Panasonic LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm f/2.8 POWER O.I.S.
|Among professional photographers, 400mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/2.8 lenses for cameras with a full-frame sensor are both loved and feared. Loved, because of the high image quality, the high brightness (read: the usability in low light and the ability to choose fast shutter speeds, without resorting to high ISO values), not to mention the beautiful background blur. Feared, because of the high weight (a full-frame 300mm f/2.8 already weighs 2.5 kg, the 400mm ......), the hefty dimensions and - last but not least - a high price (5,000 euro for 300mm f/2.8 and the 400mm more than 10,000 euros, both prices excluding any 1.4x converter).
As far as the field of view ("what appears in the picture") is concerned, a 200mm f/2.8 lens on a micro-43 camera comes close to all the benefits (high brightness and image quality), while the disadvantages (weight, dimensions and price) are considerably more favorable. With a suggested retail price of just under 3,000 euros (including 1.4x converter), the Panasonic LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm f/2.8 POWER OIS is still not available to everyone. Nonetheless, a length of less than 15 cm, built-in image stabilization, dust-, splash water- and cold-resistance, accurate and fast AF in low light, and a weight of 1200 grams ensure that you can shoot pictures for a long time under the most extreme conditions, which you wouldn't have thought possible for less than 5,000 euros.