Panasonic announces new X Series Standard Zoom Lens with F2.8 brightness across the entire zoom range

LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-HS12035E)

Sydney, 3pm, May 21, 2012 – Panasonic is proud to announce a new Micro Four Thirds digital interchangeable standard zoom lens – the LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-HS12035E) (35 mm camera equivalent: 24-70 mm) for the LUMIX G Micro System.

This new X lens provides superb image rendering with F2.8 brightness across the entire zoom range. It is suitable for capturing a wide range of scenes from dynamic landscapes to portraits, taking advantage of features such as stunning defocus and fast shutter speed.

Crystallising Panasonic’s optical technologies, the lens features superb image rendering for lifelike textures, crisp edge-to-edge contrast, and a unique Nano Surface Coating for minimal ghosts and flare.

The lens design is downsized, making it very compact for this class of lens at 305 grams; and is designed to be dust and splash resistant with a rubber ring on the lens mount. It has a sophisticated metallic finish.

The new lens will be available in Australia in July. Pricing will be announced closer to the release date. It is the third model in the X Series lens family, which also includes Panasonic’s Power Zoom models -  the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-PS14042) and the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-PS45175).

Alistair Robins, Group Marketing Manager, LUMIX, Panasonic Australia, said: “This new fast zoom lens with a fixed F2.8 aperture has been developed using our key LUMIX lens technologies, including POWER O.I.S and a Nano Surface Coating to deliver the very best in image quality.”

“It’s the ideal lens to carry with you as despite its impressive brightness and focal length, it is still very small and lightweight at just 305 grams, and offers dust and splash-resistant features,” he added.

Key features

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 for the entire zoom range.

Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology minimises reflection across the entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying an extra-low refractive index coating with a nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens. The result is amazingly clear images with dramatic reduction of ghosts and flare.

The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) 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 movements but also large, slow ones, making it easy to shoot very clear shots even in low-lit situations such as in night time or indoors.

The zoom lens comprises 14 lenses in 9 groups. The UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lens minimises chromatic aberration while the UHR (Ultra High Reflective) lens realises high descriptive performance from corner to corner. It features high contrast and resolution from the center to the corner at the entire zoom range. The inclusion of 4 aspherical lenses achieves a downsized lens unit that is extremely compact – measuring around 73.8 mm in length and around 305 g in weight for high mobility.

The superior inner focus system provides excellent resolution and contrast without changing its overall length from full life-size magnification to infinity. The inclusion of a stepping motor makes the focusing action smooth and silent for use in both photo and video recording. When mounted on LUMIX G Micro System cameras, 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. The camera has a durable, reliable metal mount.

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