Lumix Promises 100-400mm Super Zoom
LUMIX PROMISES 100-400mm SUPER ZOOM
I’m writing this at the airport having just landed in the town of Longyearbyen, Norway. I’ve been on a ship, much of the time spent in the pack ice north of the archipelago of Spitsbergen searching for polar bears and other arctic wildlife. While I was away from the Internet, Panasonic announced the wonderful new lens they shared with me when Panasonic executives came to visit my office earlier this month. Finally, serious MFT lens for the Lumix cameras that will help me produce wildlife and ensure images like the ones in this blog post.
So now I can spill the beans in case you haven’t already heard. We’re finally getting a super telephoto in the range of 100-400mm that should have spectacular lens characteristics based on the fact it’s branded with the Leica logo. If it’s half the lens my other favorite Leica/Lumix lens, the 43.5mm F/1.2, it will be a knockout.
Remember, all Micro Four Thirds lenses need to be multiplied by two, so this lens will be a comparable 200-800mm F/4-6.3. 800mm at f/6.3, that’s only 1/3 of a stop less than 5.6 for goodness sakes.
This should finally be the lens I’ve been wishing and hoping for that will allow me to capture wildlife and nature as I’ve done with my Nikon system for so many years. Only now at 1/3 the cost and 1/3 the size and weight. Here’s some text from the Panasonic Lumix Press Release.
Panasonic is developing the first LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 telephoto zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 200-800mm) for the Micro Four Thirds system standard to expand the lineup of DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) digital interchangeable lenses.
The LEICA DG lenses are designed and developed under the stringent quality standard certified by Leica that boast excellent optical performance. Four single focal length LEICA DG lenses have already introduced to the market and have been highly acclaimed by users worldwide2.
The new telephoto zoom achieves exceptional imaging performance over the entire zoom range. It also features high speed digital signal exchange at 240 fps to comply with the high-speed, high-precision AF (Auto Focus) with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology on LUMIX G cameras. Together with the POWER O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer), it lets users to focus on the target quickly to capture crisp, clear images. In addition, the new lens is both light and small and is splash/dust-proof to withstand heavy field use. As the new telephoto zoom lens excels in size and weight, it enables handheld 800mm (35mm camera equivalent) telephoto shooting without using a tripod.
Along with the large zoom Lumix also announced another new lens, a 25mm F/1.7 as well as the highly anticipated Lumix GX8 camera. The GX8 seems to finally nail down a great form factor with MFT quality. It will feature a new 20.3 megapixel sensor and a form factor more like the LX100. It won’t be quite as small as the LX100 but it will be much more capable. Looks like a great new small form factor camera.