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Panasonic unveils two new Leica zoom lenses

Panasonic unveils two lenses for digital SLR cameras: the Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-50mm / F3.8-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S, a standard zoom lens with a focal length of 28-100mm (35mm equiv.) for the Four Thirds System. The lens is included with the new DMC-L10, but will also be offered separately, to be available around October. Panasonic also unveils the Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S, a telephoto zoom lens offering a zoom range of 28-300mm100mm (35mm equiv.), to be available around November...

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All about Leica lenses at the Panasonic websiteA New Standard Zoom Lens for Digital SLR cameras

LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-50mm / F3.8-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

Panasonic has unveiled today a new interchangeable lens designed specifically for the digital SLR camera, the LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-50mm / F3.8-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S. with the digital SLR camera DMC-L10. It is a large- diameter standard zoom lens featuring a focal length from 14mm to 50mm (35mm equivalent: 28mm 100mm) and compliance with the Four Thirds System.

Positioned below the previously released LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/ F2.8-3.5 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S., the new lens comes in a more compact and light-weighted body while keeping the optical design and meeting Leica`s stringent quality and performance standards. It delivers high resolution and contrast from edge to edge especially at the telephoto end and captures beautiful portrait photos with an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas, produced by the seven-blade diaphragm aperture.

The LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR comprises 15 lens elements in 11 groups, including two aspherical lenses, minimizing distortion and peripheral vignetting at the wide end. Two ED (extra-low dispersion) lenses reduce chromatic aberration to an absolute minimum. It also incorporates Panasonic`s advanced MEGA O.I.S. - an optical image stabilization system controlled by the integrated Venus engine LSI that provides outstanding hand-shake correction. With a minimum focus distance of 29cm and a maximum photographic magnification of 0.42x (35mm equivalent) the new lens makes it possible for the photographer to take outstanding macro shots even without using a tripod.

As the kit lens in the package of the today announced new LUMIX DMC-L10 digital SLR camera, the LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-50mm / F3.8-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S. also supports the contrast AF system, which is newly implemented in the camera.

The new lens is also offered separately and will be available in the market around October 2007.


A New Telephoto Zoom Lens for Digital SLR cameras

LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

Panasonic has unveiled today a new large-diameter telephoto zoom interchangeable lens designed specifically for the digital SLR camera. The new LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/ F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S., lens offers an exceptionally long zoom range of 14-150mm (35mm equivalent: 28-300mm) and complies with the Four Thirds System to assure wide compatibility with other camera models. It will be available in the market from around November 2007.

The new lens provides a considerably longer telephoto range than the previously released LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/ F2.8-3.5 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens, yet is just as compact and lightweight. This impressive downsizing is the result of incorporating four aspherical lenses in the unit. The aspherical lenses also improve optical performance by minimizing distortion, even at the 28mm wide end.

The new LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S. lens incorporates Panasonic's Mega O.I.S. optical image stabilizer, which makes it easy to shoot super-telephoto shots without using a tripod. When the lens is mounted on the newly announced Lumix DMC-L10 digital SLR camera, the Lumix DMC-L1 or the LEICA DIGILUX 3, you can use the aperture ring provided and enjoy easy, intuitive shooting. The lens also supports the contrast AF system, which is newly implemented in the DMC-L10.

This combination of an extended 28-300mm shooting range, Mega O.I.S. optical image stabilizer, and an aperture ring for intuitive control makes the LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S. lens perfect for capturing clear, beautiful, expressive images when shooting a wide variety of subjects and in a host of conditions.

Additional information: All about Leica lenses at the Panasonic website
August 31, 2007
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