The biggest mirrorless lens family gets even bigger.
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Micro Four Thirds enjoys the biggest lens family of any mirrorless system, and today it added two more members at Photokina 2014: an updated 14mm f/2.5 prime and a 35-100mm f/4-5.6 super zoom.
The compact Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 II ASPH uses 6 lenses in 5 groups (including 3 aspherical elements) to produce a 28mm equivalent field of view on M43 cameras. The updated lens uses a stepping motor for smooth, silent autofocus, and seven rounded aperture blades are said to produce smooth bokeh at wide apertures. Multi-coated lens elements allegedly minimize ghosting and flare.
The 14mm f/2.5 II will be available in black and silver finishes, and should hit stores in mid-November.
Also announced today was a new super zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds. The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4-5.6 offers a 70-200mm equivalent field of view in a lightweight package—a hobbyist alternative to the pro-quality G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 Panasonic released last year. The classic focal range is perfect for everything from portraits to sports.
The new lens uses 12 elements in 9 groups, with 2 ED lenses to minimize colored fringing of high-contrast subjects. Also onboard is Panasonic’s Mega O.I.S. image stabilization, to help make sure users get sharp images even at 200mm equivalent. Finally, this lens uses internal focusing and stepping motor autofocus—two features that noticeably improve the user experience.
The 35-100mm f/4-5.6 zoom will go on sale in mid-November.
Finally, Panasonic also announced that it has begun commercial development of a new 30mm f/2.8 Macro lens for Micro Four Thirds. No word on when we can expect it to arrive on store shelves, though, so don't start holding your breath just yet.