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Panasonic launches Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS pancake

By dpreview staff on Aug 26, 2011 at 05:00 GMT
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Panasonic has announced the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS collapsible power-zoom lens. The pancake zoom represents a series of firsts for Panasonic and the Micro Four Thirds system - it incorporates a lever-operated powered zoom and similarly controlled manual focus system. It is also the first lens to gain the company's 'Lumix X' branding that it will use to denotes high-end performance. The power zoom design with quiet focus and zoom motors joins the stepless aperture design to help optimize the lens for HD video shooting. The company will be pairing the lens with its diminutive DMC-GF3 camera body, or selling it separately for around $399. We've been using one of the first pre-production examples of the lens and have prepared a preview that demonstrates its behavior.

Click here to read our hands-on Pansonic LUMIX G X Vario PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS preview

UPDATE - We've asked Panasonic for clarification on compatibility and have been informed "The lenses are compatible and will work with all Micro Four Thirds cameras". We have now included the updated press-release that was issued.

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Press Release:

Panasonic announces the LUMIX GF3X, the company's smallest compact system camera with a new retractable power zoom, LUMIX G X lens

Panasonic’s New Premium LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm Lens Features a Retractable Design to Achieve Ultra-High Mobility and Stunning Photo Quality

SECAUCUS, NJ (August 26, 2011) –Panasonic today announces a newly designed and innovative LUMIX G “X” lens that retracts to help minimize its size, without compromising its focal length or image quality. Panasonic’s new premium LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ POWER O.I.S. (H-PS14042) lens, will be available with the company’s smallest and lightest compact system camera as a lens kit option in the DMC-GF3X model. With electric-powered zoom operation, the retractable Power Zoom H-PS14042 lens is extremely compact, approximately 26.8mm in length, and weighs approximately 3.35oz, offering ultra-high portability.

Panasonic’s new premium LUMIX ”X” Series of lenses, including the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ POWER O.I.S., offers a versatile zoom range of 14-42mm (35mm camera equivalent: 28-84mm) suitable for a wide range of scenes, such as dynamic landscape to portrait. Also announced today is another LUMIX X lens, the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S.  Crystallizing Panasonic's optical technologies, the LUMIX X lenses feature superb image rendering for lifelike textures, crisp edge-to-edge contrast, a unique Nano Surface Coating to help minimize ghosts and flaring in natural settings with remarkable transparency.

“Panasonic continues to innovate in digital photography by offering advanced features in small and compact bodies, thus addressing the consumer’s need for camera equipment to be lightweight and easy to carry,” said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “With the new LUMIX X Series of premium lenses, we do not sacrifice size for quality and Panasonic still offers top-of-the-line image quality for our G Series, but in a smaller design that makes it extremely mobile.”

With the LUMIX GF3X, the camera and lens combination can achieve Light Speed AF of approximately 0.1 second – making it an extremely quick and high-performing digital camera. The LUMIX GF3X with the new 14-42 PZ lens also features POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), to make it easier to shoot clear photos even in low-lit situations. The convenient zoom lever on the lens barrel gives users a stable way to zoom.  Manual focusing is also available with a manual focus lever for even more precise control.

The LUMIX GF3, like all the LUMIX G Series of Compact System Cameras, captures high-quality photo images with real-to-life details through excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. With its stunningly small compact profile, the LUMIX GF3 boasts high-speed, precise Contrast AF system and quick response times. The LUMIX GF3 is also capable of 1920 x 1080 Full High Definition video in the AVCHD format.

The LUMIX GF3X will be available in a black body and black lens or a silver body and silver lens kits options in October 2011 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $749.99. The new LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ POWER O.I.S. (H-PS14042) lens will also be available separately for an SRP of $399.99 and will be compatible the Panasonic LUMIX G Series.  For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix.

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Total comments: 192
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Sethjordan
By Sethjordan (Sep 8, 2011)

Here is the response from Panasonic about firmware update and working with a GF1. " Dear Valued Customer Case Number: 28929728 Thank you for your inquiry, we are happy to advise you that the lens will be compatible with your GF1 and there will be a Firmware update made available so you will most of the lens' functionality. We hope this information is helpful to you. Thank you for contacting Panasonic.

0 upvotes
dougorama
By dougorama (Sep 5, 2011)

I couldn't find reference for it... is there a body in the works that will control zoom FROM THE BODY? Or at least from a LANC cord. That would be great, touching the lens always jiggles the video shot, tripod mounted this tiny lens would jiggle for sure. Every once in a while a slow zoom during panning is great during video. Here are two zooms announced with that potential on an excellent performance, small inexpensive body. Tiny 3 chippers do not do what this camera can. What say you Panasonic?

0 upvotes
vyx
By vyx (Aug 31, 2011)

horrible!

