Panasonic Lumix Leica 50-200mm Official Release Date

Posted Feb. 26th, 2018 by Daniel J. Cox

Well that didn’t take long. Panasonic has been doing a really great job of keeping special announcements, products, etc. under wraps. We’ve known for quite some time that they were considering a Leica 50-200mm lens. But until today we had no idea when, or if, it was actually going to be released. Expected release date is May 24th, 2018.

Panasonic’s long-awaited Leica 50-100mm F/2.8-4.0 zoom lens.

Today Lumix announced the pre-order opportunity for the new Leica 50-200mm F/2.8-4.0 lens. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. As much as I love the 100-400mm, it’s sometimes just too much reach. This is going to fill a huge gap, and if it’s as good as I’ve seen with the 100-400mm and the new 200mm F/2.8, this will be a huge success for Lumix. Stay tuned. Hope to get one of these beauties sooner rather than later.

Marshal Lewis, owner of Bozeman Camera, with Panasonic Lumix engineers and Lumix camera developers in Bozeman, Montana.

Check with my friends at Bozeman Camera to pre-order the new 50-200mm Leica. They often have lenses after the big boys have sold out. They currently have the new Leica 200mm F/2.8 in stock.

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  1. Dave GlatzOn Mar. 11th, 2018

    Hey Dan she’s concentrating on video, so no issues with noise (shooting 60 frames per second with a shutter speed of only 1/125). I have DXO and have used it on really high ISO (over 8000) images. It’s pretty easy to use and does a good job of retaining detail and eliminating noise.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 11th, 2018

      Good to know. Just wanted to put the DXO PhotoLab info out there for folks who are using the smaller cameras for stills. I’ve been testing a few other programs and I just can’t believe how superior DXO PHotoLab is. Hard to believe.

  2. Dave GlatzOn Mar. 11th, 2018

    Agree, Dan. This is a way better choice than the 80-400mm Nikon. I sold mine! Shiela is using that 100-400, 35-100 f/2.8 and the 200mm f/2.8 (with 1.4 TC) Panny lenses. Very wide selection of native lenses for the Lumix line. She’s happy so I’m happy!!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 11th, 2018

      Hi Dave, Great to hear from you. Always appreciate your input. Have you tried using DXO PhotoLab with your Lumix files, or maybe I should say Shiela’s Lumix files, when you have to shoot in nominal lighting? Noise issues are issues with the smaller sensors but DXO PhotoLab does an AMAZING job bringing it not nearly equal on the larger full frame cameras.

  3. Dave GlatzOn Mar. 9th, 2018

    Interesting question I also had. I saw this on a DP Review (sorry Dan!) forum so can’t vouch for accuracy.

    Astrotripper wrote:

    The guys from Lenstip published first shots from 50-200 on their Polish language website. Image quality is excellent, so at least on that front you get what you pay for.

    Interestingly they did a series of shots when zooming in, so we get a better idea how the aperture changes with focal length:

    50mm – f/2.8

    70mm – f/3.3

    80mm – f/3.4

    100mm – f/3.6

    150mm – f/3.9

    190mm – f/4

    So it looks like 2/3 of the aperture drop happens in the 50-100mm range, with the remaining 1/3 dropping in the 100-150mm range. So not as good news as some hoped for, but not as bad as some tried to insinuate.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 9th, 2018

      Great additional info Dave. Even with this change through the zoom range we’re still a stop better than what I used to have with mi Nikkor 80-400mm.

  4. DanielOn Mar. 8th, 2018

    I’m interested to see the aperture chart and how quickly it falls off from f2.8 to f4.0. Hopefully it stays at f2.8 for a lot of its range, but I doubt it.

  5. Markus BolligerOn Mar. 8th, 2018

    I just pre-ordered mine – it will be the very welcomed complement of the “Holy Vario-Elmarit Trinity” 8-18, 12-60 and 50-200, and become very important in my nature- and landscape-photography.

    I am very thankful to Panasonic for this practical set!

  6. SantanuOn Feb. 27th, 2018

    That’s really nice and good to see such powerful lense.

  7. Tim McCulloughOn Feb. 26th, 2018

    Hi Dan,
    Another beautiful lens from the Lumix-Leica team, please keep us posted once you’ve put one through the paces. Kooksie and I are loving our Lumix glass.
    Tim & Kooksie

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