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Keywords: Panasonic Leica-DG Tele Prime Macro Micro-Four-Thirds O.I.S. Stabilized


Registered: December 2011
Posts: 2
Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH MEGA OIS LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT review by spencerberus
Review Date: 1/20/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $550.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Great image quality, excellent autofocus
Cons: small max aperture, lens hood doesn't reverse for storage

I love shooting close-up - not quite macro (1:1) in most cases, but pretty close (1:4 to 1:2). I am amazed at how well the autofocus works even it these close ranges - it always focuses on something, and very often the right thing, but once you get to know the lens its relatively easy to coax it into focusing on the correct subject (hint: if you want it to focus closer than it is, look for something that will fill the FOV and focus on that, then move back to your actual subject - focus occurs from the relative current position of focus and will be more likely to 'find' what you want it to).

However, there are times when manual focus must be used, or is just preferable, and that works very nicely too - a good, solid feel to the focus ring and sensitive enough to make minute adjustments.

The picture quality is absolutely stunning - I use it as much as I can, for all kinds of images, not just close-up and macro. I'm not exactly sure how to describe it, but the pictures just look better than with other non-Leica Panasonic lens. They are extremely sharp, especially around f4, with rich color.

The biggest limitation I find is the fairly small maximum aperture - if Vivitar could put out a 90mm f2.5 macro lens in the 70s, surely Panasonic & Leica could do a little better than f2.8 on a 90mm-equivalent lens in 2011. I would almost certainly use this lens a LOT more if it went to, say, f2.

One very minor gripe - I'm not sure why the lens bezel is grooved (to reduce reflected light?), but it tends to trap small dirt & dust particles easily. Having dirt here isn't a problem in itself, but its so close to the lens it can easily transfer there, and the grooves make it a little more difficult to clean as well. This should in no way deter anyone from buying or using the lens, just something to be aware of so you can plan accordingly.

Registered: April 2011
Posts: 12
Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH MEGA OIS LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT review by asulea
Review Date: 11/9/2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $685.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Exceptional clear images and very nice blur, high construction standard.
Cons: No.

First and excelent Leica lens for MFT. Good for macro, portreture and lanscapes.

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 1
Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH MEGA OIS LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT review by sheyingshi
Review Date: 4/21/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $895.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: Very high optical quality
Cons: expensive

I needed a micro lens for my Panasonic G1 and didn't want to go the adapter route. This lens is expensive but the quality of the photos taken with it are outstanding. Manual focus works well as the image seems to 'pop' in and out of focus with small movement of the ring so it's very useful. Lens also works well in portraiture. Very good bokeh appearance. Would have no trouble recommending it.


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