0 upvotes
Phoque
By Phoque (Sep 6, 2011)

magnificent!

3 upvotes
Nerkdergler
By Nerkdergler (Sep 12, 2011)

Outrageous. It will make my 'serious' m4/3 look like a common compact. Oh, the shame.

1 upvote
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Aug 30, 2011)

Sounds very impressive, but following the latest trend of Panasonic to make small lenses but with giant distortions, I suppose this one will not be different.

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Aug 31, 2011)

Distortion is corrected automatically so only a few users of certain 3rd party raw processors will ever see it.

0 upvotes
d3xmeister
By d3xmeister (Sep 8, 2011)

Everybody will and is seeing it. It's called ,,huge image degradation,, on image corners. Of course the sharpness graphs don't show you this.

By the way, what kind of filters this lens takes? Ha ha ha.

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Sep 13, 2011)

Any review that uses the corrected image (eg. DPReview) will see the effect on sharpness graphs, and all these "heavily distorted" lenses still manage to test higher than most equivalent optically corrected lenses.

0 upvotes
Chris Tofalos
By Chris Tofalos (Aug 30, 2011)

How do you fit a lens hood?

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Aug 30, 2011)

Using the filter thread

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Sethjordan
By Sethjordan (Aug 30, 2011)

Totally agree! first is was great to finally receive news that there will be a quality medium zoom and now they wont update the firmware. Hacking?

0 upvotes
A_less
By A_less (Aug 29, 2011)

I am a GF1 user and very interested in the 14-42.
Finally pocktable zoom from Pana which can complement the 20mm. I just thing it is sad that Panasonic do not plan to make firmwares for all cams to have full control of the new lenses.

FEATURES NOT SUPPORTED FOR G1, GF1, GH1, G2 (Source: panasonic.net/avc/lumix/popup/pressrelease/x_lens.html at the bottom).

- Display of the local length
When you zoom, the focal distance is displayed and you can confirm the zoom position.
- Step zoom
When you operate the zoom, the zoom will stop at positions corresponding to predetermined distances.
- Zoom resume
When you switch the power switch [ON], the zoom positions when you last switched [OFF] are automatically restored.
- Selectable zoom speed
Users can select the speed of electric-powered zooming.

I think Panasonic should make firmwares available to all, not only new buyers. We can not change body every year.

If you agree, you can sign the petition:
www.ipetitions.com/petition/gf1gh1_lumixgx/

1 upvote
leightparsons
By leightparsons (Aug 29, 2011)

I'm a GF-1 owner and a firmware update would be no use to me as I have hacked the firmware to improve video performance. In fact it strikes me that a large number of GF-1 owners who will be interested in this lens because of its video capabilities would also have hacked firmware for the same reason.

0 upvotes
jlreycas
By jlreycas (Aug 31, 2011)

Hi! where do I get the firmware hack for the G3?
Thanks!

0 upvotes
ceving13
By ceving13 (Aug 29, 2011)

How about a lens hood?

0 upvotes
Nerkdergler
By Nerkdergler (Aug 29, 2011)

I think this is great. I probably won't buy one, because it's not what I need. But I salute it and think it shows what is great about MILCs - they are embracing the concept of a 'system' camera more fullly than the conservative DSLR manufacturers can/do. You want to stick a big, fast prime on it? Go ahead. You want to put a collapsible compact-camera-style zoom on it? Knock yourself out. It's your camera. Build the system you want.

0 upvotes
RBaladiang
By RBaladiang (Aug 28, 2011)

Definitely the motorized zoom will deplete the camera's battery, nice if there's a manual option.

0 upvotes
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Aug 28, 2011)

i just want the manual control of a zoom.. the AF, IS and stuff I am all for it... but manually zooming the lens gives the photog more control..

I would really like this lens if at least had a manual zoom option..

0 upvotes
CriticalI
By CriticalI (Aug 29, 2011)

Guess what - there is. Buy another lens. They make a "manual zoom" option, its just bigger. Sheesh.

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Mike Ronesia
By Mike Ronesia (Aug 29, 2011)

I've seen photographers on TV that have been moving the zoom very fast as they shoot something but this seems like a specialty to me as most of us aren't going 100 miles an hour when we shoot. I agree that for <1% of the users out there this could be an issue but for most of us it's just a matter of getting used to a different way of doing things.

0 upvotes
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Aug 29, 2011)

straylighjtrun-- no i am not kidding and no i am not an idiot.

0 upvotes
Zds
By Zds (Aug 28, 2011)

Lenses like this for sure mane µTF a *lot* sexier and more useful. I totally approve!

0 upvotes
derfla1949
By derfla1949 (Aug 28, 2011)

Why this hate?
Technically this lens is a breakthrough, and the competitors might be afraid of losing ground, as this lens makes mFT even more attractive for the mass market.

