Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH OIS - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds

Sample Images

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Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2500s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/80s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/125s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/8s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/13s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/200s

Verdict

The Leica DG Macro-Elamrit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH OIS is an impressive lens. The resolution is generally on an very high level straight from the max. aperture setting. The vignetting is a little too pronounced at f/2.8 although fairly low otherwise. Lateral CAs are well controlled and distortions are a non-issue. The quality of the bokeh is generally good with only very marginal color fringing in the focus transition zones.
Typical for micro-four thirds lenses it is a dwarfish representative of the species. The build quality is very good - some may criticize the "lack of substance" but it simply an extremely compact lens and as such very light-weight at just 225g.
The Leica lens uses an AF micro motor for focusing but it emits only a marginal amount of noise. The AF speed is quite good for a contrast AF system. The optical image stabilizer ("Mega OIS") works fine at conventional focus distances but it seems to struggle a little in macro scenes (which is not unusual actually).
The Leica 45mm f/2.8 is undoubtedly an interesting and high quality lens for the micro-four-thirds system albeit an expensive one.

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