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Mar 7, 2010 10:01 AM

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph MEGA O.I.S.

Panasonic has released a brand new, 14-42 mm standard zoom lens to its expanding line of Micro FourThirds camera system. The lens sports Panasonic's well known MEGA O.I.S. optical image stabilization system, and its a 7 blade aperture forms a circular diaphragm for pleasing out of focus areas. Despite the shorter focal distance range and the discarded MEGA O.I.S. switch this lens is slightly larger than the 14-45 mm standard zoom, previously used by Panasonic. The LUMIX G Varion 14-42 mm llens has a plastic lens mount, and uses multi-coated and aspherical lens elements to reduce ghosting, flare and distortions.

This new lens is expected to be bundled with future Micro Four Thirds cameras from Panasonic, including the new DMC-G2 and DMC-G10 models.

Panasonic Expands its LUMIX Micro G System With a New Compact and Lightweight Standard Zoom Lens

The new LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens offers increased range and flexibility for taking professional looking photos and high definition videos.

Budapest, (March 7, 2010) – Panasonic today announced a new standard zoom interchangeable lens for the LUMIX G Micro System that complies with the Micro Four Thirds System standard. The new ultra-compact and light 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.

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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph MEGA O.I.S.

Available mount(s) Micro FourThirds
Application(s) Portrait, Landscape, Architecture
Category(s) Standard zoom
Multiplier
Stabilizer yes
Focal length 14 - 42 mm (3× zoom)
Lens construction 12 elements in 9 groups
Number of blades 7
Maximum aperture wide: f/3.5 tele: f/5.6
Minimum aperture wide: f/22 tele: f/22
Minimum focusing distance 30 cm
Size 63.6 × 60.6 mm
Weight 165 g
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph MEGA O.I.S. Specification
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph MEGA O.I.S.

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