Panasonic announce Leica 45mm (90mm-e) f/2.8 macro

Panasonic has also announced today the Leica 45mm (90mm-e) f/2.8 macro. Remember, Panasonic make these in Japan under under license from Leica, but it's not inconceivable that we will see something from them, an mFT camera perhaps (though they have denied the intention to produce one). All will be revealed on the 09/09/09, though I have to say it's most likely a re-branded version of the GF1.

A New Micro Four Thirds Digital Interchangeable Lens
with Outstanding Image Quality and High Mobility

Panasonic today unveiled a new macro lens from world renowned imaging brand Leica. The LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (35mm camera equivalent: 90mm) is the latest edition to the LUMIX G Micro System.

Eagerly anticipated by photographer enthusiasts worldwide, the new LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. boasts a superb image quality with minimum distortion, chromatic aberrations as well as ghosts and flares that passes a stringent Leica standard to go beyond expectations.

The new lens system uses both an aspherical lens and an ED lens in its fourteen lenses in ten groups to achieve outstanding compactness, taking advantage of the Micro Four Thirds standard to achieve dramatic downsizing while minimizing distortion and chromatic aberration. Panasonic's Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses the blurring that is commonly caused by hand-shake, making it easy to shoot sharply focused macro shots and produce detailed images in dimly lit places without using a tripod.

It incorporates an inner focus system of three groups of floating structure which enables 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 movie recording. The closest focusing distance can be instantly changed to 15cm or 50 cm(0.5 ft to 1.64 ft) with the switch on the lens barrel according to the shooting opportunity. The LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens also excels in portraits, middle-range snapshot, or landscapes in addition to the original full life-size macro shots.

When mounted on the LUMIX G Micro System Camera, the new lens allows use of the advanced contrast AF system, which includes a Face Recognition function, for more convenient, more enjoyable shooting. Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractive smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. The new LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens also features a highly reliable metal mount, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its optical performance.


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