Yet DSLR systems retain their relevance for the professional market.
No photographer is going to base his purchasing decision on a hate posting.

4 upvotes
Color Blotch
By Color Blotch (Aug 28, 2011)

So basically for $750 you get an lx5 with 28-84mm equiv lens and effective aperture of f1.7-2.5, plus blazingly fast zoom, snappy autofocus, as well as the ability to change lenses (and bodies). Where do I sign?

2 upvotes
Nate21
By Nate21 (Aug 28, 2011)

the lens is around $399.99 or so for the price you receive $750 the customer will receive the the above lens and the G3

0 upvotes
Color Blotch
By Color Blotch (Aug 28, 2011)

I know. That's why I say "you get an lx5" and not "you get a lens from lx5".

0 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Aug 28, 2011)

no mate LX5 is good but its deffinately not m43 and obviously not ILC.

I know you trying to say lens range is similar, or maybe that LX5 is wider, so maybe more flexible.

I really dont wanna convince you on this, but you need to slow down.

0 upvotes
EvanZ
By EvanZ (Aug 29, 2011)

You don't get an LX5. An LX5 goes from 24-90, so it's actually more useful on both ends.

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derfla1949
By derfla1949 (Aug 29, 2011)

Do your DD on IQ, and in particular on noise at ISO 400.
LX5 is an interesting compact camera no doubt, but in its own class.
If you prefer images that are just a little bit soft and just a little bit noisy, LX5 is the camera for you. And it is not bad for video either.

0 upvotes
Francisco Antillon
By Francisco Antillon (Sep 1, 2011)

Check you f range... F3.5 vs 2.0... Either way I got the idea; if you are looking for an excuse to buy a new glass and kind of a substitute for your LX5.... well... I think the argument only works as a self-convincing thought.... I’m falling for the same trap though, but sadly I don’t think we will get it reflected on a better photo.

0 upvotes
SteB
By SteB (Aug 28, 2011)

I think this is a real breakthrough and that those critical of it are missing the point. It's difficult to understand criticising a lens like this for an inter-changeable lens system, because it means if you don't like it, you don't have to buy it or put it on your camera. The whole point is, that it's an option. Yes a cheaper version would have greater appeal and I think Panasonic and others should work on that, but there is also a niche for a premium version if it's performance is good. Anything that projects beyond a certain point from a flat camera makes it far harder to pocket/pouch.

1 upvote
d3xmeister
By d3xmeister (Aug 28, 2011)

I hope you all do realize there is no innovation whatsoever. This is just a fisheye lens software corrected. Practically is a P&S lens with a mount.
There are reasons why the ,,big boys,, are sticking with classic lens design. One is uncompromised image quality.

Also, the power zoom is ALWAYS gonna be slower and not that precise compared to mechanical zoom.

Hmmm.... another thing: Do you know the #1 reason why compact cameras aren't very reliable ? You guessed it.......it's lens mechanism failure.

And the last thing........... $400 ?????????????????????

0 upvotes
ijack
By ijack (Aug 28, 2011)

Do you realize nothing you said make sense?

1st, there is nothing fisheye about it.
2nd, it's a big sensor camera.
3rd, the image quality is announced to be better then the previous standard zoom.
4th, there fine if you don't like the zoom, but it has practically for video
5th, based on what fact that you think this would have mechanical failure.

Hater is always gonna hate, even if they've never used the lens.

5 upvotes
Michael Barkowski
By Michael Barkowski (Aug 28, 2011)

In general I think that in this comment you're being way too harsh and pessimistic to the point of this comment being somewhat ridiculous.

However, you may be on to something there about software correction. I would be very interested to see the RAW files on a third-party RAW converter. The 20mm/1.7 shows quite a bit of distortion in that situation. So I wouldn't be surprised if this lens shows more distortion than other kit lenses in the RAW. Not that it can't be corrected, but some people, including myself, have a hard time accepting that.

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Phoque
By Phoque (Aug 28, 2011)

So what about it software correction? The ultimate goal of photography is image reproduction fidelity. Means to get there are irrelevant ( for same performance and fidelity ), unless you are a big romantic who finds it more poetic to get the final image from photons hitting directly the sensors instead of going through some software process, paying twice the price for the lens for the same image quality in the meantime.

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Michael Barkowski
By Michael Barkowski (Aug 29, 2011)

@Phoque: "what about software correction?" Let me make myself clear. When distortion is corrected, the pixels are stretched. I prefer my pixels to be pixels, if I have a choice, all other things being equal. In this case, all other things are not equal; any alternative is going to involve a bigger lens. And so I would applaud this lens even if it does have a lot of distortion (within reason).

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Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Aug 29, 2011)

Michael Barkowski
Unless you are using exotic an Sigma camera with Foveon sensor your pixels are not quite pixels anyway - they are products of CFA interpolation.

