Panasonic G X Vario 14-42mm Premium pancake Lens Revealed

August 27, 2011

Panasonic is making a lot of efforts improving its current Micro Four Thirds gear, making smaller cameras and lenses. On 26 August 2011, Panasonic has announced a brand new Micro Four Third lens, the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 OIS pancake lens. Some people refer to this lens as a “game changer” and there are a few good reasons why. The G X Vario PZ 14-42mm is the first digital interchangeable power zoom lens. A very compact high optical quality lens, featuring Panasonic’s latest technologies, including Nano Surface Coating for reducing ghost and flare, Power O.I.S. image stabilization and Light Speed AF.

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS pancake

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS pancake Lens

You probably notices that this new Micro 43 lens has an Xin its name. The ‘X’ signifies a new range of Lumix lenses are Panasonic’s vision for ultra-high quality and premium optic technologies. As for the current date, Panasonic has two Lumix X lenses for the Micro Four Thirds, including the 14-42mm and the 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 lens.

What’s so unique about the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm (H-PS14042) pancake lens is its very compact size. It’s a collapsible zoom lens with a retractable design that was specially engineered to provide the maximum portability for this type of lens. On a Micro Four Thirds camera, the Panasonic Lumix G X 14-42mm lens is equivalent to 28-84mm, a very useful zoom range that covers a wide range of photographic applications, including landscape and up to portrait shots at its longest telephoto focal length. The LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ POWER O.I.S. promises high contrast, sharp and high quality images at the highest standards. Some people have referred to those lenses as the “L-lenses” for the Micro Four Thirds.

The Panasonic X Vario PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / Power O.I.S was optimized to provide the most enjoyable movie recording experience, when coupled with a Panasonic Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. It features a  circular aperture diaphragm for nice smooth background blur effect, silent internal focusing (must for videos) and continuous AF/AE function for both stills and videos.  The lens accepts φ52mm filters and weights 165g. Furthermore, the lens is constructed with 9 elements in 8 groups, has 4 aspherical elements, 2 ED glass elements and the Nano surface coating to minimize ghost and flare.

Worth mentioning that Panasonic already have another 14-42mm lens, the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 Mega O.I.S. lens (note, not Power O.I.S. as the pancake one). The previous model is much larger in size compared to the new X premium model. The G X 14-42mm is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds cameras according to Panasonic.

The lens works similar to other power-zoom lenses. When you power the camera, the lens extends, so it keeps it minimal size while being not in use. That helps keep everything very compact, making this lens a perfect KIT lens for those who can afford it. Talking about availability, the lens will be available as part of the Panasonic Lumix GF3X Kit for $749.99 (SRP) or as a standalone for $399.99, starting from October 2011.

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