Hot on the heels of the announcement of its new Lumix G X range of premium micro four thirds lenses, we spotted two potential new additions to the lineup at Panasonic's booth at IFA. The two new models were in prototype form but we were told they were potential designs for future models arriving in 2012.
The first was a telephoto zoom with a focal length range of 35-100mm while the second was a wideangle zoom with a range of 12-35mm. Both will employ Panasonic's Power OIS image stabilisation and will have the powered zoom of the existing X series lenses, allowing you to zoom smoothly while shooting video.
The lenses were still very much in prototype phase, with no word on aperture ranges, no lever for the powered zoom and even the focal ranges were stickers, but it was strongly suggested these would be the basic designs for future lenses in the range. The prototypes also didn't appear to fold flat as on the 14-42mm X lens.
These lenses will no doubt excite those that were somewhat disappointed that the current X series lenses only offer the same zoom range as the existing standard lenses for Panasonic's micro four thirds cameras (in fact, the X series telephoto zoom has a shorter range). Unless you were particularly taken by the smaller bodies of these X lenses there was little reason to upgrade. The prototype wide angle zoom, in particular, will be a tempting proposition for an everyday lens.
Announced last week the X series of lenses are the new premium lens range for Panasonic's micro four thirds compact system camera range (models such as the Panasonic Lumix G3 and Panasonic Lumix GF3). They offer inbuilt Power OIS image stabilisation, premium build, powered zooms operated by a lever on the side, and more compact bodies than existing lenses. Available in focal length ranges of 12-42mm and 45-175mm, the 12-42mm model has a collapsible design that makes it 58% smaller when turned off than its predecessor. These two current models will be available in October for around £350 and £400 respectively.