PMA 2009: Panasonic has today announced a new image-stabilized Micro Four Thirds superzoom lens to accompany the DMC-GH1 body. Designed specifically for video as well as photo use, the Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm F4.0-5.8 ASPH Mega OIS incorporates a new silent focusing system which allows continuous AF during movie recording and a stepless aperture control. The 28-280mm equivalent focal length range is achieved in a body that is about 10% smaller and lighter than the company's previous equivalent for Four Thirds. Distortion and chromatic aberration are minimised using four aspherical and two Extraordinary Dispersion glass elements, and the aperture uses 7 rounded blades for smoothly blurred backgrounds.

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A New Micro FourThirds Digital Interchangeable Lens
LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.
With Silent Design for HD Movie Recording

March 3, 2009: Panasonic today unveiled a standard interchangeable zoom lens called the LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. as a new member of the LUMIX G Micro System. The new LUMIX G lens incorporates an inner focus direct-drive linear motor for focusing, which enables smooth, silent operation of its fast and accurate contrast AF system, for use in both photo and movie recording. Adopting the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the new lens offers a wide and long zoom range of 14-140mm (35mm camera equivalent: 28-280mm) to suit a large variety of shooting situations, from scenery to portraits or telephoto shots, in a surprisingly compact and lightweight body.

The new lens system uses four aspherical lenses and two ED lenses to achieve dramatic downsizing despite its powerful 10x optical zoom, 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 even at telephoto range or in dimly lit places without using a tripod.

When mounted on the DMC-GH1 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 LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. lens also features a highly reliable metal mount, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimise ghosts and flare to further enhance its optical performance.

LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S lens specifications

Focal length 14-140mm
35mm equivalent focal length

28-280mm

Diagonal Angle of view 75° (W) - 8.8° (T)
Maximum aperture F4.0(W) - F5.8(T)
Minimum aperture F22
Lens Construction

• 17 elements/13 groups
• 2 ED glass elements
• 4 aspherical elements

Number of diaphragm blades

7, Circular aperture diaphragm

Minimum focus 0.50m / 1.64ft
Maximum magnification

Approx. 0.2x / 0.4x

Image stabilization

Yes

Filter thread • 62mm
Supplied accessories*

• Front and rear caps
• Lens Hood
• Lens Case

Weight 460 g (16.23 oz)
Dimensions 70mm diameter x 84mm
(2.76 x 3.31 in)
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds