Zoom Lens 2

PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

PLEASE NOTE - GUSHING / OVER ENTHUSIASM ALERT!!

Congratulations to those, one in particular, who saw through yesterdays cryptic nonsense and recognised the lens I was talking about.

The absolutely incredible (my new best friend!) - Panasonic Lumix Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH/ MEGA O.I.S

"Superzooms" aren't this good. They're not. They can't be. No zoom lens can be like a collection of top quality primes from 14 through to 150mm. (28-300mm in 35mm terms)

Or so I thought.

Just so you get the idea of how much I like this - more pictures!!

PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

As you can see its BIG! However not that heavy - under 500g. Feels fine in the hand. Its a 4/3 lens, designed originally to go with the Panasonic L1 / Leica Digilux3 7.5MP 4/3 camera. It needs a 4/3 > m4/3 adapter, and here its shown fitted with the Olympus one on to an Olympus E-PL1. Its not cheap, but I say once again its "like a collection of top quality primes from 14 through to 150mm."

I didn't think m4/3 could be this good. This lens, on seemingly any m4/3 camera, outperforms anything else I've used on the format & that includes Leica, Zeiss and Voigtlander M-Mount lenses. Images taken on the Samsung NX10, which I really rated, now look like blancmange. I've also compared it to the Leica X1 lens and it looks sharper than that to me!
I will be able to blow these images up to 48MB with no problem.

First thing I did to test it was set it to maximum telephoto and maximum aperture. 150mm at f5.6. Wonderfully sharp and smooth result. This is the weak spot on all "superzooms" I have yet to find a focal length its not super sharp at. Two negatives - slight barrel distortion at 14mm (see example below) and it has serious "zoom creep"

Everything else is great. I know its not very fast, it has the standard aperture settings for a zoom like this, but if it had larger apertures it would be huge! It works for me.

In the end it wasn't hard to buy one. Warehouse Express here in the UK had a copy.

More on this later, but I'm off out to take pictures with it!

PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

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