The next lens from Panasonic will be the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH Power OIS

The Swedish website Fotosidan published their review of the new Panasonic G9 camera ($1,698) and they confirmed that the next lens announced from Panasonic will be the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH Power OIS (see screenshot above).

This Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH Power OIS lens has been under development for a while and will be Panasonic's 10th premium lens after the Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 POWER O.I.S. lens ($2,998) was announced earlier this week (see all Panasonic MFT lenses). The lens was first displayed at the 2016 Photokina show:

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  • Luboš

    that would be nice lens for Nikon FF too. 🙂

    • Spy Black

      Well, considering the focal length equivalence, the new Tamron 100-400 f/4.5-6.3 VC is pretty much exactly that.

      • CG462

        And it’s a $800 full frame lens vs what will probably be a $2,000+ m43 lens.

        • Spy Black

          Yeah, M4/3 is spiraling out of control.

    • Azmodan

      Nikon already has the excellent and very good value 200-500 f/5.6 (forget the overpriced and not as good 80-400g). Third party lenses 100-400 f/6.3 are faster and very cheap and offer excellent IQ

  • harvey

    considering the pricing on the 200/2.8, I already figure I won’t be buying the 50-200 yet that was the lens I was looking at.

    • Hubertus Bigend

      For the 50-200, f/4 is what determines the amount of constructive effort that has to go into the lens, so I expect it to become substantially less expensive than the 200mm f/2.8 (which has a telconverter included, too). Remember that the existing 100-400mm already came with a reasonable price tag, although doubts remain about its sharpness (I’ll probably try it out again when I get my E-M1 II, though). Which is what I rather fear for the 50-200, too, than to become too excessively expensive.

      Whether the 50-200 might become interesting for me will mainly depend on the answers to two questions (assuming it won’t be too expensive) – is it as good or better as the Four Thirds Zuiko Digital 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5, and will it work and still offer decent image quality with both the 1,4x and the 2x converters. It’s very probable, though, that I’ll stick to the Zuiko anyway.

  • Spy Black

    For all the talk of Panny bowing out, they sure are working hard…

    • Zos Xavius

      Panny has been in the business for a very long time. I doubt they will exit any time soon. I used to be a fan a long time ago. I hated their colors though. Heck I still kind of want an FZ-1000. A newer LX-100 with a bigger sensor or more res would be great too. To think I almost bought a G2 when they came out. I don’t regret passing on that camera one little bit.

      • Spy Black

        Well there’s no guarantees of course, but there was some talk around the ‘Net about it, but the product road map and released products certainly seem to dispel such rumors.

        M4/3 has jumped the shark to a degree I think. The idea of cameras in sizes and prices of APS-C and even larger gear kinda defeats the whole concept of M4/3. I love my GM5, it completely embodies what M4/3 is suppose to be about.

        • Zos Xavius

          Its the same with all the systems. Even aps-c is going to crank up the lens sizes. The lenses designed 10 years ago were designed for low MP sensors. They just can’t keep up with the densities. That said some of my pentax glass does pretty well on the 24mp K-3, but it is definitely pushing the limits of what the format can do anyways. M4/3 has the hardest challenge of all. Getting 20-30mp out of a half frame isn’t really easy, especially when you are so diffraction limited. You need lenses that are sharpest wide open for the most part to maximize the benefits and we all know what that does to lens sizes. Don’t forget that all m4/3 lenses (and really all new digital lenses for that matter) have to be mostly telecentric by design and that increases the challenge factor too with such small focal lengths. edit: of course, its been a long day, so if I’m talking out of my ass on a few points here feel free to correct me. 😉

  • Harold Kim

    I wish will update the 50mm macro.

  • CG462

    LOL! Yet another “Leica” lens that only a small percentage of Panasonic shooters will be able to afford. Would be nice if they make it so it will work with the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters that currently only work with the $3,000 200mm they just introduced.

  • Zeneize

    Micro four turds is still the suckers’ system par excellence: as dear as 135, with vastly inferior image quality and poorer autofocus than any basic Canon or Nikon, it begs for… A nice and clean bankruptcy.
    Some things they do are nice, but really, those prices are just a big LOL.

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