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Panasonic launches two new Micro 4/3 lenses

Panasonic announces two new Micro 4/3 lenses, the LUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 ASPH and the LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45 mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. The new G 20 mm is a very compact and light weight pancake lens that comprises of seven lenses in five groups, and is suitable for wide variety of occasions from daily to deliberately creative shots. The new LEICA 45 mm lens uses an ED lens in its fourteen lenses in ten groups. The built-in Optical Image Stabilizer suppresses the blurring caused by hand-shake...

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All about thne new Panasonic compact LUMIX G lensesLUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 ASPH.

A Compact and Lightweight Pancake with Outstanding Brightness

Panasonic unveiled a new pancake interchangeable lens called the LUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 40 mm) as a new member of the LUMIX G Micro System. The new LUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 ASPH. features a dramatic compactness and light weight despite its F1.7 brightness allowing a beautiful soft focus for photos to be even more impressive.

Comprising of seven lenses in five groups, the new lens system uses two aspherical lenses most effectively to minimize both distortion and chromatic aberrations, achieving super high resolution corner to corner. The versatile 20 mm of focal distance (Equivalent to 40 mm on a 35 mm film camera) is suitable for wide variety of occasions from daily snapshots including sceneries like sunsets and dimly lit indoor shots to the deliberately creative shots taking advantage of its beautiful soft focus. When mounted on the LUMIX G Micro System Cameras, the LUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 ASPH. allows use of the advanced contrast AF system, which includes a Face Recognition function, for more convenient, more enjoyable shooting.

Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. The new LUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 ASPH. lens also features a highly reliable metal mount, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its optical performance.


LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45 mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.

Outstanding Image Quality and High Mobility

Panasonic also unveiled a new macro lens of world renowned Leica name LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45 mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (35 mm camera equivalent: 90 mm) for another member of the LUMIX G Micro System.

Awaited long from enthusiastic photographers worldwide, the new LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45 mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. boasts a superb image quality with minimum distortion, chromatic aberrations as well as ghosts and flares that passes a stringent Leica standard to go beyond their expectations.

The new lens system uses both an aspherical lens and an ED lens in its fourteen lenses in ten groups to realize outstanding compactness, taking advantage of the Micro Four Thirds standard to achieve dramatic downsizing while minimizing distortion and chromatic aberration. Panasonic's Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses the blurring that is commonly caused by hand-shake, making it easy to shoot clear shots for sharply focused macro shot or in dimly lit places without using a tripod.

It incorporates inner focus system of three groups of floating structure, which enables excellent resolution and contrast without changing its overall length from full life-size magnification to infinity. The inclusion of stepping motor makes the focusing action smooth and silent for use in both photo and movie recording. The closest focusing distance can be instantly changed to 15 cm or 50 cm (0.5 ft to 1.64 ft) with the switch on the lens barrel according to the shooting opportunity. The LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45 mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens also excels in portraits, middle-range snapshot, or landscapes in addition to the original full life-size macro shots.

When mounted on the LUMIX G Micro System Camera, the new lens allows use of the advanced contrast AF system, which includes a Face Recognition function, for more convenient, more enjoyable shooting. Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. The new LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45 mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens also features a highly reliable metal mount, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its optical performance.

Additional information: All about thne new Panasonic compact LUMIX G lenses
September 2, 2009
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