Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH. Review
Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH. is a macro lens for the Micro Four Thirds system, but it doesn’t get really sharp until you narrow its aperture.
(3.5 out of 5)
- Optical stabilization
- Focus limiter function
- 1:1 magnification
- No distortion
- Soft at wider apertures
The Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH. ($899.99 direct)
The Macro-Elmarit is a squat lens. It’s 2.5 by 2.5 inches (HD) in size, weighs 7.9 ounces, and supports 46mm filters. There’s a bayonet hood included, but it’s not reversible. It only adds an inch or so to the height of the lens, so leaving it on won’t eat up too much storage space in your gear bag. There are two control switches on the lens barrel—one toggles image stabilization, the other sets the autofocus limit. When the focus limiter is enabled, the lens will only attempt to lock focus on objects that are more than half a meter away from the sensor plane.
I used Imatest to check sharpness and distortion when paired with the
Narrowing the aperture to f/4 rectifies the issue. Here the lens manages 2,078 lines, with edges that are just shy of 1,800 lines. You’ll get the sharpest results at f/5.6; the lens manages 2,153 lines, and edges are just shy of 2,000 lines. The Olympus 60mm is a noticeably sharper macro lens. It too has some issues at the edges at f/2.8; it’s sharper in the center than the Macro-Elmarit, but soft edges bring its overall score down to 1,690 lines. At f/4 it improves to 2,123 lines, and it hits 2,300 lines at f/8.
We were disappointed with the sharpness that 45mm delivers at f/2.8, especially when you consider its asking price. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro is a little bit sharper and a lot less expensive, and is a better macro option for Micro Four Thirds shooters who own a body with a stabilized sensor. But, aside from the new
By Jim Fisher, PCMag
- Type: Lens