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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60 mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S.

Manufacturer Panasonic
Model Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60 mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S.
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 12 - 60 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8 - 4
Angle of view 84 - 20 o
Closest focusing distance 0.2 m
Maximum magnification 0.3x
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type AF / MF
Lens Construction 14 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 62 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Micro Four Thirds
Dimensions 68.4 x 86 mm
Weight 320 g
Additional information Announced: 4.01.2017
4 aspherical elements, 2 ED elements
Average rating (6 owners reviews)
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4.17 Good
Owners reviews (6)
  1. Julian P
    Julian P 18 April 2021, 02:09
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    IP 152.97.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: $795
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None. My only regret is that the image stabilization does not link with my Olympus EM1 III. What a great combination it would be if it did.

    Pros: Excellent image quality. First rate build quality. Nice size and weight.

    Summary: This lens has been my constant companion for over three years. I\'ve used it on both Olympus and Panasonic cameras with excellent results. Sharp as a tack and wonderful colors. This lens is a keeper.

  2. Hotte
    Hotte 18 September 2020, 19:32
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    IP 80.130.x.x
    Owner since:
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Heavy decentring issues

    Pros: Could be a decent lens if quality control was better

    Summary: I had 4 (four!) samples from 4 different retailers. All showed obvoius decentering. Three were soft in the lower third of the frame from around 18 mm, the last one was soft on the right side at all focal lengths. There was no satisfying result up until f8.0. I gave it up and went for Olympus 12-40 f/2.8 which is a fine lens. As far as I could compare the sharper parts of the Leica with the Oly my impression was that the Oly is sharper in some situations and on the same level in others.

  3. DanL
    DanL 2 December 2019, 22:47
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    IP 96.255.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: used $785
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: ? that it doesn\'t have \"brothers\" of same qualities (i.p., compact, non-changing size)!

    Pros: Good in-lens stabilization. Small size, UNchanging w/zoom (that\'s all internal movement). (a review above cites a Con of \"aperture drop when zooming\" ?! But this lens has a fixed max. aperture (2.8) no matter the zoom!?)

    Summary: Great lens!

  4. Hans Peter
    Hans Peter 18 January 2019, 09:56
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    IP 46.255.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 900 sFr
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: I am disappointed by the build quality of this expensive lens. My camera fell from aproximatly 50 cm and the metall bajonett ring broke away. It is fixed with three screws into three plastic threads. These threads broke and the lens was destroyed and couldn\'t be repaired anymore

    Pros: good optical quality, good focal length range

    Summary: Could be an excellent standart zoom lens for my camera. But I won\'t buy it again because of this cheap construction

  5. Ruben S
    Ruben S 14 July 2018, 08:28
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    IP 62.194.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: Included i
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None.

    Pros: Very high build quality. Very practical focus length range. Only 300 gram.

    Summary: I use this length for most of my shooting because it is sharp and includes all the focus lengths I need. Only for portraits I prefer the 42.5 mm f/1.7 for the better depth-of-field isolation.

  6. Evan
    Evan 1 October 2017, 13:09
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    IP 36.236.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: $760
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Aperture drop too fast in zooming.

    Pros: AF is super fast and quiet. Excellent sharpness. Very good chromatic aberration correction. Good magnification ratio for a standard zoom lens. Very low focus-breathing. Parfocal. Weather-sealed.

    Summary: It performs very well in both still and video. The best standard zoom lens for MFT system. As a parfocal lens, it\'s really cheap.

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