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Panasonic develops 45-150mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH tele-zoom for Micro Four Thirds

Jul 18, 2012 at 05:00 GMT

Panasonic has announced the LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS, a compact entry-level telephoto zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras. At just 73mm/2.9" in length and weighing a mere 200g/7.1oz, it's the smallest lens in its class. It features a metal-clad barrel reminiscent of Sony's NEX lenses, includes optical image stabilization and Panasonic's Nano-Surface Coating to minimise flare, and will be available in either silver or black.

To illustrate the size of the 40-150mm, here it is alongside Panasonic's existing telephoto zooms and the Leica-branded 45mm F2.8 Macro.

Left to right:   Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS,  Lumix G Vario 45-150mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS, Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH OIS, Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4-5.6 OIS

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PANASONIC INTRODUCES NEW DIGITAL INTERCHANGABLE LENS FOR LUMIX G SERIES

Panasonic’s Premium LUMIX G X VARIO 45-150 mm Telephoto Zoom Lens Achieves Exceptional Image Quality in a Compact, Lightweight Design

July 18, 2012 (Secaucus, NJ) – Panasonic is pleased to announce a new interchangeable telephoto zoom lens for the Digital Single Lens Mirrorless LUMIX G that complies with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the LUMIX G VARIO 45-150 mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS45150). Featuring an ultra-compact size and lightweight body, the new LUMIX G VARIO 45-150 mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens offers a versatile zoom range of 45-150 mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 90-300 mm) which is suitable for impressive telephoto shots.

The new LUMIX G VARIO 45-150 mm / F4.0-5.6 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 movement. The lens’s superior inner focus system enables excellent resolution and contrast from full life-size magnification to infinity and the inclusion of a stepping motor makes focusing action smooth and silent for use in both video and photo recording. When mounted on the cameras of the LUMIX G line, users can also take advantage of the high-speed, high-precision AF (Auto Focus) System.

Comprised of 12 elements in nine groups, one UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens and two aspherical lenses in the LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. achieves uniform sharpness from the center to the corners for high optical performance. The lens’s seven aperture blades produce an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas, even when shooting at large aperture. Additionally, a multi-coated lens element reduces ghost and flare, to deliver high optical performance.

Available in a sophisticated metal look, the new LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. will be available in black or silver. Pricing and availability will be announced 30 days prior to shipping. For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras and lenses, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix.

·Four Thirds™ and Micro Four Thirds™, and Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds Logo marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Olympus Imaging Corporation, in Japan, the United States, the European Union and other countries.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeFourThirds
Focal length45–150 mm
Image stabilisationYes (Mega OIS)
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum apertureF4.0 - F5.6
Minimum apertureF22.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notescircular aperture
Optics
Elements12
Groups9
Focus
Minimum focus0.90 m (35.43)
Maximum magnification0.17×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight200 g (0.44 lb)
Diameter62 mm (2.44)
Length73 mm (2.87)
SealingNo
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Filter thread52 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarNo

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