Newark, NJ—Panasonic introduced two lenses into its Micro Four Thirds lens lineup for mirrorless compact system cameras: the Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 Asph/Power OIS (optical image stabilization) and the Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 Asph/Mega OIS.
Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 Asph/Power OIS. This 85mm-equivalent lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.7 and incorporates optical image stabilization along with full-time autofocus (AF). Its new lens system is comprised of 10 elements in 8 groups and is designed to deliver portraits with a stereoscopic effect as well as close-ups with artistic defocus. It features a focusing distance of 12.2 inches, allowing users to enjoy true-to-life close-up shots such as food photography. A metal mount helps assure durability for active use, and multi-coated lens elements minimize ghosts and flare. The lens’s Power OIS system is said to effectively compensate for unwanted blur caused by vibration—not only small, fast movements but also large, slow ones—even in low light. According to Panasonic, “The Power OIS system, alongside the 240-fps drive AF, delivers stable framing and precise focusing every time.” SRP: $397.99.
Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 Asph/Mega OIS. Engineered for sharp, high-contrast image rendering, this 60mm-equivalent lens offers a wide angle and a high-speed f/2.8 aperture. Utilizing 1x, life-size magnification, deep depth of field and a focusing distance starting at 4.13 inches, the lens is built to produce true-to-life macro shots. Other features include: a metal mount means; multi-coated lens elements to minimize ghosting and flaring; a 240-frames-per-sec drive AF system; and Mega OIS. It’s comprised of nine lenses in nine groups, including an aspherical lens. SRP: $397.99.
Panasonic’s 30mm Macro will be available in April, and the 42.5mm in May. panasonic.com