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som1
By som1 (Sep 8, 2011)

no worry, flexible sensor in on the way

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John A Clark
By John A Clark (Aug 27, 2011)

Shame it doesn't have an integrated lens cap ...

0 upvotes
Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Aug 28, 2011)

Good protection filter is the best integrated lens cap for this lens, IMO.

0 upvotes
Zoltan Csuka
By Zoltan Csuka (Aug 27, 2011)

It is pretty clear what is going on here. the rear element moves further away from the sensor whenthe lens is turned on so the optics can be more simple, better quality and smaller! From the polarizing comments from big-hand big camera guys you can already see how this will be a trend setting, must have lens for size conscious MFT owners - especially with compact GF cameras. Quality is promised to be better than 14-45 is good news as well. I would like to see this design approach sweep through all their lenses.

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eadrian75
By eadrian75 (Aug 27, 2011)

Panasonic is not sure whether to build products for videographers or photogs. Lenses such as these with motorized zoom and no rotating focus ring are not for "X", pro, enthusiast photographers.

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Zoltan Csuka
By Zoltan Csuka (Aug 27, 2011)

I think you are quite ignorant of the direction this industry is going. For future proof lenses "hybrid" is a must specification. Panasonic will release HYBRID lenses that have traditional "pro" controlls, just go and check specs for the 12-35-200 twins due early 2012. the 14-42 lacks manual rings to achieve a compact size and not because it is a hybrid lens.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Aug 28, 2011)

Not really true for shooting video. Giving up manual focus in video would be like giving up aperture control in stills.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Aug 28, 2011)

^ All autofocus m4/3 lenses are focus by wire (tho the Olympus premium primes have a nifty workaround), this new lens has a manual focus rocker switch which IMHO is easier to use while shooting video than trying to twist a focus ring.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Aug 28, 2011)

^Not really. I see people overshooting the focus zone they want 99% of the time with the rocker. Not a big deal for stills but sucks for video since now you've recorded that mistake.

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DaMatta
By DaMatta (Aug 27, 2011)

Small is better? uhmm maybe for kids with tiny hands, i like to grab strongly my camera with both hands and feel his weight when i shoot clear sharpeness photos, not a toy like this..!
This is great cameras and lenses for uh... family photos and i suspect this lens is not for indor.

1 upvote
shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Aug 28, 2011)

You can just attach a lead weight to the tripod socket. That should get you both size and weight you need.

1 upvote
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Aug 28, 2011)

These cameras and lenses are not aimed at anyone who is happy lugging a 5D and a bunch of huge L lenses around.

2 upvotes
DaMatta
By DaMatta (Aug 27, 2011)

The reasons i should by a compact is because i don't have to change lens between photos and not have to carry with lots of equipment when i go out, in this case I don't see no real advantages and im going to stick with my dslr. If i have to spent such a money on this cameras and lenses instead i will buy a good a slr and some other equipment to it too.

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razorfish
By razorfish (Aug 27, 2011)

This makes Sony's 18-55mm look ridiculously large, but Sony is now well ahead in sensors and bodies. Pana/Oly: Get the pro bodies out now!

3 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Aug 28, 2011)

If pro bodies means .. huge and big sensor dimentions? I really dont see much difference in IQ in SLT and Pany GH series. The difference in resolution is negligible and high noise, Pany getting better, once sony brings transculent buggy mirror in between.

1 upvote
rocklobster
By rocklobster (Aug 27, 2011)

Owners of the 20mm/F1.7 - I know that there will be a lot of you offloading that lens for the new one so...your best offer please!

1 upvote
jgilber0
By jgilber0 (Aug 27, 2011)

What I really want is something similar with a 12mm focal length on the wide end. Then I could sell my LX5 without a regret...

1 upvote
simon65
By simon65 (Aug 27, 2011)

Wow! Panasonic have just over thrown everything we thought we knew about the relationship between sensor size, zoom ratio and lens size. A truly remarkable achievement and a industry game changer if ever there was one. The combination of a large sensor in a small camera body with a pancake zoom lens is going to prove an irresistible combo.

By the time Nikon and Canon finally get round to entering this market Panasonic and Olympus will have cleaned up.

Congrats to Pani, without doubt this is the biggest camera equipment leap forward since, well, since the advent of the micro 4/3 system itself. Excellent stuff.

0 upvotes
ChrisKramer1
By ChrisKramer1 (Aug 27, 2011)

I can't see how this revolutionizes sensor size, zoom ratio and lens size. It is a slow lens with a moderate reach. If it had been 2.8, then yes, it would have been a remarkable achievement. However, all m4/3 zoom lenses are slow to keep the size down. We know from the 4/3 experience that fast zoom lenses are just as big as the DSLR equivalents (e.g. Olympus Zuiko 14 - 58 mm f2.8).

