by Ian Burley
New LEICA Lens for Micro Four Thirds System Under Development
The First LEICA DG Zoom Lens in the Lineup*1
Today Panasonic announces that the company is developing the first LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 telephoto zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 200-800mm) for the Micro Four Thirds system standard to expand the lineup of digital interchangeable lens.
The LEICA DG lenses are designed and developed clearing the stringent quality standard certified by Leica to boast excellent optical performance. Four single focal length LEICA DG lenses have already been introduced to the market and are highly acclaimed by users worldwide*2.
The new telephoto zoom achieves exceptional imaging performance over the entire zoom range. It also features high speed digital signal exchange at 240 fps to comply with the high-speed, high-precision AF (Auto Focus) with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology on the LUMIX G camera. Together with the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), it lets photographers focus on the target quickly to capture crisp, clear images. In addition, the new lens features high mobility supported by its splash/dust-proof rugged design to withstand heavy field use.
The new telephoto zoom lens also excels in size and weight, which is a common advantage with all LUMIX G cameras, enabling handheld 800mm (35mm camera equivalent) telephoto shooting even without using a tripod.
Panasonic is committed to further expand the digital interchangeable lens lineup with an addition of this new LEICA telephoto zoom lens to meet the wider-ranging needs of customers.
*1 Details of the product specifications, the date of release and the price are yet to be advised.
*2 LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm/F1.2 ASPH./POWER O.I.S., LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm/F1.7 ASPH., Leica DG SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH., LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm/F2.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.
•The photos show images of the product which may differ from its final appearance.
•Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
•SUMMILUX, ELMARIT and NOCTICRON are all registered trademarks of Leica Camera.