The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4 lens was first shown at Photokina 2016, and has made its official debut at CES 2017. The first of the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit F2.8-4 series to reach market, this premium lens is equivalent to 24-120mm on a Micro Four Thirds cameras and supports Panasonic's Dual IS system for enhanced shake reduction on compatible bodies. 

Like other lenses planned for the series, the 12-60mm F2.8-4 is weather-sealed and functional down to +14°F/-10°C, and offers a nine-blade aperture. Panasonic touts it as a good fit for video with a quiet inner focus drive system and a micro-step drive system for smooth aperture adjustments to compensate for changes in brightness. The lens will be offered in metallic black and will ship in late March for $999.

The New Standard Zoom Lens for High Image Quality LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-ES12060) Covering 24mm Wide Angle to 120mm*

*35mm camera equivalent

Las Vegas, NV (January 4, 2017) - Panasonic is proud to introduce a new standard zoom digital interchangeable lens, the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (35mm camera equivalent: 24-120mm) as the first lens to be introduced from its LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series.

Covering a focusing distance from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto, this new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series achieves exceptionally high descriptiveness for both photo and video recording, and yet its size is kept compact. All of the lenses in this series feature a 9-blade diaphragm to give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. All lenses also take advantage of Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosts and flaring. They boast a rugged, dust/splash-proof design and are even freeze-proof down to -10℃ to withstand professional use under harsh conditions. The high-quality video recording capability is also one of the advantages of this lens series.

The new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. offers a versatile 5x zoom range of 24-120mm. It fully covers a variety of daily shooting situations, from dynamic landscapes to portraits even in low-lit situations, providing a beautiful defocus effect by taking advantage of the F2.8-4.0 high-speed performance.

Comprising 14 elements in 12 groups, the lens system features four aspherical lenses and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses that effectively suppress spherical distortion or chromatic aberration to achieve stunning picture quality. The use of these lenses also enables high mobility.

In addition to the wide aperture, the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates for blurring, making it easy to shoot even in dim lighting. The lens works with the Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer)*1, 5-axis Dual I.S.*2, and 5-axis Dual I.S.2*3 system when mounted on an applicable Panasonic LUMIX DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera.

The linear motor enables the camera to comply with the sensor drive at max. 240 fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF. It also helps to reduce wobbling. Notably, the new lens excels in video recording performance. In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system, the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section helps the camera to smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming. The AF tracking performance in zooming is also improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.

Offered in sharp, metallic black color, the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. stylishly matches the LUMIX G DSLM cameras.

The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series lineup will expand with additional lenses. An 8-18mm (16-36mm, 35mm camera equivalent) wide zoom lens and 50-200mm (100-400mm, 35mm camera equivalent) telephoto zoom lens are presently under development.

*1 Complies with the LUMIX GX8.
*2 Complies with the LUMIX GX85.
*3 Complies with the LUMIX GH5 and G85.
•Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4 specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeFourThirds
Focal length12–60 mm
Image stabilizationYes
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum apertureF2.8–4
Minimum apertureF22
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades9
Aperture notesMicro-step drive system in aperture control section
Optics
Elements14
Groups12
Special elements / coatingsNano Surface Coating, 4 ASPH elements, 2 ED elements
Focus
Minimum focus0.20 m (7.87)
Maximum magnification0.3×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeLinear Motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight320 g (0.71 lb)
Diameter68 mm (2.68)
Length86 mm (3.39)
SealingYes
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Filter thread62.0 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarNo