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Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50 mm f/2.8-3.5 Asph. Mega O.I.S.

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Manufacturer Leica
Model D Vario-Elmarit 14-50 mm f/2.8-3.5 Asph. Mega O.I.S.
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 14 - 50 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8 - 3.5
Angle of view 75 - 24 o
Closest focusing distance 0.29 m
Maximum magnification 1:0.32
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 16 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 72 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Four Thirds
Dimensions 72 x 102.8 mm
Weight 490 g
Additional information - For Four Thirds format, - Optical image stabilization included (Mega O.I.S.)
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  1. Ansel47
    Ansel47 21 March 2011, 21:47
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    IP 24.21.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 800+
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Cheap plastic construction, poor reliability, flakey electronics. Slow an noisy focus, (noisy even in manual mode) Auto focus not so useful in movie modes. Expensive.

    Pros: Fast 2.8 wide angle. Pretty sharp, Very good contrast and rich colors, little distortion. F-stop ring on lens is nice and works with Panasonic GH2 through the adaptor. Can replace two primes and a zoom for about the same cost.

    Summary: Perhaps one of the more useful zooms for 4/3" cameras. Good walk around zoom that can actually serve as a fast wide angle, landscape and portrait lens, and is as sharp as many primes that don't offer auto focus. It can be used on 4/3" and M 4/3" cameras such as the Olympus and Panasonic 4/3" and Micro 4/3" cameras and Panasonic GH cameras and makes a nice movie and still lens. First copy started to act up on a Panasonic GH2 and only occasionally works on the GH1 with the Panasonic (adaptor required) and an Olympus E3, right out of the box. I am waiting for the replacement copy but I see a few complaints for failures and stories of repairs being difficult and expensive. Handy lens that can fill the gap for a fast, wide-angle 4/3" zoom. It's pretty sharp, but it seems not very robust, but if you get a solid copy and treat it gently I suspect it would provide good service.

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