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Two Micro Four Thirds System Lenses by Panasonic

By dpreview staff on Sep 12, 2008 at 06:06 GMT

Pre-Photokina 2008: To coincide with the announcement of Lumix DMC-G1, Panasonic has also announced two new  Micro Four Thirds System zoom lenses; the LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. and LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. Both lenses offer Image Stabilization and produce an equivalent field of view of 28-90 mm and 90-400 mm respectively.

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A New Standard Zoom Lens of
Micro Four Thirds System Standard
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LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.

Panasonic has unveiled today a new standard zoom interchangeable lens designed specifically for the cameras compatible with Micro Four Thirds System standard. Suitable for a wide range of scenes from portrait to landscape photography, the new LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. lens offers an zoom range of 14-45mm (35mm equivalent: 28-90mm) while featuring its ultra-compact size and light weight. The aspheric lens element also improves optical performance by minimizing distortion, even at the 28mm wide end.

The new LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. lens incorporates Panasonic’s Mega O.I.S. optical image stabilizer, which makes it easy to shoot super clear shots even in low-lit situations by suppressing the blur caused by a hand shake. When the lens is mounted on the newly announced Lumix G Micro System DMC-G1 camera, you can use the contrast AF system, which is implemented in the DMC-G1 to offer a wide variety of convenient functions.

With its minimum focus distance of 30 cm even at full zoom, the new lens provides a maximum photographic magnification of 0.34x (35mm equivalent). Seven aperture blades give the aperture a rounded shape that, when shooting at larger aperture, produces an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas. Featuring a highly reliable metal mount, the new lens system uses multi-coated lens elements that reduce ghosts and flare to an absolute minimum, helping deliver a high optical performance.

A New Telephoto Zoom Lens of
Micro Four Thirds System Standard
:
LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S.

Panasonic has unveiled today a new telephoto zoom interchangeable lens designed specifically for the cameras compatible with Micro Four Thirds System standard. The new LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. lens offers a zoom range of 45-200mm (35mm equivalent: 90-400mm) while achieving minimum aberration at all focal length, high-contrast representation and high color reproduction by implementing 3 ED lens elements.

The new LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. lens incorporates Panasonic’s Mega O.I.S. optical image stabilizer, which makes it easy to shoot super clear shots even in telephoto shooting or in low-lit situations without using a tripod by suppressing the blur caused by a hand shake. When the lens is mounted on the newly announced Lumix G Micro System DMC-G1 camera, you can use the contrast AF system, which is implemented in the DMC-G1 to offer a wide variety of convenient functions.

Seven aperture blades give the aperture a rounded shape that, when shooting at larger aperture, produces an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas. Featuring a highly reliable metal mount, the new lens system uses multi-coated lens elements that reduce ghosts and flare to an absolute minimum, helping deliver a high optical performance.

LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S.
and 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.lens specifications

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO
14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.
LUMIX G VARIO
45-200mm/F4.0-5.6
MEGA O.I.S.
Focal length 14-45mm (28- 90mm equiv) 45- 200mm (90- 400mm equiv)
Maximum Aperture F3.5 - 5.6 F4.0 - 5.6
Angle of View 75°(W)-27°(T)
27°(W)- 6.2°(T)
Lens Construction 12 elements in 9 groups
(1 Aspherical lens)
16 elements in 13groups
Minimum Focus Distance 0.3m at all focal lengths 1.0m at all focal lengths
Maximum Magnification

Approx. 0.17x / 0.34x

Aporox. 0.19x / 0.38x
Filter Diameter

52mm

Overall Length Approx. 100mm
Maximum Diameter

60mm

70mm
Image Stabilization Yes
Weight 195 g 380g
Diaphragm Blades 7 blades
Minimum Aperture

F/22

Standard Accessory Lens Cap, Lens Hood, Lens Rear Cap, Lens Storage Bag
Mount

Micro Four Thirds mount

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