I have no idea what the guys in the video above are saying, but I do know they’re talking about CP+, and they seem pretty excited.
Maybe it’s because there’s no less than FIVE (count ’em, FIVE) micro 4/3 lenses that have been announced at the event so far. There are the 3 new Sigma lenses that we already told you about, and there are two more, as reported by MirrorlessRumors. Looks like another banner year for micro 4/3!
First up, it’s Panasonic with an update (or replacement) to their mediocre 14-42mm kit lens. The new 14-42mm lens will have the look of Panasonic’s X Lens Lineup and is touted to be video optimized, complete with zoom motors that are nice and quiet, and will be available with the Lumix GF5 and the Lumix G5.
Here’s the Press Release from Panasonic
Panasonic is pleased to announce a new compact standard zoom lens LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. for LUMIX G based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard. LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. offers a versatile zoom range of 14-42 mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 28-84 mm) suitable for a wide range of situations from landscape to portrait. Comprising of 9 elements in 8 groups, the lens system adopts 2 aspherical lenses to achieve further reduction of both size and weight yet maintaining its high optical performance at entire zoom range. The inner focus system driven by a stepping motor assures astonishing comfort to take maximum advantage of high speed contrast AF system and in video recording.
Panasonic’s MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) makes it easy to shoot super clear shots even at tele end or in low-lit situations by suppressing the blur caused by a hand shake.
With its minimum focus distance of 0.2 m (14-20 mm) / 0.3 m (21-42 mm) even at full zoom, the new lens provides a maximum photographic magnification of 0.17x (35 mm camera equivalent: 0.34x). 7 aperture blades consists a circular aperture diaphragm and produces an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas even shooting at large aperture.
The new LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. for LUMIX G is refined in its external design to offer metallic color options of black and silver to offer stylish look on the digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) cameras of LUMIX G in shooting creative snapshots.
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||FourThirds|
|Focal length||14 – 42 mm|
|Image stabilisation||Yes (Mega OIS)|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Maximum aperture||F3.5 – F5.6|
|Number of diaphragm blades||7|
|Aperture notes||Circular aperture|
|Special elements / coatings||2 aspherical lenses|
|Minimum focus||0.20 m (7.87″)|
|Maximum magnification||0.34 x|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||110 g (0.24 lb)|
|Diameter||56 mm (2.20″)|
|Length||49 mm (1.93″)|
|Filter thread||46 mm|
|Filter notes||Does not rotate on focusing|
|Hood product code||n/a|
Next Up, it’s Tamron…
(via the Phoblographer) Tamron has announced another lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. Tamron of course, is a company that has become famous for its superzoom lenses, and Tamron’s new MFT lens features a whopping 10.7x zoom factor, ranging from 14 to 150mm (or 28 to 300mm equivalent to 35mm full-frame). This is now the third superzoom lens in the Micro Four Thirds lineup, after Panasonic’s original 14-140mm HD lens that was introduced with the legendary GH1, and Olympus’ 14-150mm lens. From the looks of it, the ’14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III VC’ is quite a bit smaller than the two aforementioned lenses. So let’s hope it will also be a great performer optically. For the full tech specs, head past the break.
- Focal length: 14-150mm (28-300mm equivalent)
- Max. Aperture: f3.5-5.8
- Min. Aperture: f22
- Optics: 17 lens elements in 13 groups, featuring one LD (Low Dispersion) glass element, two molded-glass aspherical elements and one hybrid aspherical element
- Min. focus distance: 0.5m (19.7″)
- Filter size: 52mm
- Dimensions: 85.2 x 63mm mm (3.35 x 2.48″)
- Weight: 280g (9.9 oz.)
Pricing and availability have not been disclosed thus far.
My 2 Cents
More high quality lenses for me to slap on to my G5, GH2 and soon, GH3… Bring it on!!!