Hot!!! Panasonic announces two new MFT lenses: 42,5mm f/1.7 and 30mm f/2.8 macro!

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UPDATE: The new lens preorders are online:
Panasonic LUMIX G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Panasonic LUMIX G MACRO 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

A bit strange but Panasonic just announced two new MFT lenses right after the end of the CP+ show!

The image on tops shows you the Panasonic Lumix G 42,5mm f/1.7 Mega OIS lens. And below you can see the picture of the Panasonic Lumix G 30mm f/2.8 Mega OIS macro.

The macro lens has a 1:1 magnification and 10,5cm close focusing distance. Price is 399 Euro.
The 42,5mm f/1.7 has a 31cm close focusing distance and also costs 399 Euro. It comes in Black and Silver.

Both will ship from May!

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Full press text and more images:

Panasonic has announced two new Micro Four Thirds lenses – the Lumix G 30mm Macro and 42.5mm portrait lens. 

Elegantly designed with a sharp, metallic black finish, the new 30mm macro lens perfectly matches the style of the latest LUMIX G interchangeable lens cameras. With a 30mm (35mm camera equivalent: 60 mm) wide angle and a high speed f/2.8 aperture, the lens provides sharp, high contrast image rendering. Utilising 1x life-size magnification, deep depth of field, and a focusing distance starting at just 0.105 m, the lens offers excellent performance even when shooting true-to-life macro shots.

A durable and reliable metal mount means the lens is perfectly suited for day-to-day use, while the multi-coated lens elements minimise ghosting and flaring to further enhance shooting performance. With a 240 fps Drive Auto Focus (AF) and MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), you can achieve fast, accurate focusing and stable framing with every shot.  

The 30mm macro will be available in black from May 2015. 

The new 42.5mm lens is available in sharp metallic black and silver, and delivers beautiful defocus to help you add more artistry and creativity into your photography. Offering a 42.5mm middle-telephoto focal distance (35mm camera equivalent: 85mm equivalent to 85mm on a 35mm camera), a high speed f/1.7 aperture, and a versatile focusing distance of 0.31 m, the lens can deliver portraits with a rich stereoscopic effect as well as close-ups with beautiful defocus.

The lens’ POWER O.I.S. system effectively compensates unwanted blur caused by handshake – not only small, fast movements but also large, slow ones – helping you get the results you want, even in low light situations. The POWER O.I.S system, alongside the 240fps Drive AF, delivers stable framing and precise focusing every time.

The 42.5mm portrait lens is available in black and silver from May 2015. 

press text via ePhotozine.

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