Las Vegas, NV—Panasonic announced a new telephoto lens for its Lumix G range of Micro Four Thirds system cameras at CES 2016. The lightweight 100–400mm f/4–6.3 Leica DG Vario-Elmar Asph lens (H-RS100400) has built-in Power OIS (optical image stabilization).
Built for high durability, the latest addition to Panasonic’s interchangeable-lens lineup is suited for photographing birds and other wildlife in all types of environments. To capture steady, vibration-free images across its entire zoom range, the lens incorporates Power OIS, which helps keep unwanted shaking under control to ensure pictures look crisp.
The lens is constructed of 20 elements in 13 groups. It incorporates a number of aspherical and extra low dispersion elements to avoid flaring. Designed with a metallic black finish, the new 100–400mm lens provides a 200–800mm equivalent focal length and 0.5x magnification to capture detailed shots from a distance. It also offers close-up macro capability, and a circular aperture produces smooth bokeh.
To complement its practical size and weight, a compact, two-part tripod mount was incorporated to enable faster conversion between landscape and portrait orientation. While turning to the 90º angle, the levers for focus limiting and Power OIS as well as the manual focus switch remain at the photographer’s fingertips, as they do not move when the lens is turned.
The lens also has a gapless construction so unwanted dust or light rain won’t damaging it. And it features an integrated, hideaway hood to help eliminate sun glare from ruining the shot.
Panasonic says its new Leica telephoto zoom lens is “perfectly suited for 4K video recording with its construction assuring the best contrast and colors.” The lens employs Panasonic’s high-speed, precise 240-frames-per-sec AF motor, with a modern design to ensure filming can be conducted silently.
The lens’s 4K capability also enables users to take photos with the Panasonic 4K photo function found on Lumix G cameras. This enables users to extract an 8 megapixel still from 4K video (30 fps) right on the camera’s screen with a fingertip touch.
Other features include: compatibility with dual image stabilization; a zoom ring lock; and weather sealing.
Panasonic’s 100–400mm f/4–6.3 Leica DG Vario-Elmar Asph lens will be available in early April for a suggested retail price of $1,799.99. panasonic.com