Just for comparison's sake, the Tamron 28 - 75 mm on the other hand offers constant 2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range and is suprisingly compact. It also offers excellent image quality and costs only 330 Euros.

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nickthetasmaniac
By nickthetasmaniac (Aug 27, 2011)

Yes, this is slow and has moderate reach - but compare it to other slow kit-zooms with moderate reach and it is TINY.

"We know from the 4/3 experience that fast zoom lenses are just as big as the DSLR equivalents (e.g. Olympus Zuiko 14 - 58 mm f2.8)."

No they're not... ZD 12-60 is MUCH smaller than the Canon 24-105L, which is slower and covers less range...

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Aug 27, 2011)

i have to agree with the the poster above me the Olympus 14-54 f2.8-3.5 was smaller than nikon and canon offering and fast focusing in bright light

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Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Aug 29, 2011)

nickthetasmaniac:
No, 12-60 was not much smaller, just smaller. According to plain specification 12mm shorter and filter thread was 5mm tighter.
And Canon 24-105L has optical stabilization that 12-60 does not have - not a big deal but nevertheless it probably takes some space.

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som1
By som1 (Sep 8, 2011)

u left out f2.8-4.0 vs f4.0

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 27, 2011)

$400 price tag seems steep for such a slow lens the more I think about it. And yeah, it's small. But it's only 16mm (0.6") thinner than the original Olympus 14-42mm when closed. Those are like $150. You also get a real focus and zoom ring on that lens. So it's a pretty good premium in dollars and usability just for being the smallest

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dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (Aug 27, 2011)

0.6" is not a lot? That's half the thickness of the GF3 body.

I agree with you about the price being a little over the top. Hopefully the market price will be marked down from this MSRP.

3 upvotes
rocklobster
By rocklobster (Aug 27, 2011)

0.6" is a lot when you want to put in your pocket - not a small pocket mind you but you know what I am trying to say here and if you don't then you, and many others in this forum, dont seem to understand the value of the m4/3 format.

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Phoque
By Phoque (Aug 27, 2011)

If you find the new Olympus 14-42mm lens expensive, I agree with you. Otherwise, given the compactness and (I would believe) superior optical quality of this lens, I hardly see how it could have been made cheaper.

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DaMatta
By DaMatta (Aug 27, 2011)

Small is better, uhmm maybe for kids with tiny hands, i like to grab strongly my camera with both hands and feel his weight when i shoot clear sharpeness photos, not a toy like this..!

1 upvote
dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (Aug 27, 2011)

Those of us who have no need for small cameras don't need to trash this lens. There are plenty of big lenses for you out there, hundreds of them.

But for those who need the compact size, there aren't many alternative zoom lenses at this size out there, at least not those that work on a larger sensor size.

I have a DSLR system (my camera backpack is over 10lbs), but I only use it for serious work. When I go out to the park with one baby on my back and one kid holding my hand, and one milk bottle in the pant's pocket, small size makes all the difference. My usual compromise was to bring along a compact camera with tiny sensor. The LUMIX GF3X is about to change that.

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Aug 27, 2011)

u wish it was manual zoom..my motorized?

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Aug 27, 2011)

I wish it was manual zoom.. why did they make it motorized? -- corrected post :-)

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Aug 27, 2011)

Have you tried zooming in while filming? on manual zoom!

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Aug 27, 2011)

http://vimeo.com/28155955

The above video and description will explain what its about

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DaMatta
By DaMatta (Aug 27, 2011)

If you where a photografe you will understand the lack of the manual zoom

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Aug 27, 2011)

If you want a manual zoom then you can get the larger manual zoom lenses, if you want a compact zoom lens or want a lens for video then this is perfect

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Aug 28, 2011)

i just want the manual control of a zoom.. the AF, IS and stuff I am all for it... but manually zooming the lens gives the photog more control..

I would really like this lens if at least had a manual zoom option..

0 upvotes
som1
By som1 (Sep 8, 2011)

it is manual zoom dude. it won't zoom if u don't trigger. or do u mean mechenical ring zoom

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Photato
By Photato (Aug 27, 2011)

Wonder though how much of an optical compromise this compactness entails?
Is it optically inferior to a good compact camera with non-removable lens?

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Phoque
By Phoque (Aug 27, 2011)

I would personally believe even the cheapest interchangeable lens has better optical quality than any compact digital camera's builtin lens. There is also the fact that a bigger sensor will capture more details for the same lens quality. So compact cameras are no match for ILC ( not considering Pentax Q ).

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dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (Aug 27, 2011)

This lens is game changer! Mirrorless suddenly makes sense. The promise of compact size with large sensor is now accomplished.

