Panasonic has announced a new 14-140mm zoom lens for its series of interchangeable lens cameras, which features built-in optical image stabilization technology and much more.
The rumor mill has been very focused on Panasonic over the past few weeks. The Japanese company has been rumored to introduce a pair of cameras in late April and it has duly delivered, courtesy of the Lumix G6 and Lumix LF1.
Next-generation Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lens becomes official
However, there is more to this day than just the two cameras, as the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS lens has also made its first official appearance.
This new optic joins the family of Lumix G interchangeable lenses for digital cameras, which is compatible with Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds shooters.
According to the camera maker, the lens will provide a 35mm equivalent between 28 and 280mm, allowing photographers to capture high-quality images across various scenarios.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS measurements
One of its advantages consists of its size, as the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lens measures 2.95-inches in length and 2.65-inches in diameter, while weighing 0.58 lbs.
Its filter thread measures 58mm, while a lens hood will be included in the package to protect the optic when photographers are not using it.
The new Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is made out of 14 elements divided into 12 groups, while seven diaphragm blades stand at its base.
It also contains three aspherical elements and a couple of Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements, which will cut down distortion as well as chromatic aberrations.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lens does not have an aperture ring, but it offers maximum magnification of 0.25x, respectively a minimum focusing distance of 11.71 inches.
Panasonic has not provided a release date, nor a price, but it should be a “winner” when it comes out
The aforementioned Power Optical Image Stabilizer technology is helpful even in low-light environments, when photographers are usually struggling to capture high-quality imagery.
The lens is powered by a stepping motor and an integrated focus drive, both being able to provide quiet and high-speed autofocus. This means that it should work better in combination with the Lumix GH3 and G6, a pair of cameras that supports very fast AF.
Panasonic’s latest version of the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS lens will become available on the market soon. Nevertheless, the exact release date continues to be a secret, just like its final price.