Covering a focusing distnace from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto, this new LEICA DG Vario-elmarit f2.8-4.0 series achieves exceptionally high descriptiveness for both photo and video recording, and yet its size is kept compact. The lens features a 9-blade diaphragm to give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractive smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. Panasonic's Nano Surface Coating technology minimizes ghosts and flaring. The lens boasts a rugged, dust/splash proof design and is even freeze-proof down to -10° C to withstand professional use under harsh conditions. The high-quality video recording capability is also one of the advantages of this lens series.
The new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. offers a versatile 5x zoom range of 24-120mm. It fully covers a variety of daily shooting situations, from dynamic landscapes to portraits even in low-lit situations, providing a beautiful defocus effect by taking advantage of the F2.8-4.0 high-speed performance.
Comprising 14 elements in 12 groups, the lens system features four aspherical lenses and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses that effectively suppress spherical distortion or chromatic aberration to achieve stunning picture quality. The use of these lenses also enables high mobility.
In addition to the wide aperture, the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates for blurring, making it easy to shoot even in dim lighting. The lens works with the Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer)(*1), 5-axis Dual I.S.(*2), and 5-axis Dual I.S.2(*3) system when mounted on an applicable Panasonic LUMIX DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera.
The linear motor enables the camera to comply with the sensor drive at max. 240 fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF. It also helps to reduce wobbling. Notably, the new lens excels in video recording performance. In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system, the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section helps the camera to smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming. The AF tracking performance in zooming is also improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.
Offered in sharp, metallic black color, the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. stylishly matches the LUMIX G DSLM cameras.