Sure it isn't the sharpest, longest, brightest, nor fastest, and many people will criticize the lack of manual zoom, etc. However it is the first to take a standard zoom lens into the prime pancake territory, size wise, a feat I never thought would be possible. I have no doubt many other manufacturers will start to copy from its concept.

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Sosua
By Sosua (Aug 27, 2011)

Well, regarding Panasonics new designation it is supposed to be the sharpest - more so than the highly regarded old 14-45...

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Phoque
By Phoque (Aug 26, 2011)

I already regret not being able to change my E-P3 14-42 order for E-P3 body only + this lens...

Given that Panasonic has better 14mm pancake and now probably ( yet to be seen in reviews ) better 14-42mm lens too, I guess they won't hurry the sales of E-P3 body only.

Olympus should have a bundle with their new 12mm prime...

<sigh>

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techmine
By techmine (Aug 26, 2011)

Ouch... new lens announcement and I am getting my new old pancake 20mm f1.7 lumix today. But I can't justify $800 for this lens. So no returns!!

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Aug 26, 2011)

The lens will be around $399. For $749 you also get a GF3.

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futile32
By futile32 (Aug 26, 2011)

attractive price

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derfla1949
By derfla1949 (Aug 28, 2011)

Please mind
- 20mm pancake is significantly faster
- 20mm has unrivalled IQ even when fully open
So it may lose some significance, but sure it will not become obsolete

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Prime_Lens
By Prime_Lens (Aug 26, 2011)

I am all over this news!
But I can not decide which one I should get..
These vs.. a rumored 12-35mm & 35-100mm that is constant large aperture.
Suppose to be larger aperture than 2.8, and I am thinking/hoping 2.0.

http://www.43rumors.com/ft5-hot-panasonic-x-12-35-and-35-100mm-fast-zooms/

Oh yeah! Forgot to add the videos of 14-42 in action!

http://vimeo.com/28155955
http://vimeo.com/28001337

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W Sanders
By W Sanders (Aug 26, 2011)

Good grief - and I thought the existing 14-140 Lumix zoom was expensive!

I'm pretty happy with the kits. I've had a GF1/20mm for a while, but I needed a short tele, so I just picked up a GF2/14-42 for $380 at the Lumix Facebook fan store.

I just don't like to change lenses in the field ....

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Aug 26, 2011)

I'm not one to complaint about lens prices when it's good glass, but damn i hope these prices were meant to be Yen, or Pounds at least ;)

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Prime_Lens
By Prime_Lens (Aug 26, 2011)

We do not know what the price tag will be.
Those price tag is showing current price of Olympus 14-35 & 35-100 for FourThrid Mount.

It is my guess that it will be much cheaper than that, but I am sure it will be at least $1000.

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Aug 27, 2011)

Oh .. I been waiting since initial GH1 for these rumored lenses
thank you very much for sharing the info :p

What is the expacted price tag on these?

I will wait and buy both of them with GH3 when available.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Aug 26, 2011)

This lens + G3 = E-P3 killer

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onlooker
By onlooker (Aug 26, 2011)

Yes, but the announcement seems to indicate G3 won't get this lens. Buying it separately at this MSRP would be crazy.

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Antonio Rojilla
By Antonio Rojilla (Aug 26, 2011)

This lens + GF2* = RIP LX5

* Yes, the GF3 is even smaller but it lacks a rear command dial, a hot-shoe and an EVF port, things the LX5 has, so I think is the better match. And size wise they are very similar. See here:

http://www.photographyblog.com/news/panasonic_lumix_dmc-gf2_comparison

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TrapperJohn
By TrapperJohn (Aug 26, 2011)

This lens on an EP3 = wonderful.

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ipribadi
By ipribadi (Aug 26, 2011)

I still see that the LX will live on:
1. Price is still $300 over the LX
2. Aperature is too small/high that it'll negate any high ISO advantage or shallow DOF of the m4/3
3. The LX6 will raise the bar

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Aug 27, 2011)

am not interested in flash hot-shoe or EVF port on GF3. I love LX3/5 but GF3 still make more sense to me. Forget about the ISO and DOF, GF? still is better deal, more than any limited advantages you mentioned on LX?

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Aug 26, 2011)

Amazing lens

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draschan
By draschan (Aug 26, 2011)

I was thinking about an NEX7. with the small lenses for micro 4/3ds I am very tempted....G3, GF3, all VERY portable machines with small good and sometimes fast lenses. will wait what GH3 will bring and then decide....

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Aug 28, 2011)

Hi mate, totally agree .. am also waiting for GH3 too and the rumored 12-35 f2 and 35-100 f2 x lenses.

Sony's huge lenses at this moment doesn't make any sense to me. NEX7 however got much better.

