Panasonic 200mm f/2.8 First Impressions: Out in the field with the GH5


posted Monday, November 13, 2017 at 4:28 PM EST

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Panasonic 200mm f/2.8 DG First Impressions


The recently announced Panasonic 200mm f/2.8 is all about ample light-gathering power in a sports and wildlife lens tool, while maintaining the more manageable sizes promised by the Micro Four Thirds system. Although differing slightly in overall amenities, it is similar in many respects to the Olympus 300mm f/4 Pro, a very popular offering from 2016 that won a well-deserved Lens of the Year award from us.

One thing that's particularly intriguing about the 200mm f/2.8 though is that it ships with a 1.4x teleconverter in the box, giving you a 400mm eq. f/2.8 lens and a 560mm eq. f/4 lens right from the start! You can have your brightness and your distance too, if you will. With these attractions and with the storied pedigree of the Panasonic/Leica lens partnership, I grabbed the lens when it landed at our headquarters before anyone else could lay claim to it.

1/640s / f/4 / ISO 640 / 560mm eq. (1.4x teleconverter)

1/1300s / f/3.2 / ISO 200 / 400mm eq.

In this First Impressions write-up, I'll show a variety of examples at 400mm and 560mm eq. range, and also post images with Panasonic's new 2x teleconverter, which extends your capabilities to 800mm eq. f/5.6. Dive in for all the images and details!

Panasonic 200mm f/2.8 DG First Impressions