A new Panasonic 12-32mm lens is rumored to be announced alongside the upcoming ultra compact Micro Four Thirds camera this October.
October looks like it is going to be a very interesting month. Plenty of new digital cameras as well as lenses are rumored to be unveiled next month. A big imaging event is scheduled for late October so multiple products might be launched during that show, called PhotoPlus Expo.
The rumor mill has long speculated that an ultra-small Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera will be launched this year. However, the evidence has not been very convincing so far and the shooter is still not here.
Panasonic 12-32mm lens launching along with ultra-compact Micro Four Thirds camera
The company’s GF3 remains its smallest MFT camera, but the upcoming GX### / GF### / G### will take over the reigns soon. Moreover, it seems like it is not coming alone, as a Panasonic 12-32mm lens will also become official this October.
Sources are reporting that the new optic will be a pancake model, but it will not come packed with PZ technology. The lack of PZ means that users will not find an electric-powered zoom in the product. In turn, this means that zooming will not be as smooth as usual and focusing will not be so quiet.
This will probably not affect all users, but it will surely be a major downside for those who enjoy the video features in their Micro Four Thirds cameras. However the advantage is the decreased price.
New Panasonic MFT camera and 12-32mm pancake lens will be sold as a kit
Panasonic is already selling a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ lens. It is a pancake version which can be purchased for $287.88 through Amazon. It provides a 35mm format equivalent of 28-84mm, while the upcoming non-PZ version will offer a 35mm focal range equivalent of 24-64mm.
It is very likely that the ultra-compact MFT camera and the 12-32mm lens will be offered as a kit. It should be a very cheap one and it will compete against less expensive models from Fujifilm and Olympus among others.
Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 price should finally become official
Last but not least, it is worth noting that the Japanese company will officialize the price of the recently-announced Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 lens. It will offer a 35mm equivalent of 85mm for MFT cameras.
Micro Four Thirds photographers should be aware that this might be a very expensive product, so they should start saving money, if they want to buy it.