Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 Aspherical Mega O.I.S. is a micro 4/3 mount, compact, light weight lens that is designed as per Leica standard and produces excellent image quality. It has focal length of 45mm i.e. 35mm film equivalent of 90mm with maximum aperture of F2.8 and minimum aperture of F22. With magnification of up to 1.0x i.e. equivalent to 2.0x in 35mm terms, lens produces good results for landscapes, telephoto and portrait shooting.
Leica DG 45mm is manufactured by Panasonic and has 14 lens elements in ten groups that include one aspherical element and one ED glass element. This design produces exceptional optical performance with minimal chromatic aberration and distortion. Lens has a circular aperture diaphragm of seven rounded blades that is helpful to capture shots at large aperture settings in out of focus conditions. Lens elements are coated with multi layers that reduce flare and ghosting issues.
This lens uses mega O.I.S. (Optical image Stabilization), an advanced technology that is good for sharp macro shooting and low light conditions. This mega O.I.S. also helps to kill the image blur in any of the handshake conditions. In combination with Lumix G Micro camera, this lens allows usage of features like Face Recognition as part of advanced contrast Auto Focus system. Focus in lens is achieved by three floating structure groups and employment of linear direct-drive motor. All this combination makes shooting experience convenient, smooth, less noisy and fun for both still and video photography.
Closest focus distance supported by Leica DG Macro Elmarit 45mm is 0.15m that can be changed easily to limit of 0.5m by flipping switch on the barrel. Lens accepts filter size of 46mm and supports diagonal angle of viewing of 27 degrees. It is supplied with limited warranty of one year and various accessories like Lens front cap, Rear cap, Lens Hood and a storage bag.
Lens has a compact build with highly durable metal mount, weighs just 225g and has dimensions of 2.48 inches in diameter and 2.46 inches in length. Moreover, its length remains constant due to inner focus mechanism. Leica DG Macro Elmarit 45mm f-2.8 is a high class lens with excellent contrast, resolution and finish quality. One can even produce good pictures without use of a tripod in dim light situations. Lens is extremely good for mid range and portrait shooting with quick and accurate focus. At available price of about $900, it is indeed value for money.
Wed, 13 Jan 2010 11:02:01 +0000
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