Panasonic has officially announced the Lumix G X 12-35mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S. lens for Micro Four Thirds. This lens has been in development for some time now, we first saw the prototype behind glass at CP+ 2012 back in February, but Panasonic is now confirming its release.
It's an exciting lens because the 12-35mm is the 35mm equivalent of the classic 24-70mm zoom lens for DSLR cameras, with the same f/2.8 fixed aperture across the entire zoom range - depending on how it performs, this could very well become a staple lens in every MFT enthusiast's camera bag. No word yet on the other lens we saw behind glass, the 35-100 f/2.8, which would round up the other classic 35mm equivalent range of 70-200mm.
The official press release follows:
Panasonic is proud to announce a new digital interchangeable standard zoom lens LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-HS12035) (35 mm camera equivalent: 24-70 mm) for the LUMIX G Micro System.
Crystallizing Panasonic's optical technologies, the "X" lens features superb image rendering for lifelike textures, crisp edge-to-edge contrast, a unique Nano Surface Coating for minimal ghost and flare and natural atmospheres with remarkable transparency.
The new LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. lens offers a versatile zoom range of 12-35mm (35mm camera equivalent: 24-70mm) featuring F2.8 brightness at entire zoom range. It is suitable for capturing a wide range of scenes from dynamic landscape to portrait taking advantage of beautiful defocus or fast shutter speed.
Panasonic's Nano Surface Coating technology is adopted to minimize the reflection at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens. It results in the super clear picture with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.
The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) which is newly integrated in the LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. effectively compensates for not only small, fast movement but also large, slow one making it easy to shoot super clear shots even in low-lit situations such as in night time or indoors.
Comprising of 14 lenses in 9 groups, the UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lens minimize chromatic aberration while the UHR (Ultra High Refractive) lens realizes high descriptive performance from corner to corner. It features high contrast and resolution from the center to the corner at entire zoom range, making it possible to capture the details of a scenery and a portrait with rich perspective. The inclusion of 4 aspherical lenses that helps achieving the downsizing of lens unit to boast outstanding compactness with approx. 73.8 mm in length and approx. 305 g in weight for high mobility.
It incorporates superior inner focus system, which enables excellent resolution and contrast without changing its overall length from full life-size magnification to infinity. The inclusion of stepping motor makes the focusing action smooth and silent for use in both photo and video recording. When mounted on the cameras of LUMIX G Micro System, users can take advantage of the high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF system.
Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth defocus effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. Highly reliable metal mount endures long time use.
Designed to stand against splash/dust with a rubber ring on the lens mount, the sophisticated metallic-finished look of the LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. suits the profile of stylish camera body of LUMIX G Micro System.