Vario Elmar 14-150 reviews?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Herb, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Herb

    Herb Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 16, 2011
    I see Leica D lens being offered by B&H for only $1500.00. Their listing says for Micro 4/3 and 4/3, so I am assuming it will fit a G3.

    Any reviews on this beast? Seems pretty much in line price wise for Leica's offerings.
  2. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
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    The lens is manufactured by Panasonic in Japan, so judge the price accordingly (it is not handmade in Germany by Leica as their M lenses are).

    It is a 4/3 lens. You will need an adapter to use on your G3 (either the MMF-2 or the DMW-MA1).

    Photozone has a good review of the lens: Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph. OIS - Review / Test Report

    Basically, it's the sharpest 28-300mm eq. zoom available. So far as using it on a micro 4/3 body is concerned, it is a fair bit larger than the Panasonic 14-140 and doesn't focus quite as fast. As with the Panasonic Leica D 25mm f/1.4 for 4/3, it is likely longer in production, so once the current stock is exhausted, you probably won't be able to find it new.