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Panasonic unveils conversion lenses for Micro Four Thirds

By dpreview staff on Jan 9, 2012 at 23:45 GMT

Pre-CES: Panasonic has unveiled a range of converter lenses that attach to its Micro Four Thirds kit lenses. The range includes a wide-angle converter, a macro converter and a fisheye converter, each of which is compatible with both the company's 14mm F2.5 prime lens and its Lumix X 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom. There's also a telephoto converter designed for working with the power zoom. The DMW-GWC1 wide-angle added to a 14mm lens gives the field of view of an 11mm lens (22mm equiv.). The DMW-GMC1 macro reduces the minimum focusing distance of the lenses to around 14cm. The DMW-GFC1 fisheye converter gives a 120° angle-of-view while the DMW-GTC1 extends the zoom's maximum reach to 84mm (168mm equivalent). Prices are not yet available.

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Press Release:

PANASONIC INTRODUCES FOUR NEW CONVERSION LENSES FOR THE LUMIX G SERIES OF COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERAS

Panasonic DMW-GTC1 mounted on the H-PS14042 power zoom

LAS VEGAS, NV (January 9, 2012) Panasonic today announces four new conversion lenses that are compatible with the H-PS14042 (LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S.) and H-H014* (LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH.) Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses, which are part of the LUMIX G Series and compatible with the company’s compact system cameras (CSC).

These compact and lightweight conversion lenses are built to be mobile and allow users of Panasonic LUMIX G series digital cameras to easily switch a lens to enjoy the benefits and flexibility of different shooting options and angles.  The four new conversion lenses include:

  • DMW-GWC1 Wide Conversion Lens: Helps to capture dynamic scenery with a wider viewing angle and extends the focal length of wide-end from 14mm to 11mm when attached to the front of the lens. Also helpful when shooting indoor group photos where space is often limited.  (Compatible with H-PS14042 and H-H014 lenses)
  • DMW-GTC1 Tele Conversion Lens: Helps capture a subject that is faraway by extending the focal length of tele-end from 42mm to 84mm when attached to the front of the lens.** This conversion lens is particularly helpful when shooting long-distance street-view shots while traveling.  (Compatible with H-PS14042 lens)
  • DMW-GMC1 Macro Conversion Lens: Designed to enable extremely close macro shooting at a focus distance of just 0.14m when attached to the front of the lens.*** This conversion lens is ideal for capturing amazing detail in small subjects such as flowers and insects.  (Compatible with H-PS14042 and H-H014 lenses)
  • DMW-GFC1 Fisheye Conversion Lens: Helps users shoot creative and unique photographs with a rounded, 120-degree angle, effect.  (Compatible with H-PS14042 and H-H014 lenses)

All four new conversion lenses come with an included adaptor ring for use with the H-PS14042 lens and H-H014, with the exception of the DMC-GTC1, which is compatible with the H-PS14042 only.

The H-PS14042 (the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S.) is a cutting-edge interchangeable lens with electric-powered zoom operation from Panasonic’s premium lens brand “X” for LUMIX G Series. Using Panasonic's optical technologies, the new lens features superb image rendering for lifelike textures and crisp edge-to-edge contrast.

The H-H014 (LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH.) lens is an extremely lightweight and compact single focal length lens with a 14mm wide angle and F2.5 brightness. Taking advantage of the wide angle of view and deep depth of field, the compact lens offers excellent performance in shooting of not only landscapes but also snapshots or indoor shooting.

Pricing and 2012 availability will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipping.  For more information, and live coverage on January 10-11 from Panasonic at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, please visit www.panasonic.com/CES. Plus, follow Panasonic’s CES activities on Twitter @PanasonicEvents and join the conversations.

* The DMW-GTC1 is not compatible with the H-H014 lens.

**Attachable when the lens is at tele-end

*** Closest focusing distance is 0.14m with H-H014 and 0.16m with H-PS14042. Longest Focusing Distance is 0.23m with H-H014 and 0.26m with H-PS14042.

Additional Images

Panasonic DMW-GWC1 Wide Panasonic DMW-GMC1 Macro
Panasonic DMW-GFC1 Fisheye Panasonic DMW-GTC1 Telephoto

Comments

Total comments: 34
S. Brooks
By S. Brooks (Jun 25, 2012)

My kit lens is H-FS014045. Will these fit?

