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.
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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.”
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. “
Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S Reviews
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Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S User Reviews
Must have lens for MFT | Rating:
“I love my Panasonic GF!. This is an incredible lens for MFT. Sharp as hell. Great macro as well as portrait. If you have MFT you should have this lens. “ – by James C. Sengul
Excellent lens, | Rating:
“Overall for features, internal focus, size, weight, match to the system, image quality, focus speed and versatility I rate this lens as Excellent with some exceptions for vignetting wide open, very slight color fringing and Bokeh. Not matter how you measure it, it still comes up as a true professional quality optic. “ – by David Robinson
Wow, what a lens! | Rating:
“I’ve taken a variety of pictures in different settings in the last day and I must say the lens exceeded my expectations. I’ve paired it with my Panasonic GH1 and the auto-focus is very fast. The lens really is a light sponge taking low-light photos of exceptional quality. I’ve attempted to take photos in various light conditions and lengths and I can say this lens produces the best quality photos I’ve taken with the camera.” – by DaddyZevoxx
Good for macro, Better for portraits | Rating:
“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.” – by Noirist
Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S Sample Photos
- Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S Sample Photos @ e-p1.net
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- Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S Sample Photos @ Photozone.de
- Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S Sample Photos @ Flickr.com
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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