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Sumicron69
By Sumicron69 (Aug 26, 2011)

Great another awesome product I won't be able to buy! I can sit alone in a corner and pretend to mount m invisible lens on the G3 I can't buy.

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Lukino
By Lukino (Aug 29, 2011)

we're on the same boat my dear friend. I only tax office hands off those 2k€ it owns me since 2009...

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Sumicron69
By Sumicron69 (Aug 26, 2011)

Hey maybe now I won't be able to buy this great new lens to mount on the G3 I can't buy! I guess I'll at least save money.

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happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (Aug 26, 2011)

Well, whether you like it or not, you gotta love the effort and engineering for this one. At least someone is trying to see what they can do with lens design ...as Nikon and Canon lenses get bigger and bigger.

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Patman888
By Patman888 (Aug 26, 2011)

That is the thing. People have no problem with the Canon and Nikon lens size. They will take the billion elements and huge USM motors and weather proofing over small size any day of the week. I have no problem with that. Not even on smaller cameras like the NEX.

In fact, I only have the 14-140 and the 100-300(which is huge) but they handle fine and the size of my system is fine.

Going small for the sake of small is totally pointless.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Aug 26, 2011)

^ And what about all the people who do want a smaller camera?

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Patman888
By Patman888 (Aug 26, 2011)

They seem to be getting more than enough support. The people that would rather have better IQ than a tiny lens are losing out to this madness though, in the M43 camp at least.

Besides, this a reply to the gent that is dissing Canon for the lens getting bigger and bigger. I said that people don't mind that so this has nothing to do with the people that want a smaller camera because they should be enjoying their smaller cameras without dissing Canon for going for IQ over size.

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Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Aug 29, 2011)

Patman888
> Going small for the sake of small is totally pointless.
No. For instance, I don't want to carry my D7000 in a backpack when skiing. It is heavy and expensive. Actually, it is a pity I've bought the (great) 14-45 already, this new lens is more adequate for my tasks.

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Patman888
By Patman888 (Aug 26, 2011)

This is getting ridiculous. What is the point of going so small? It would still be highly irritating to pocket for most people. First the GF2 gets stripped, then the G3, then the GF3, and now even the lens line up?

Let's hope the GH3 doesn't get the same treatment.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Aug 26, 2011)

Because being smaller is stiller easier to carry (even if it doesn't fit in a trouser pocket) and looks more inconspicuous.

I have a 3 prime kit - GF2, 14mm f2.5, 20mm f1.7 and a Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 and it takes up less space in a bag than many DSLR bodies alone while offering image quality that's almost as good.

The fact that the camera is so small makes it less intimidating when taking photos with it too.

Just because you're happy carting huge, heavy lenses around doesn't mean everyone else is.

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Patman888
By Patman888 (Aug 26, 2011)

Yes and like I said. You have plenty of options for that with the dumbing down of their entire line.. It doesn't mean that Panasonic should go in that direction 100% and it doesn't mean I have to like it.

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (Aug 26, 2011)

"their entire line"

Hmm, I thought they came out with a camera called the GH3, did I imagine that?

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (Aug 27, 2011)

Ha ha ha to me. I did actually, as I suggested, imagine that. :-)
I meant the GH2. Egg > Face.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Aug 27, 2011)

@Patman888 the thing is this lens is genuinely revolutionary for CSCs, where a fast zoom would just be a large zoom lens on a system with slightly worse sensor IQ and depth of field than a DSLR with a large zoom lens.

Don't forget that pro-grade fast zooms are already available for m4/3, you can stick an Olympus 12-60mm 1:2.8-4.0 or 14-35mm 1:2.0 on there no problem, and Panasonic are rumoured to be coming out with an f2.5 zoom soon anyway

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Michael Barkowski
By Michael Barkowski (Aug 26, 2011)

Somehow I suspect the power zoom is necessary to the miniaturization. But of course, they're not going to say, "sorry, it had to be power zoom". Make the best of it! Of course - I expected nothing different.

Whether you see it as a sacrifice, a distraction or a bonus feature, a pancake zoom is just what the doctor ordered. And so is a high-res OLED peephole on the corner (NEX-7)...

To the camera industry, a response: Let's have it all, please! What, did you expect something different?

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Aug 26, 2011)

Hopefully the much rumoured "pro" GF camera will finally provide it

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Paul_B Midlands UK
By Paul_B Midlands UK (Aug 26, 2011)

seriously impressive piece of engineering

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memau
By memau (Aug 26, 2011)

it's a reasonable approach.

if you gonna make a small camera system, then do it as tiny as you can , and now even with a useful power zoom for steady zooming , sounds good for videographing.

but don't expect this lens to outperform a regular 14-42 OIS.
It's not easy to make such a lens and this one could probably apply far more in-camera image calibration, such as distortion and CA abberation.

it will be great if panasonic comes up next with a 24-120 or 24-105 effective lens with a faster aperture ( maybe 2.8 to 4 ? )

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Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Aug 27, 2011)

> don't expect this lens to outperform a regular 14-42 OIS.
I do. The old Panasonic 14-42 is IMO the worst kit currently on market, at least according to dpreview tests. So it is unlikely that a premium "X" class lens is even worse.

