Panasonic releases 14-42mm lens for G Micro system

Panasonic is 
pleased to announce a new standard zoom interchangeable lens for LUMIX
G Micro System that complies with Micro Four Thirds System standard. 
Ultra-compact  and light weight, the new LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm /
F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens offers a versatile zoom range of
14-42mm (35mm camera equivalent: 28-84mm) suitable for a wide range of
scenes from dynamic landscape to portrait.

The lens system features excellent contrast at entire zoom
range and the inclusion of an aspherical lens improves optical
performance by minimizing distortion, even at the 28mm wide end.
Adopting an inner focus system driven by a stepping motor, the superior
optical design realizes outstanding smoothness to support the high
speed AF system of LUMIX G cameras.

The new LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 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 shake. When
mounted on the cameras of Lumix G Micro System, users can use and take
advantage of the contrast AF system and the convenient functions
applied from it.


With its minimum focus distance of 30 cm even at full
zoom, the new lens provides a maximum photographic magnification of
0.32x (35mm equivalent). Seven aperture blades consists a circular
aperture diaphragm and produces an attractive smoothness in
out-of-focus areas even shooting at large aperture. The new lens system
uses multi-coated lens elements that reduce ghosts and flare to an
absolute minimum, helping deliver a high optical performance.

The new lens will be available to purchase in the UK from June 2010 –
with either the new DMC-G2, DMC-G10 or as a standalone lens.


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