Las Vegas, NV—Panasonic introduced a standard zoom, digital interchangeable lens: the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12–60mm f/2.8–4.0 Asph/Power OIS with a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 24–120mm. It is the first lens to be introduced in Panasonic’s Leica DG Vario-Elmarit f/2.8–4.0 compact lens series.
Covering a focusing distance from ultrawide angle to super telephoto, the new lens series was developed to achieve “exceptionally high descriptiveness for both photo and video recording,” Panasonic announced. All of the lenses in the series feature a 9-blade diaphragm that gives the aperture a rounded shape. This allows the lens to produce a smooth bokeh effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings.
All the lenses also take advantage of Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosts and flaring. They additionally boast a rugged, dust/splashproof design and are freezeproof down to 14ºF to withstand use under harsh conditions. “High-quality video recording capability is also one of the advantages of this lens series,” added Panasonic.
The new Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12–60mm f/2.8–4.0 Asph/Power OIS provides a 5x zoom range of 24–120mm. It’s designed to cover a variety of daily shooting situations, from landscapes to portraits, even in low light.
The lens comprises 14 elements in 12 groups. It features four aspherical lenses as well as two ED (extra-low dispersion) lenses to suppress spherical distortion or chromatic aberration.
In addition to the wide aperture, the lens’s Power OIS (optical image stabilizer) is said to effectively compensate for blurring. Additionally, Power OIS is said to be effective in dim lighting. The lens works with the dual IS, 5-axis dual IS and 5-axis dual IS 2 systems when mounted on an applicable Panasonic Lumix digital single-lens mirrorless camera.
In addition, a linear motor enables the camera to comply with the sensor drive at 240 frames per sec (max) to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed, high-precision contrast autofocus systems. It also helps to reduce wobbling.
Notably, the new lens excels in video recording performance,” added Panasonic. “In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner-focus drive system, the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section helps the camera to smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming. The AF tracking performance in zooming is also improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.”
Offered in a metallic black finish, the new Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12–60mm f/2.8–4.0 Asph/Power OIS matches Panasonic’s Lumix G mirrorless cameras. Pricing and available are yet to be announced.
Leica DG Vario-Elmarit f/2.8–4.0 Series
The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit f/2.8–4.0 lens series will expand with additional lenses. An 8–18mm (16–36mm equivalent) wide zoom lens and 50–200mm (100–400mm equivalent) telephoto zoom lens are presently under development. panasonic.com