Hereâ€™s a new zoom lens from Panasonic, the Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S., a large-diameter telephoto zoom interchangeable lens designed specifically for the digital SLR camera.
The new Leica lens offers a long zoom range of 14-150mm (35mm equivalent: 28-300mm) and complies with the Four Thirds System, making it suitable to the new DSLRs like the Olympus E-510 and Panasonic DMC-L10.
It features 15 lens elements in 11 groups, including four aspherical lenses and an ED (extra-low dispersion) lens.
The new lens provides a considerably longer telephoto range than the previously released Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm/ F2.8-3.5 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens, yet is just as compact and lightweight. This downsizing is the result of incorporating four aspherical lenses in the unit. Panasonic claims the aspherical lenses also improve optical performance by minimizing distortion, even at the 28mm wide end.
The new lens also incorporates Mega Optical Image Stabiliser (O.I.S.), an optical image stabilizer that Panasonic considers a must-have feature in a lens with such extraordinary telephoto power. Mega O.I.S. helps avoid the blurring that can be caused by shaky hands â€“ a problem thatâ€™s particularly severe when taking telephoto shots.