Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S

Last updated (07 January’13):
- Review by WDC

Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S features 45mm at focal length equivalent to 90mm on a 35mm film camera with maximum aperture of f/2.8 equiv. aperture (depth-of-field) f/5.6. The lens construction has 14 elements in 10 groups. Closest focusing distance at 0.15m and has a filter size of 46mm. The Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S lens weighs 225g and it measures 62.5mm in diameter and 63mm long.

Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S
Overall Rating: ★★★★½


Expert Reviews

Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S Reviews

WDC reviews the Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S and writes;
“Optical Image Stabilisation (Mega OIS) is built into the lens and controlled from the camera body. This works well, without any of the jitters that some other systems produce. A focus limiter restricts the minimum object distance to 0.5m for normal photography and allows extended focusing down to 0.15m in macro mode.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photozone reviews the Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S and writes;
“The Leica DG Macro-Elamrit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH OIS is a very good lens albeit not a perfect one. The resolution is generally on a very high level straight from the max. aperture setting but it does not excel in terms of peak performance… The build quality is very good – some may criticize the “lack of substance” but it simply an extremely compact lens and as such very light-weight at just 225g. “
rating: N/A

Video Reviews

Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S Reviews

Review Video By Steve Huff

Features & Specifications

Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S Specifications

The world’s first Leica Micro Four Thirds lens, the Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm/F2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S., features exceptional image quality in a compact size.

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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