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Panasonic brings seven Micro Four Thirds lenses to HD standard

By dpreview staff on Sep 13, 2011 at 16:42 GMT

Panasonic has reclassified seven of its existing Micro Four Thirds lenses as 'HD' lenses, four of them following a firmware update. Firmware v1.1 aims to improve the image stabilization performance and reduce the focusing noise during video capture. An apparent reassessment of its 'HD' standard sees these four, plus three other existing lenses, reclassified. The firmware can be downloaded immediately from the Panasonic website.

Press Release:

Panasonic expands HD lens line-up with firmware update for LUMIX G series interchangeable lenses

SECAUCUS, NJ (September 13, 2011) – Today, Panasonic announces the availability of a new firmware that enables seven of its LUMIX G Series interchangeable lenses to be HD lenses, meaning they can shoot exceptional HD video.  Specifically these HD lenses excel in tracking focus in video recording while offering silent auto focus and exposure control. In addition, there is enhanced stability of O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) in video recording.

Panasonic’s LUMIX G Series of lenses are compatible with the company’s line of Compact System Cameras, including the 2011 line-up of the LUMIX GF3, LUMIX GF2, LUMIX GH2 and LUMIX G3.  The new 1.1 firmware, available at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/, enhances the following seven LUMIX G Series lenses:

(1) LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH. (H-H014)
(2) LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014042)
(3) LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm / F3.5 (H-F008)
(4) LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300)
(5) LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm / F4.0 ASPH. (H-F007014)
(6) LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014045)
(7) LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS045200)

The lens (1)-(4) offers more comfortable HD video recording by improving the video recording performance with the firmware update.

Firmware Update Program Version 1.1
-Enhanced stability of O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabiliser) in video recording.
-Reduced sound of auto focusing in video recording

The firmware programs is available at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/

Comments

Total comments: 43
Rohhaut
By Rohhaut (Sep 18, 2011)

Again no update for the G2? Either the G2 is the best Panasonic camera ever, or Panasonic just doesn't care... Or was the the G2 just a trial?

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suomynona
By suomynona (Sep 17, 2011)

Seven lenses?

http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index.html
http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index2.html

I see four lenses that are upgradable.

8mm fisheye, 100-300mm telephoto, 14mm pancake and 14-42.

On the two links above, the other three lenses do not show that they have new firmware to update.

Am I missing something?

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Havanai
By Havanai (Sep 17, 2011)

What about the 20mm pancake lens?

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Lupti
By Lupti (Sep 14, 2011)

Ok, nice, but this firmware still doesn´t make the lenses zoom smother. Zooming with 14-42mm is choppy because it doesn´t zoom smoth. The only lens with real smooth zooming for filming is the 14-140mm. So don´t expect too much, the only thing they can improve is the AF for filming.
Hope the 14-42mm PZ lens will zoom smoth.

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453C
By 453C (Sep 14, 2011)

Why would a firmware update change the purely mechanical zoom operation of a lens? If that's bothering you, I suggest buying or making a zoom lever.

The power zoom X lenses sure better zoom smoothly!

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MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Sep 15, 2011)

who uses zoom for filming? really? lol

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Prime_Lens
By Prime_Lens (Sep 15, 2011)

MaikeruN,
Those who are non-professionals.
Which happens to be staggering majority.

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Roberto Mettifogo
By Roberto Mettifogo (Sep 15, 2011)

lot's of hollywood movies with the use of zoom.

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N13L5
By N13L5 (Sep 20, 2011)

Hollywood doesn't use zoom, they use a Dolley on rails or cranes to just move the whole camera in or out

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N13L5
By N13L5 (Sep 20, 2011)

@ Prime_Lens

non-professionals is the term for people who have no money for a crew and and a few million $ worth of machinery :)

And of course for those fools who have all that, but fail to bring it along for vacations, birthdays, visits to the park etc...

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Andrew Higgins
By Andrew Higgins (Sep 14, 2011)

I'm only seeing 4 lenses listed for updates on the Panasonic website now...

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Andrew Higgins
By Andrew Higgins (Sep 14, 2011)

Ah, hold on, I get it.. Seems my 'old' 14-45mm lens has always been HD!

1 upvote
N13L5
By N13L5 (Sep 20, 2011)

yes, just like laptop screens at 1366x768 pixels became HD one day...

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mark power
By mark power (Sep 14, 2011)

Far as I can see this firmware is not supported on the GH2 - anyone loaded the firmware with a GH2 body and one of the mentioned lenses?

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Klarno
By Klarno (Sep 14, 2011)

Yes, it works fine.

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Whinhill
By Whinhill (Sep 14, 2011)

Looks like that's a Mac Issue, it would't work from my mac system, but when downloaded and extracted on an old PC it uploaded fine

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bradbunnin
By bradbunnin (Sep 22, 2011)

It worked flawlessly with my GH2 body and my iMac.

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Phoque
By Phoque (Sep 14, 2011)

It's a kind of magic.

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dasilvamedia
By dasilvamedia (Sep 14, 2011)

there can be only one?

