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Mark II Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake announced

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Panasonic is pleased to announce the addition of a new single focal length lens LUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (H-H020A). Joining Panasonicís well regarded family of digital interchangeable lenses of LUMIX G based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, this model features a newly designed metallic profile, and sleek, sophisticated design elegantly finished in black and silver. Maintaining the stunning performance of LUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 ASPH., the new LUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 II ASPH. is extremely compact and lightweight & its F1.7 brightness that enables beautiful soft focus on the background for the subject to stand out impressively.

Comprising seven lenses in five groups, the new lens system uses two aspherical lenses effectively to minimize both distortion and chromatic aberrations, achieving super high resolution from corner to corner. The versatile 20 mm focal distance (equivalent to 40 mm on a 35 mm film camera) is suitable for a wide variety of occasions from daily snapshots, to beautiful sceneries like sunsets, and dimly lit indoor shots taking advantage of its beautiful soft focus. The new lens supports Contrast AF system for high precision auto focusing.

Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. The new LUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 II ASPH. lens also features a highly reliable metal mount, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its optical performance. The new addition will be available from 29th July 2013.

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Mark II Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake announced

Four Thirds User editorial team Mark II Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake announced
Panasonic has revealed a new and improved 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens. The Mark II version has faster au... (more)

Kurt Re: Mark II Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake announced
This seems very similar to the Mk I model, is there any compelling reason for anyone to switch? - K... (more)

Ian Re: Mark II Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake announced
Not seen one yet but I understand the AF is faster. It's probably a bit smaller and lighter. Ian... (more)

timg Re: Mark II Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake announced
I hope they improve the AF (not that the mk1 is as bad as some people seem to make out)... it's abou... (more)

hschnee Re: Mark II Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake announced
The announcement states "the new lens system uses two aspherical lenses effectively to minimize both... (more)

Ian Re: Mark II Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake announced
The Mark 1 also had 2 aspherical lenses - the design configuration of 7 elements in 5 groups is iden... (more)

Bear Re: Mark II Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake announced
seems to be bit of a theme with me atm, just bought the MK1!... (more)

timg Re: Mark II Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake announced
There still seems to be some debate on if the AF has been improved, if it hasn't I don't see any ... (more)