Panasonic 20mm discontinued : new version coming

Started Jun 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
thinkfat
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Re: It's the same old lens, repackaged, it appears
In reply to DElliott, Jun 27, 2013

DElliott wrote:

forest3 wrote:

m43 rumours saying panny 20mm is being discontinued , and new version on the way , looking forward to getting my hands on one if true

The AF apparently hasn't been improved. Still not an IF lens. Just a repackaging, it appears (although perhaps they've fixed the banding issue). See this site:
http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/systemcamera/gms/lens/g_20_a.html

Excerpts:
• AFC does not work for still image recording.
• The LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. utilizes a lens drive system to realize a compact and bright F1.7 lens. As a result, sound and vibration may occur during focus operation, but this is not a malfunction.
• Operating sounds will be recorded when auto focus is performed during motion image recording. It is recommended to record with Continuous AF set to OFF, if the sound of operation bothers you. Also, it is not possible to set the focus mode to AFC.

And looking at the MTF chart, it appears to be _exactly_ the same optical system. Now I'm disappointed. I had hoped for an IF version with increased AF performance. That was a cheap trick.

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