Panasonic has introduced the new Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 II ASPH lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras, while announcing the development of a 30mm f/2.8 Macro lens at Photokina 2014.
The first lens to be revealed by Panasonic at Photokina 2014 was the Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS. The company has decided to keep going with the launch of Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 II ASPH as well as with the announcement of the development of a 30mm f/2.8 Macro optic.
Panasonic unveils second-generation 14mm f/2.5 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras
The GM1 and GM5 are two of the smallest interchangeable lens cameras on the market. Their compact design needs lenses to match, so Panasonic is aiming to deliver such products.
The first is a replacement for an existing optic, which now comes with a better design that includes black and silver colors.
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 II ASPH lens will provide a 35mm focal length equivalent of 28mm. It is a wide-angle optic with an extended depth-of-field, high image sharpness, and rich contrast.
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 II ASPH lens to be released in 2014
Panasonic’s new lens consists of six elements split into five groups. The internal design consists of three aspherical elements that are meant to improve the image quality, which will be distortion-free and with minimum aberrations.
The Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 II ASPH lens features a stepping motor for quick, smooth, and quiet focusing when capturing both stills and videos. According to the company, the product is compatible with the high-speed Contrast AF technology found in Micro Four Thirds cameras.
The multi-coated elements of the lens will reduce ghosting and flare, further increasing the quality of the image. This product measures only 21mm / 8.1-inches in length and weighs just 55 grams / 0.12 lbs in order to complete its pancake-like design.
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 II ASPH lens will be released this fall for a price of $399.99.
Development of a Panasonic 30mm f/2.8 Macro lens confirmed
The Japan-based company has also confirmed that a 30mm f/2.8 Macro lens is in development. The optic will offer a 35mm equivalent of 60mm and will be designed for capturing close-up photos.
Panasonic says that its new lens will capture beautiful macro photos and that it will support 240fps high-speed autofocus.
In macro photography it is very important to keep your gear steady, so the upcoming 30mm f/2.8 Macro lens will include optical image stabilization.
The release date, price, and full specifications have not been provided for the time being, therefore we will have to wait a little longer to get all these details.