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Panasonic announces Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS

Jan 29, 2013 at 04:00 GMT

CP+ 2013: Panasonic has announced the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II Asph. Mega O.I.S - its latest affordable kit lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II is the company's fourth variable aperture standard zoom (following the 14-45mm, original 14-42mm and 14-42mm power zoom), and gains two aspherical elements to help make the lens smaller than the existing version. The 14-42mm II will be available as a kit option with both the DMC-GF5 and DMC-G5 in most markets.

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A New Standard Zoom Lens in Compact and Stylish Design

LUMIX G VARIO 14-42 mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.

Panasonic is pleased to announce a new compact standard zoom lens LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. for LUMIX G based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard. LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. offers a versatile zoom range of 14-42 mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 28-84 mm) suitable for a wide range of situations from landscape to portrait. Comprising of 9 elements in 8 groups, the lens system adopts 2 aspherical lenses to achieve further reduction of both size and weight yet maintaining its high optical performance at entire zoom range. The inner focus system driven by a stepping motor assures astonishing comfort to take maximum advantage of high speed contrast AF system and in video recording.

Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) makes it easy to shoot super clear shots even at tele end or in low-lit situations by suppressing the blur caused by a hand shake.

With its minimum focus distance of 0.2 m (14-20 mm) / 0.3 m (21-42 mm) even at full zoom, the new lens provides a maximum photographic magnification of 0.17x (35 mm camera equivalent: 0.34x). 7 aperture blades consists a circular aperture diaphragm and produces an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas even shooting at large aperture.

The new LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. for LUMIX G is refined in its external design to offer metallic color options of black and silver to offer stylish look on the digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) cameras of LUMIX G in shooting creative snapshots.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.-5-5.6 II ASPH Mega O.I.S specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeFourThirds
Focal length14–42 mm
Image stabilisationYes (Mega OIS)
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F5.6
Minimum apertureF22.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notesCircular aperture
Optics
Elements9
Groups8
Special elements / coatings2 aspherical lenses
Focus
Minimum focus0.20 m (7.87)
Maximum magnification0.17×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight110 g (0.24 lb)
Diameter56 mm (2.2)
Length49 mm (1.93)
SealingNo
ColourBlack and silver
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockNo
Filter thread46 mm
Filter notesDoes not rotate on focusing
Hood suppliedYes
Hood product coden/a
Tripod collarNo

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