Macro Wonder! – Panasonic Lumix 45mm F2.8 Leica DG Macro Elmarit ASPH Mega OIS


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On our test bench, the Lumix 45mm f/2.8 macro produced sharp results. The lens is sharpest between f4 and f8. The lens produced negligible distortion. Corner darkening, though not pronounced, was visible up to f/5.6. Panasonic bodies have integrated software that correct aberrations and hence aberrations were barely visible. To avoid flare, we recommend regular usage of the excellent lens hood. Finally, for close-up shooting, the lens produced pleasing bokeh (background blur). Overall, a very competent performer.

Value For Money
The Panasonic Lumix 45mm f/2.8 LEICA DG Macro Elmarit ASPH MEGA OIS is available in the USA at an equivalent price of Rs.54,000. We were not able to get an Indian price. At the US price, we feel that the lens is a tad expensive. |SP

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FINAL SCORE                                                                             81%

Design and Build Quality                                                  17/20
Key Features                                                                          16/20
Ergonomics                                                                           18/20
Performance
Autofocus                                                                                          4/5
Sharpness                                                                                          4/5
Distortion control                                                                            5/5
Aberrations                                                                                       4/5
Darkeningof corners                                                                        4/5
Extra features                                                                                    3/5
Sub-Total                                                                                23/30
Value for Money                                                                   6/10

PLUS
• Very good optics
• Compact
• 1:1 macro
• Handles well

MINUS
• Lens hood cannot be reversed for storage
• Expensive

VERDICT
Micro Four Thirds users now have a very appealing option in the form of the Lumix 45mm f/2.8 Leica DG Macro. Highly recommended.

H. S. Billimoria