News from Panasonic these days seems to center around their new Full Frame S1 and S1R Full Frame cameras, but today is different. Panasonic has announced that they will be revisiting and releasing a new, improved version of the Leica Summilux 25mm lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The announcement of the Leica DG Summilux F1.4 II ASPH lens shows that new glass is still being made for the platform and that users have lots to look forward to. Join us after the break for more details about this new piece of Leica branded glass.
On the Micro Four Thirds platform, this new Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f1.4 lens will have an equivalent focal length of 50mm, and the f1.4 aperture will be more like f2.8. So, if you have been jonesing for a new 50mm f2.8 lens for your Olympus or Panasonic M4/3 camera, you’re in luck. This might be the one that you have been waiting for to add to your collection of lenses for portraits, street photography, or event work.
Panasonic’s Leica Summilux 25mm lens consists of nine elements in seven groups. The lens uses two aspherical lenses and one UHR (Ultra High Refractive) index lens. Panasonic says that these elements have been used to achieve uniform sharpness from the center of the frame to the edges, even when shot wide open. Panasonic claims that this 50mm f2.8 equivalent lens can produce gorgeous bokeh too. Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating has been used on the glass and should help reduce ghosting and flares.
The Leica Summilux 25mm lens features an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor. According to Panasonic, this will mean that the lens will offer smooth, silent performance for both video and photography work. The lens is also compatible with the sensor drive at 240 fps to take advantage of cameras with high-speed AF. The lens is also splash and dust resistant. The Leica DG Summilux 25mm f1.4 II ASPH will be hitting store shelves this October, and it will have a retail price of $699.99. For more information head on over to the official Panasonic website.