Panasonic is collaborating with Leica with a 50-200 f/2.8-4.0 lens. The relatively bright telephoto zoom is suitable for micro four thirds cameras and is sealed against dust and moisture. In the United States, the lens will cost $1,700.
The optical design of the 50-200mm zoom consists of twenty-one lens elements in fifteen groups, using two aspherical elements, two Extra-low Dispersion elements and one Ultra Extra-low Dispersion element. These elements should provide high sharpness and high contrast. The diaphragm consists of nine blades.
The dimensions are 76x132mm and the lens weighs 655 grams. Filters with a diameter of 67mm can be mounted on the front. Panasonic provides the lens with its Power OIS image stabilization technology and the minimum focus distance is 0.75 meters.
Panasonic has not yet announced a European suggested retail price, but in the United States the lens for cameras with a micro four thirds mount will cost $1700 according to DPreview. In June, the objective should be there.