|Introduction | Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ | Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. | Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm f/1.4 | Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS | Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8|
With the Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS, we have a Leica optical design, optical image stabilization (OIS), aspherical glass elements, and all in a very compact lens intended for macro-photography that stays true to the design and spirit of micro 4/3 technology.
To provide such impressive specs, Panasonic teamed up with Leica to create a lens with an intricate optical design that features 14 glass elements in 10 groups.
By contrast to the Olympic Zuiko 45mm f/1.8, this lens is specifically designed for use as a macro (making it the first micro 4/3 macro lens).
The description is enough to make one drool — all the more reason to take a good look at the Leica Elmarit 45mm’s DxOMark test results.
Alas, a DxO Mark score of 13 points… isn’t all that great.
The good points of this Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS lens:
The “debatable” points for this lens:
Against a DxO Mark score of 17 for the Olympus, Panasonic loses the battle of the 45mm lenses, even if the use cases are slightly different for the two lenses.
The advantages of the Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS:
The advantages of the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8:
Another interesting comparison: Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm vs ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50mm f/2.0 Macro (full results for the Olympus 50mm will be available shortly).
On the basis of optical quality, a Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS lens is not about to dethrone an Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8. Still, it has some features that may very well merit a second look:
Thus this Leica-branded 45mm has certain advantages over the Olympus 45mm. However, those who are looking for a lens with which to take portraits will prefer the Zuiko.