of the finest macro lenses built for the four thirds sensor systems or any system for that matter. The 50mm is heavier, larger and requires an adapter to be used on mTF cameras. On olympus mTF 50mm autofocus works erratically, on Panasonic mTF autofocus of the Olympus 50mm does not work at all, you must use manual focus . Auto aperture works with both. This same applies to any other "legacy" macro from other manufacturers. You can get adapters for about 90% of all legacy lenses made to use them with mTF cameras but most will be either fully manual, standard four third lenses will work with auto aperture but only some will provide autofocus. However, as of this writing, the 45mm F2.8 Elmarit is the only macro lens designed and built specifically for the mTF system cameras (Olympus and Panasonic). Some mTF zooms provide some very close focusing but none of the zooms provide true macro.
The 45mm is an internal focus lens. This means that regardless of focus distance the front element of the lens never extends or changes position.Read more ›
Initially I purchased this lens for macro purposes after seeing Microcosmos for the umpteenth time but over the past month it has become my favorite all-around micro 4/3rds lens. It's faster than the GH1 kit lens and it does not have the wide angle distortion of the 20mm/f1.7 or the 7-14mm/f4.0. It has the best color rendition and the most pleasing bokeh of those other lenses. This lens provides the best portraits and the best macro shots, so it's my favorite walk-around lens. I still use the 20mm/f1.7 for extreme low light and confined quarters, but I have developed an aversion to the way that its 20mm focal length distorts people's faces.
As a macro lens, the 45mm/f2.8 provides 100% magnification, autofocus, and autoaperture. I don't use the autoaperture for macro shots because the camera prefers f2.8 which results in slight vignetting and unusably shallow depth of field. Nor do I use the autofocus for extreme 100% magnification macro shots because it hunts too much and manual focus is more effective for such situations. I use autofocus for more moderate 25-50% magnification macro shots and for portraits and other non-macro pictures. Autofocus hunts at macro distances but is fast and accurate at regular (non-macro) distances with the focus limiter.
This lens is better used for macro stills than macro movies. To achieve maximum 1.Read more ›
I like taking portraits of people, and wanted a little more reach than the 20 provides - admittedly, I did not purchase the lens for strictly macro work - I like head-and-shoulders images.
The lens is fantastic, ultra sharp with terrific colors - small, fast-focusing and VERY accurate in focus. Bokeh looks great, and I am now torn when going out trying to decide which lens to have on the camera - this really says a lot, as the 20 mm is so very good and has been the one to use up to this point. IF you are wondering if this lens is really worth the higher price, I have to say that yes, I am sold - color, clarity, sharpness, speed - all tops.
Also, I am a bit surprised about how much I like the OIS - it works very well, and really helps a lot - I have more "keepers" in tougher, lower shutter speed situations. I feel that anyone who wants to get closer but keep the narrower depth of field this f 2.8 lens provides will really like this lens - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous lens...really fast focus and getting great depth of field from it. I am having a week nderful time learning how to use it.Published 8 days ago by Patricia A., Sinclair
The only macro as sharp with a better depth of field as this one was my 110mm Hasselblad on a bellows. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dr. Roger L. Mccarthy
Great sharpness and color
Nice looking bokeh
Macro and Portrait in one
Vignetting at f2. Read more
Lens arrived on time and well packed. My only complaint is the minimum focusing distance is not that close. Image quality is superb.Published 8 months ago by Larry Gates
Using on a Lumix G5. No autofocus issues (as others have reported), yet. Nice, solidly built lens.Published 10 months ago by Jon
keywords: AF issue, AF broken, AF does not work, not focusing, autofocus does not work, autofocus broken, autofocus issue, panasonic issue, panasonic issues, panasonic does not... Read morePublished 12 months ago by DP
Purchased this specifically for Macro work for my Panasonic Lumix G6. The lens documentation suggested a firmware upgrade on the camera might be needed for maximum compatibility... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Moose Man
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> There is no doubt that the Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2. Read more