Why are the lens barrels so large?

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Francis Sawyer
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Why are the lens barrels so large?
Sep 2, 2009

Hi all.

I was looking at the new Panasonic GF1 and it struck me how unnecessarily large the lenses appear to be for their elements. Look at all the space around the glass itself, which is quite small.

Anyone have insight on this?

Thanks.

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