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Panasonic puts 43mm F1.2 portrait lens and 150mm F2.8 on lens roadmap

Feb 2, 2013 at 00:32 GMT

CP+ 2013: Panasonic has added a 42.5mm F1.2 portrait lens and 150mm F2.8 super-telephoto prime to its lens roadmap for Micro Four Thirds, for release in the near future. The lenses, shown in prototype form at Photokina 2012, last September, are shown as being ready for release just after the 14-42mm II ASPH. kit zoom launched this week.

The roadmap indicates the lenses should be expected near the beginning of 2013. We'll ask for further information when we speak to Panasonic, later today.

The 42.5mm F1.2 will offer a 90mm equivalent portrait lens with depth of field equivalent to an 85mm F2.4 on full-frame. The 150mm F2.8 offers a fast 300mm equivalent option for sports and wildlife shooters.

The two lenses on the roadmap aren't the only new optics on show - Panasonic also has plenty of examples of its 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. Mega OIS on its stand. Nearly 25% shorter, it is small and light, and has a rather un-damped feel to the zoom ring, consistent with its lowly status in the company's lens lineup

Panasonic is also showing-off the recently launched DMC-ZS30 (TZ40 in Europe) with NFC capability. NFC (Near Field Communication) allows you to tap the phone against a compatible smartphone and that transfers all the information the phone needs to agree a Wi-Fi connection, making it quick and easy to do