In addition to the previously announced Panasonic products, the company also added some new glass to its arsenal of high-quality micro four thirds lenses. The newly announced 12-16mm F/2.8-4 ASPH is the first lens introduced into the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit F/2.8-4 series and covers a full frame equivalent field of view roughly 24-120mm.
The lens is optically made up of 12 glass elements in 12 groups, with four aspherical lenses and two ED lenses. Possibly the most interesting feature of this new lens is its Power OIS system, which allows for 5-axis stabilization when paired with cameras making use of a stabilized sensor.
The lens has also been coated with Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating and has been designed to withstand freezing temperatures of down to -10 celsius. It is also internally focusing, so no front element movement.
Panasonic says that at least two more lenses will be coming in this lineup, including an 8-18mm and a 50-200mm. But no timeline has been given for those lenses. No pricing or availability was announced for the 12-60mm either, so stay tuned for that once it is made available to us.
Refreshing the entire LUMIX G Line
Panasonic also made the big announcement that the company will be refreshing their entire line of Lumix G lenses adding their new POWER OIS technology into each lens. The lenses will be available in February and March of this year.
- LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 II ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. ($999, March)
- LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm / F2.8 II / POWER O.I.S. ($1099 March)
- LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S. ($499 February)
- LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S. ($649 February)