The new Panasonic 14-42mm has now been officially announced. And it is certainly a nice upgrade although I imagine that not everyone was exactly looking forward for it :)
Here is the official press release from Panasonic:
Panasonic is pleased to announce a new compact standard zoom lens LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. for LUMIX G based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard. LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. offers a versatile zoom range of 14-42 mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 28-84 mm) suitable for a wide range of situations from landscape to portrait. Comprising of 9 elements in 8 groups, the lens system adopts 2 aspherical lenses to achieve further reduction of both size and weight yet maintaining its high optical performance at entire zoom range. The inner focus system driven by a stepping motor assures astonishing comfort to take maximum advantage of high speed contrast AF system and in video recording.
Panasonic’s MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) makes it easy to shoot super clear shots even at tele end or in low-lit situations by suppressing the blur caused by a hand shake.
With its minimum focus distance of 0.2 m (14-20 mm) / 0.3 m (21-42 mm) even at full zoom, the new lens provides a maximum photographic magnification of 0.17x (35 mm camera equivalent: 0.34x). 7 aperture blades consists a circular aperture diaphragm and produces an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas even shooting at large aperture.
The new LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. for LUMIX G is refined in its external design to offer metallic color options of black and silver to offer stylish look on the digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) cameras of LUMIX G in shooting creative snapshots.
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||FourThirds|
|Focal length||14 – 42 mm|
|Image stabilisation||Yes (Mega OIS)|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Maximum aperture||F3.5 – F5.6|
|Number of diaphragm blades||7|
|Aperture notes||Circular aperture|
|Special elements / coatings||2 aspherical lenses|
|Minimum focus||0.20 m (7.87″)|
|Maximum magnification||0.34 x|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||110 g (0.24 lb)|
|Diameter||56 mm (2.20″)|
|Length||49 mm (1.93″)|
|Filter thread||46 mm|
|Filter notes||Does not rotate on focusing|
|Hood product code||n/a|