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Maverick_
By Maverick_ (Aug 26, 2011)

Panasonic did it. This is so exciting... Bravo Panny... :)

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JackM
By JackM (Aug 26, 2011)

NOW we are getting somewhere! Finally a portable zoom. The MILC concept just got viable.

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (Aug 26, 2011)

Nice addition to the line and if the optical quality is all they say it is, it should provide some stiff competition to Olympus's collapsible zoom, which comments indicate to be a weak link in the chain, IQ-wise.

I think this will suit videography more than photography, yet since I prefer to zoom to a setting and stay on it for a while, it would suit me pretty well. My only concerns are how dark it is and the tacky appearance with the Zoro-like 'x' mark. It's ultimately down to IQ, but from what I'm seeing it is better to disregard the hype and see it as a consumer lens. But when it is taking on even the LX5 in size, it could be a great travel camera...

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Phoque
By Phoque (Aug 26, 2011)

I love competition, Olympus will probably have to come out with a trick of their own now.

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (Aug 26, 2011)

Oh, that's easy: updated sensor.

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EvanZ
By EvanZ (Aug 26, 2011)

A not-so-wide wide-angle that is slow to boot? Sign me up. :\

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pixelsensible
By pixelsensible (Aug 26, 2011)

Incredible!

Who wants to buy the gigantic 18-55 Sony lens that comes with a bit of a camera ? Looks like Sony got to go back to the drawing board immediately.

Well, when it does, hopefully Sony will also drop its mindless pursuit of more and more megapixels too. Those who do not agree with me on this point, please bear with me - I know you are not happy.

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darkref
By darkref (Aug 26, 2011)

and when will panasonic come up with a proper sized sensor?:)

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SamTruax
By SamTruax (Aug 26, 2011)

Why should they if their sensors perform as well at a smaller size?

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Patman888
By Patman888 (Aug 26, 2011)

I prefer the size of the 18-55mm NEX. I can support it with my left hand for stability for one. This? It would be useless for stills I say.

Funny how the small brigade is still attacking the NEX lens size. They must be really spooked.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Aug 26, 2011)

gigantic? c'mon...

Your post denotes that you don't have a clue about what compromises takes making an APS-C based lens vs. a m4/3 one... And don't come with the excuse of Samsung NX line, since they got 7.5mm more of registration distance to work with...

But this lens is pretty impressive.

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (Aug 26, 2011)

"Funny how the small brigade is still attacking the NEX lens size. They must be really spooked."

Brigade? Spooked? So now people who want a small, high quality camera are somehow some kind of organised militia, out to destroy the lenses of the world? Patman, come on now, get it together.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Aug 27, 2011)

Well I think the Brigade term is because there's always a bunch of people that likes to do that kind of comments (childish btw)

There's a reason for everything in this world, and following the Law of Physics one can understand it...but that bunch of people like to attack other brands without having an argument...

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JDittlen
By JDittlen (Aug 26, 2011)

Awesome, makes the kit the same size as my LX5!
Imagine a double size pancake 14-140...
Imagine that on a NEX...

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rocklobster
By rocklobster (Aug 26, 2011)

WOW, the mirrorless camera war is really hotting up now. Just when you think that Sony has taken the number 1 spot with the new NEX series Panasonic hit back with this little gem to make the Sony lenses look even more gigantic. Nobody will probably ever make a small range zoom lens this small for APS-C but surely Sony can make a fixed focal length pancake like the Samsung 30mm.

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RDMPhotos
By RDMPhotos (Oct 4, 2011)

Yea I almost forgot about Samsung? What they heck are they up to ? The NX seemed interesting when it was 1st released, But talk about it dyed down quickly. In-fact i don't see anyone ever posting anything about them in any forums anymore.
I almost purchased one of their cameras till i looked in the view finder's of the NX10 and then the G1 at a camera shop. That coupled with the fact i Could'nt use C-mount lenses on it helped me to go the way of the G1. That long mount register distance was a really bad call on their part. It means that 3rd party lens wont really be available to them like they with for the m4/3 and NEX cameras.

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eddie_cam
By eddie_cam (Aug 26, 2011)

Sample images can be found here (images 2-4):
http://www.panasonic.net/avc/lumix/systemcamera/gms/gallery/lens.html#lens_x_1442

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Aug 26, 2011)

Two of them at 42mm F5.6, and one at 38mm F8, hmm.
Looks stunning tho for a pancake zoom !

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