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Jogger
By Jogger (Sep 13, 2011)

lol.. if a dinky 14-42/3.5-5.6 is an HD lens, what about Carl Zeiss CP.2s.. what a bunch of marketing garbage

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Klarno
By Klarno (Sep 13, 2011)

The HD designation just means the lens made by Panasonic offers silent autofocus and silent, stepless aperture, making the lens more suitable for video recording.
Carl Zeiss CP.2s aren't designated to be anything by Panasonic (it's really not their place to, as Panasonic is not Carl Zeiss), but they're listed under the Micro Four Thirds CINE system.

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panman55
By panman55 (Sep 13, 2011)

so if by some lucky chance you MAY have hacked your GH1 into a super-duper GH13 which records video properly, the following sentence on Panny's site may just cause a slight problem:
"In advance to any lens firmware update, please make sure that your camera body firmware is latest"... could this be a smart ruse to relock all those wild GH13s back into their latest firmware, which will re-cripple the cameras?
hmm, just a thought....

1 upvote
straylightrun
By straylightrun (Sep 14, 2011)

If true, that's very sneaky.

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Hesed
By Hesed (Sep 13, 2011)

hmmm, after the update on my 14mm (body is GF3)
touch outfocusing control with slider does not work properly. (iA / iA+ mode)
when i press the record button, the aperture always goes back to wide open(f/2.5) no matter where i place the slider.

does anyone has the same problem?

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Klarno
By Klarno (Sep 13, 2011)

I can confirm that this update has made the aperture adjustment of my 14-42 silent and stepless when in Auto or any priority mode that allows the aperture to vary.

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RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Sep 13, 2011)

"HD" lenses. What a marketing joke. 1080p video is just 2 MP - wow that is really high definition! LOL.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2011)

If you had read the copy it mentions that the firmware is for smooth and silent AF tracking and image stabilization in video. They didn't mention anything about optics or image quality.

8 upvotes
L Bradford
By L Bradford (Sep 13, 2011)

new firmware that enables seven of its LUMIX G Series interchangeable lenses to be HD lenses, meaning they can shoot exceptional HD video.
======================
That is Panny's story, so I think you need to understand what they are saying . I agree with the O/P

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Vadimka
By Vadimka (Sep 14, 2011)

RedFox,
"HD" is really stands for video. It has nothing to do with Resolution.
All Panasonic is saying that those lenses are HD video grade so they will work better when taking video. (silent movement, etc)

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trailer
By trailer (Sep 13, 2011)

Is it possible to update the lens if you don't have a Lumix body? I have an EPL-2 and the Lumix 100-300.

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453C
By 453C (Sep 13, 2011)

Yes. Attach the lens to your E-PL2 and use the Olympus Updater. It will show if an update is available for the camera or body. Make sure you have a fully charged battery in the camera, and don't touch anything until the Updater gives you a big OK window.

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453C
By 453C (Sep 13, 2011)

I just used Olympus Updater on my E-PL1 + 100-300. Took about two minutes to complete, just like the Updater predicted.

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trailer
By trailer (Sep 13, 2011)

Many thanks for the replies. Much appreciated.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2011)

But will the Olympus body be able to take advantage of the AF and IS features for video?

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Sep 13, 2011)

All this firmware update means is that the HD logo really didn't mean much all along. The 14mm and the other lenses were already silent for video and their IS systems worked well.

The HD logo was nothing more than a marketing scheme. What would really make for an "HD" lens would be a nice fast 50mm prime with Image Stabilization or a fast zoom lens with a constant aperture and IS.

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (Sep 14, 2011)

>The HD logo was nothing more than a marketing scheme

Well DUH. Thank you Captain Obvious for coming to that conclusion for us...

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MatsudaMan
By MatsudaMan (Sep 13, 2011)

If I'm not mistaken, the firmware update only covers the 14-42, 100-300, 14, and 8mm. Does not include 14-45, 45-200, and 7-14. Care to clarify this?

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Knallberto
By Knallberto (Sep 13, 2011)

Right. Only FOUR lenses are updated.

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Yiotis
By Yiotis (Sep 13, 2011)

Wrong. 7 Lenses

(1) LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH. (H-H014)
(2) LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014042)
(3) LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm / F3.5 (H-F008)
(4) LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300)
(5) LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm / F4.0 ASPH. (H-F007014)
(6) LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014045)
(7) LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS045200)

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iirrbloss
By iirrbloss (Sep 13, 2011)

No, wrong. The Panasonic website says 45-200 was updated 2009/11/25. Only four lenses on the pages are updated today, those in bold: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index2.html

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Sep 13, 2011)

The lenses that were not updated today didn't need an update. They already had it. Again this is all just marketing hype.

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Sep 14, 2011)

so i really don't need to update my panny 14mm f/2.5?

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mark1000
By mark1000 (Sep 14, 2011)

This needs clarification IMO, there are only 4 firmware updates for the 13-9-11, what are panny saying, that the other lenses were HD lenses on the last firmware update, if so they didn't mention it when i updated my 45-200 last time.

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