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PaddyO
By PaddyO (May 5, 2012)

I just got the macro and wide converters yesterday. I think they're both great. You can read my first impressions on my blog. mynichi.net

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Hen3ry
By Hen3ry (Mar 14, 2012)

These look like very simple, lightweight converters -- like the converters Oly has offered for some time for the 14-42 II and II R lenses.

If they are as good as the Oly WCON-P01 and MCON-P01 they will be very useful indeed. Great to be able to go for a walk with the camera with the stock zoom but have a couple of small, light things in your pocket to significantly extend the FL range.

Wish Oly had the tele option that Panny is offering!

Cheers, geoff

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joyclick
By joyclick (Jan 13, 2012)

Which bank panasonic tell you to rob? their converters cost huge sums.

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zubs
By zubs (Jan 11, 2012)

Isn't it cheaper to get the Raynox 250 macro clip on lens for Macro. Costs around £40 from amazon. From the results I've seen, flikr etc, the quality is stunning.

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mycle
By mycle (Jan 11, 2012)

i am waiting so long for a conversion lens for my 20mm pancake or a new prime 40 or 45mm, but nothing. any informations of panasonic releases for 2012...?

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marike6
By marike6 (Jan 11, 2012)

Why not just buy the Olympus 45 1.8? It's really superb. Small, lightweight, cheap, sharp, really good bokeh, and pretty much silent AF. If there ever was a no-brainer in a lens, the Oly 45 is it. Nice compliment to the 20 1.7.

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mycle
By mycle (Jan 11, 2012)

yes, i thought about it. but i really prefer a black one for my gear :-).

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tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Jan 10, 2012)

Nice but I already have all the lenses that provide all these focal lengths ...

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andre venter
By andre venter (Jan 10, 2012)

I wonder if these will work on the LX-5 with filter adapter...

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Eric C
By Eric C (Jan 10, 2012)

Another option to consider which may be superior to this Panasonic Wide Angle converter is the existing one for Sony that will actually work on the Pana. Check it out here.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=40097371

Got mine for $99 shipped at BHPhoto. Works as described.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 10, 2012)

maybe Panasonic should announce those conversion lens for Canon G1x
not m43 lens

afterall what's the point of having a ILC?

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technic
By technic (Jan 10, 2012)

that would not work, because of the focal length range / sensor size and larger aperture the Canon G1x would require bigger converters, at least for WA and fisheye.

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amweber21
By amweber21 (Jan 10, 2012)

maybe someone can help me out here.. If it's working on the 14mm 2.5, which has a 46mm thread, will it also fit on the 20mm 1.7 or the 25mm 1.4 which have the same size thread? or is it just optimized for the 14

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sphexx
By sphexx (Jan 10, 2012)

The 14 is internal focus. You probably would not want to hang a relatively heavy adapter on the movable front element of the 20.

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OneGuy
By OneGuy (Jan 10, 2012)

Good insight, sphexx

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Hen3ry
By Hen3ry (Mar 14, 2012)

These look very similar to the Oly supplementaryt lenbses for the 14-42 II R. I have the wide and macro, WCON-P01 and MCON-P01 -- they are featherweight. Might be worth a try on the 20; certainly they're not about to put too much strain on the lens. Wish Oly had a tele like Panny has!

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kev777zero
By kev777zero (Jan 10, 2012)

wide macro & fisheye converters are getting redundant in mirrorless with availability from Olympus & NEX, but the telephoto seems interesting if the optics are good, especially for those who aren't into telephoto but would like to option!

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Jan 10, 2012)

UW convertor looks promising to me .. :)
Tele .. I can crop but ultra wide .. 22mm (even if its soft) sounds good!

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BJMarsh
By BJMarsh (Jan 10, 2012)

Seems like this might work on the 14-45. Anyone know for sure?

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Stanny1
By Stanny1 (Jan 10, 2012)

I'm not impressed. Let's see. I buy an expensive prime lens. Then I get the wide-angle converter. Now I have a 22mm? Wow. I put the Sony WA converter ($90.00) on my NEX-3 with 16mm lens ($499) and get 18mm. Sounds like a sensor size mistake. Remember, Panasonic was early into the hybrid game.Sony learned from Panasonic and Olympus as pioneers. Let's hope Canon learns from Nikon's mistake on sensor size with their hybrid. Or Olympus may go BK like Kodak. Today's camera's are more into electronics than lenses anymore. Traditional camera companies like Canon and Nikon have to play catch-up now. It's similar to how Mercedes and BMW have had to play catch-up to Lexus in the electronics dept.

