Panasonic announced several new lenses for Spring 2017.
The First new lens is the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (35 mm camera equivalent: 24-120 mm; 5x zoom range), a new standard length zoom digital interchangeable lens, is the first lens to be introduced from Panasonic’s LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 series. It fully covers a variety of daily shooting situations, from dynamic landscapes to portraits even in low-lit situations or providing a beautiful defocus effect by taking advantage of the F2.8-4.0 high-speed performance.
In addition to the wide aperture, the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates for blurring, making it easy to shoot - even in dim lighting. The lens works with the Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) , 5-axis Dual I.S. , and 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 system when mounted on an applicable Panasonic LUMIX G camera.
Notably, the new lens excels in video recording performance. In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system, the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section helps the camera to smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimise image shifts during zooming.
The new lens boasts a rugged, dust and splash-proof design and is even freeze-proof down to -10℃, to withstand professional use under harsh conditions. Yet, the lens is very compact, allowing easy carrying for photographers and videographers.
The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 series line-up will expand with additional lenses. An 8-18mm (16-36mm, 35mm camera equivalent) wide zoom lens and 50-200mm (100-400mm, 35mm camera equivalent) telephoto zoom lens are currently under development.
The second announcement concerns the renewal of four LUMIX G lenses for higher performance and image quality
- LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 II ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.
- LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm / F2.8 II / POWER O.I.S.
- LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S.
- LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S.
All of these new lenses comply with the advanced functions of the latest LUMIX G digital cameras, now supporting POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) , 5-axis Dual I.S. , and 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 when mounted on a Panasonic LUMIX G camera.
The LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 II and LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 II now comply with the sensor drive at maximum 240 fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF. The AF tracking performance in zooming has also been improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.
These two lenses now also boast dust and splash-proof durability. A total of nine lenses in the full LUMIX G lens line-up now feature a rugged design to withstand use under tough conditions.
All Four lenses will be available in March 2017.