Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 Asph MFT Lens

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 Asph MFT Lens


Newark, NJ—A large-aperture, ultrawide, fixed-focal-length lens, the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 is part of the Lumix G series based on the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) standard.

Model H-X09 provides an 18mm-equivalent focal length as well as a short focusing distance of 3.7 inches with a 0.25x magnification ratio (35mm camera equivalent: 0.5x). Moreover, the combination makes it possible to distinguish the subject’s presence against the background. The lens also boasts high descriptive performance and smooth bokeh.

“The Leica DG Summilux 9mm f/1.7 is capable of smooth, silent operation, complementing the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system with the sensor drive at max. 240 fps,” Panasonic announced.

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 Asph Features

For professional as well as serious amateur content creators, the lens is for both photo shooting and video recording. Furthermore, the Leica DG Summilux 9mm f/1.7 comprises 12 lens elements in nine groups. They comprise two aspherical lenses; two ED (extra-low dispersion) lenses; and one UHR (ultrahigh refractive index) lens. Together they effectively suppress axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification.

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm f/1.7

In addition, astigmatism is corrected with the aspherical lenses, to help achieve high resolving performance. The UHR lens also provides uniform quality from the center to edges of the image while also downsizing the lens unit.

Further, with its nonlinear setting, focus is shifted with a variable amount according to the rotation speed of the focus ring, while focus is shifted with a designated amount according to the rotational quantum of the focus ring for the linear setting. Sensitivity (the amount of focus shift per rotational quantum) is also selectable from 90º to 360º by 30º to enable intended focus operation.

The lens is also a solution for video recording. It integrates a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, a problem of all interchangeable lenses intended solely for still image photography. It also has a micro-step aperture control for smooth exposure change.

With its compact size and light weight (4.5 ounces), the lens offers the mobility of the Micro Four Thirds system. In addition, it is dust and splash resistant for use in harsh conditions, including temperatures at 14ºF. It also features a 55mm filter diameter and a 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

Panasonic’s Leica DG Summilux 9mm f/1.7 lens will reach retail in late July. It will have a suggested retail price of $499.99 in late July.