Panasonic has patented a new lens, aimed at Micro Four Thirds cameras, which features a fixed focal length of 12mm, a maximum aperture of f/1.2, and built-in optical image stabilization.
The future of the Micro Four Thirds mount is bright, both literally and figuratively. Panasonic has just patented the mother of all wide-angle lenses, which would become an insta-buy for all photographers using a mirrorless camera with an MFT mount.
The product in question consists of a 12mm f/1.2 optic, which is also packing an integrated optical image stabilization technology to compensate for any camera shakes.
Panasonic patents 12mm lens with f/1.2 aperture and built-in OIS
Panasonic appears to be aiming to eliminate competition in the wide-angle area. The 12mm lens patent is describing an optic with an ultra-bright maximum aperture of f/1.2.
In order to make sure that photos will not turn out blurry, the company has also added optical image stabilization to the 12mm f/1.2 lens.
This will become the perfect combination and it will certainly be better than any of the wide-angle lenses currently available for Micro Four Thirds cameras.
The lens includes a bright aperture and OIS, so taking photos in low-light conditions should no longer pose problems to MFT users.
Panasonic 12mm f/1.2 OIS lens patent describes multiple variations of the product
As usual, we have to remind our readers that this is just a patent, which means that it does not mean that an actual product will come out of it.
Companies are patenting new products all the time, but only a fraction of them make it to the market, so do not hold your breath over a Panasonic 12mm f/1.2 OIS lens.
In this case, Panasonic has patented multiple variations of a 12mm lens. The list includes an f/1.4 version with optical image stabilization as well as two other units without OIS.
The f/2 and f/2.8 would not offer OIS if they were to be released on the market, so we are sure that Micro Four Thirds photographers would prefer the f/1.2 model with image stabilization technology.
Olympus has bright plans for Micro Four Thirds users, too
Olympus is also aiming to expand its MFT lens line-up. According to an inside source, the Japanese manufacturer is developing a prime lens with an ultra-fast aperture.
The details are rather sketchy right now, but such model would compete against the Panasonic-developed Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 lens in the event of getting released on the market.
We are expecting some new details, therefore we are urging our readers to stay tuned to Camyx!