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.