Panasonic G-Series Optics (Wide Angle, 3D-Capable and Super Zoom)


Panasonic has added a trio of new guns: a Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH wide-angle, a Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 OIS super zoom and most intriguing of the three, a “two-eyed” Lumix G 12.5mm f/12.5 3D lens designed to capture 3D imagery when used with Panasonic Lumix G-series cameras.

The hottie of the trio has got to be the Lumix G 12.5mm/f12.5 3D lens, an interchangeable, 4/3-format  dual-optic lens specifically designed to capture in-camera 3D imagery. When used on a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 digital camera, the new lens has the equivalent field of view of a 65mm lens (in 16:9).

As part of Panasonic’s 3D “ecosystem” of 3D-capable VIERA HD TVs and Blu-ray 3D disc players, the Lumix G 12.5mm f/12.5 3D lens makes it possible to easily capture and view 3D images that can be viewed hassle-free on Panasonic 3D VIERA HD TVs.

For wide-angle aficionados, Panasonic is wheeling out the Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH, a relatively fast 28mm-equivalent lens containing 6 elements in 5 groups (including aspheric lens surfaces), close-focusing down to 7″, and a low profile (it’s only 20.5mm “thick”), that should prove to be quite popular among street shooters, frequent “carry-on” flyers and backpackers alike.

For Lumix shooters with longer-distance needs, Panasonic is introducing the Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 OIS, which when used on a Micro Four Thirds-format camera, packs the effective range of a 200-600mm super zoom into a package that measures less than 5″ in length. The new zoom contains 17 elements in 12 groups (including an ED element), a contrast AF system, multicoating, close focusing down to 4.9′, and Panasonic’s MEGA O.I.S. image stabilization technology to smooth out the bumps when shooting under low lighting conditions.

Thursday, October 7, 2010 – 12:00am

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