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Jan 10, 2012)

No Sony didnt learned anything. All their primes are expensive and soft and yet slow and their lineup is not even complete. Canon is not even listening to Sony, they went to integrated lenses and Nikon went even beyond 4/3 sensor size. So all you are saying is your own imaginations. Sony is not inspiring any other manufacturer, they all are playing on their own grounds. Also what do you mean by hybrid? Plus pany 14mm lens is extremely cheap, you can say cheapest of all primes. i got mine in a kit with gf3 dual lens package and everything was under 400£ that includes VAT and pany rebate.

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marike6
By marike6 (Jan 11, 2012)

@Stanny1 wrote: "Let's hope Canon learns from Nikon's mistake on sensor size with their hybrid."

What mistake was that.? My Nikon 1 sensor performs great, much better than my GF2, and up there with my GH2. In fact the Nikon 1 sensor is holding it own, or out performing most of the larger m43 sensor available. Mistake? Also, the N1 is a huge seller, with great IQ. So the only mistake is when people dogmatically and absolutely equate sensor size with image quality.

Nikon and Canon playing catch up? That's funny, considering that they are the only two companies that make professional SLRs, and make the best cameras and lenses outside of independents like Zeiss and Leica. My goodness, the things I read on the boards.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 13, 2012)

DSLRs are no big shakes any more, they will be done with and gone in 8-10 years, tops.

Nikon makes far fewer mistakes than Canon does, and is apparently a much better run company.

Nikon 1-series (J1, V1) are receiving extremely high marks from actual users, and photos and videos are quite stunning.
Much, much newer technology overall (sensor, AF, etc) than Oly and Panny M4/3.

Panny writes its own book, true, and can easily afford to as well.

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WT21
By WT21 (Jan 10, 2012)

I woulld like to try the Panny FE converter. I hope it is wider than the Oly one.

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PhotoTrevor
By PhotoTrevor (Jan 10, 2012)

OK I'm confused. Or maybe not. Why on earth would you make conversion lenses for an interchangeable lens system? It's always optically better to get a lens suited for the job rather than throw an adapter on there.
if this was a viable option, why wouldn't we just by silly converters for our DSLR's? Seriously Panasonic?

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Jan 10, 2012)

its just another convineant option. IQ in real life doesnt suffer as much, specially if you place these accessories over prime lens, its just another glass. In zoom lens we already use multiple glasses in construction, not a big deal. I always use a UV filter on mine.
If you get into ultra wide terrirtory by just buying a cheaper accessory and place it straight on your lens, without dis-mounting it from camera body .. its all just so quick ... ok try it for yourself and tell us how you feel it :)

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Kerensky97
By Kerensky97 (Jan 10, 2012)

I think price is a big issue, the Lumix wide angle lens is a pricey beast (but takes beautiful pics).
I'm in interested in the Macro attachment because none of my lenses focus close enough but I also don't need it enough to pay for the Lecia macro.

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Bryan Costin
By Bryan Costin (Jan 12, 2012)

It's a handy way to get a focal length that you don't use often enough to justify a prime. Also handy for travel, especially if the adapter can be paired with more than one lens in your kit.

Conversion adapters are, in fact, used with DSLRs. Canon and Nikon both make some very nice teleconverters designed to be paired with their L-series lenses.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 13, 2012)

I LOVE converter lenses/adapters, they are such nifty ideas.

But mostly on fixed, non-removable lens cameras. On removable lens cameras, they make markedly less sense to me. Except they are products that Panasonic can make a buck or two on, that's about all. But if you need it, hey, it is cheaper than buying an actual lens. Less weight to carry around, too.

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TxCamFan
By TxCamFan (Jan 10, 2012)

This wasn't up yesterday. Why did you back date it? It would be nice to see the announcements with the newest on top regardless of how exciting they are.

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Almeida
By Almeida (Jan 11, 2012)

Maybe it was a timezone thing?

Anyway, another vote for newest on top. It's not the first time a miss a news item when it's released because I didn't scroll down.

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CDMc
By CDMc (Jan 11, 2012)

Agree

Consipiracy Theory anyone? have a look at the release list for Panny, these are not even on it.

Edit: Just checked - still not showing in the product list

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captura
By captura (Jul 31, 2012)

I bought the fisheye converter for the 14-2.5 lens/ Olympus EPL1, and it works as advertised. Then I tried it on my Sony NEX3 with a Sigma 19mm f2.8 lens. Same size 46mm threads. Now this is amazing! Sharp as heck, no vignetting, angle of view about 105 degrees like an ultra-wide. It's perfect.

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