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Panasonic promises 42.5mm F1.2 and 150mm F2.8 lenses for 2013/2014

By dpreview staff on Sep 17, 2012 at 12:07 GMT

Photokina 2012: Panasonic has promised two new lenses for its Lumix G Micro Four Thirds system, a fast 42.5mm F1.2 'portrait' lens and a 150mm F2.8 telephoto. Both lenses will include optical image stabilization, but there are no further details at present. Both are slated for release in 2013-2014.

Panasonic showed this slide at its Photokina 2012 press conference, promising 42.5mm F1.2 and 150mm F2.8 lenses, both with optical image stabilization.

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Total comments: 31
OneGuy
By OneGuy (Sep 21, 2012)

Optical image stabilization is dandy but I haven't really missed it on the 20mm/F1.7. If the IS omission makes the new lens half size (of better or comparable F1.7 quality incl. flare reject), I'd opt for that. Than again, did anybody say 'sports?'

Oh, give the ring a bit of color. Maybe a touch of "optical" purple.

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hammerheadfistpunch
By hammerheadfistpunch (Jan 31, 2013)

you don't miss it on the 20 because its wide enough to not need it. @ 150, or even 42.5, you will want it.

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Lupti
By Lupti (Sep 19, 2012)

Hm...2013-2014? What about now? Because I want to take photographs now, but for that I need existing equipment, not stuff that could be released in 1-2 years.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Sep 18, 2012)

I remember being blasted for suggesting m4/3 needs lenses like these. All sorts of comments from the deniers about DOF and to go buy a FF camera. Good to see Panasonic ignoring the naysayers and doing what is right.

Now let's see them release a 50-200 f/2.8 and maybe a 300 f/4!

My problem is can I stay in the m4/3 long enough to get one, or do I switch to NEX 6? Like to see if GH3 has lower noise than O-MD and even faster AF mainly for tracking

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captura
By captura (7 months ago)

Panasonic m43 cameras like the GX7 cannot compete with Sony NEX which have better sensors and PDAF. So to compensate, the only option for Panasonic is to take advantage of m43's inherent smaller lens sizes and offer an uber-fine VERY FAST 1.2 lens. It should be great but not cheap!

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wy2lam
By wy2lam (Sep 18, 2012)

Geez. It's called "prime" lens, not "single focal length" lens. Stop the propaganda already.

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Andy Spawn
By Andy Spawn (Sep 19, 2012)

Single focal length lens is the formal name.

Comment edited 13 seconds after posting
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audijam
By audijam (Sep 17, 2012)

holy cow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is REALLY SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!! good job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OM mani padme hum
By OM mani padme hum (Sep 17, 2012)

Now we just need some teleconverters and the system is virtually complete. :-) (Except perhaps for super telephotos.)

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discopolana
By discopolana (Sep 17, 2012)

I'm buying both. Thank you Panny.

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Sep 17, 2012)

Nice, I wish Sony would do the same for NEX

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Sep 17, 2012)

WOW! 45mm F1.2 with IS. I am selling my 45mm F1.8 in anticipation of this new lens. Gonna cost some serious money though.

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luisflorit
By luisflorit (Sep 17, 2012)

So nothing decent over 150mm up to 2015????

Shame.

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SHood
By SHood (Sep 17, 2012)

Yes, I was hoping for something in this range as well.

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jeff_006
By jeff_006 (Sep 17, 2012)

Probably the 150 f2.8 will be insanely expensive >1000$...

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Sep 17, 2012)

Finally somebody in the m43 camp realises the crop sensor advantage.
This is the first ever tele PRIME, right?!
300mm F5.6 FF equiv DOF gives pleasing bokeh for mid range objects.
Good for the zoo, but still not enticing to birders.
FF 200 F2.8 lenses are relatively cheap, make one for m43, price it under $999, and now we're birding!

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yslee1
By yslee1 (Sep 17, 2012)

Oh yea, now we're talking. Price it at like a legacy 200/2.8, make it slightly slimmer and lighter for the 4/3 sensor, and we're good. Oh, and don't forget the teleconverters to go along with it.

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Sep 17, 2012)

Actually not many 200mm f2.8 are still in production today, they are probably replaced by 70-200 zooms.
But, the Canon 200mm F2.8L II can be bought for $765 brand new.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Sep 20, 2012)

Keeping with the recent trend, Pana will price this lens not as 150/2.8 with a quarter of image circle (as it should have), but as a 300/2.8 FF sharp corner to corner.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 17, 2012)

No wonder the new GH3 is big. Those two lenses are huge. Compare the mount and the size of the lens. Not FF huge but way bigger than any m4/3 so far.

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SHood
By SHood (Sep 17, 2012)

I was hoping for something in the 300mm range. Maybe Olympus will show something for next year.

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DonTom
By DonTom (Sep 17, 2012)

Both lenses are great news. As long as they are weather sealed, they will be hard to resist!
Hope Olympus leapfrogs Panny with a 200/2.8 instead....

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nickthetasmaniac
By nickthetasmaniac (Sep 17, 2012)

Awesome!

Out of interest, why are today's MFT releases getting dropped down the front page on DPR?? I didn't see this, the GH3 announcement or the Oly lens announcement because the 6D preview stayed at the top of the page so I just assumed there was nothing new...

I think the Oly lenses actually started on Page 2 :/

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noegd
By noegd (Sep 17, 2012)

DPR often keeps "headline" articles higher in the list, in particular previews.

But it is a bit strange to see the latest Panasonic lenses announcements at the bottom of the list, below compact digicams announcements.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 17, 2012)

Review/preview always have priority over news and will only be pushed down by other review/preview.

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KameraFever
By KameraFever (Sep 17, 2012)

Holy Crap!

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Absolutic
By Absolutic (Sep 17, 2012)

I love my miniature light and super sharp Oly 45 1.8.... but... F/1.2..... OMG....mmmmm...... I want... I hope it is not huge and heavy though.

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stevedigiphoto
By stevedigiphoto (Sep 17, 2012)

Fantastic news lets hope for 2013!

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Chekr
By Chekr (Sep 17, 2012)

The MFT system is absolutely overflowing with amazing lenses!

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Calvin Chann
By Calvin Chann (Sep 17, 2012)

Nice, but I wonder what the price will be.

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The Jacal
By The Jacal (Sep 17, 2012)

Plenty of time to save up for it. (The 42.5mm for me).

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Total comments: 31