Panasonic/Leica Micro Four Thirds lens roadmap

Three more lenses scheduled for 2010

Panasonic Lumix this week revealed plans for three more lenses for its Micro Four Thirds range to be launched next year. That's after revealing the new Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 pancake and the 45mm f/2.8 Leica DG Macro-Elmarit Asph. this week, along with the new Lumix DMC-GF1 body. The roadmap slide from the GF1 press presentation this week looks like this: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds Lens Roadmap

The three lenses scheduled for next year are 100-300mm f/4-5.6 telephoto zoom, with Mega OIS in-lens stabilisation, an 8mm f/3.5 fisheye, and a 14mm f/2.8 pancake. That will total nine lenses from Panasonic/Leica alone. Meanwhile, Olympus will logically add to their 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 standard zoom, and their 17mm f/2.8 pancake.

The emphasis on pancake lenses, with at least three to choose from by next year, is clear. They preserve the slim dimensions of Micro Four Thirds bodies and are relatively inexpensive to manufacture compared to zooms.

Reports from Japan indicate that the Micro Four Thirds platform across the board, including Olympus and Panasonic, are claiming 20% of the interchangeable lens (read: DSLR) market. It will be interesting if one of the independent lens manufacturers will be tempted to enter the Micro Four Thirds market.

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