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Two New Micro 4/3 Lenses Announced
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posted on Sep 3, 2009 at 12:37AM

Two New Micro 4/3 Lenses Announced

By Emily Raymond
  • Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
  • 1-inch thick
  • Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro
  • Micro 4/3 mounts
(Credit: Panasonic)

Panasonic announced two new lenses today that complement the ultra-compact Lumix GF1: a house-branded 20mm f/1.7 pancake-type lens and a Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro lens. Both Micro Four Thirds system lenses will be available in early October.


The Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 Asph. Lens is an ultra-compact lens that measures just an inch long and weighs just 100 grams (3.5 oz). This is clearly designed with the Panasonic GF1 in mind, as the new DSLR measures only 1.4 inches thin and is being touted by the company as “the world’s smallest and lightest system camera.”


The 20mm lens will have a 40mm equivalent field of view and will be available by itself or as part of a kit with the GF1. The Lumix G lens has seven elements in five groups and includes two aspherical elements that minimize distortion and chromatic aberration.


The Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 Asph. Mega O.I.S. Lens isn’t quite as trim as the Lumix G 20mm lens with its 2.5 x 2.5-inch measurements, but is still compact enough to fit comfortably on a Micro Four Thirds digital camera. The Leica lens, with its 90mm equivalent, has its advantages for users of the Panasonic GF1: the lens offers “smooth and silent [focusing] for use in both photo and movie recording,” according to the Sept. 2 press release.


The Leica lens is built from 14 elements in 10 groups with one aspherical and one ED element. The macro lens can focus as close as 15 cm, but a switch on the lens barrel can change the minimum focusing distance to 50 cm – perhaps another nod to future GF1 videographers.


Both of the new lenses have seven-blade apertures, sturdy metal mounts, and multiple coatings on the lens elements that minimize ghosting and lens flare.




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