New Panasonic lenses to be announced on May 21st

The Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras is listed as discontinued at B&H and it seems that Panasonic will have an announcement next week:

After a meeting with Panasonic, the Italian website Lucidistorte accidentally leaked that the new Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH Power O.I.S lens will be announced on May 21th. Maybe Panasonic will announce also the new Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 ASPH Power O.I.S lens that was on display at CES 2012:


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  • al.ban

    ‘mistake’ and ‘leak’ should stop hanging out together …

    • Harold Ellis

      sorry, till 18-50 f2 zoom appears, µ4/3 is lol

  • Zaph

    Mistakenly, or accidentally? (that is, is it untrue, or true?)

  • Mikael

    Bulky zooms, bulky zooms, bulky zooms. On such a compact system it doesn’t make sense to me. Can someone please make a good quality 17mm pancake so I can buy that OM-D EM-5 and switch to m43 now? I’m afraid the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 does not count as “good quality”.

    • If the overall camera size is critical to you, why would you buy EM-5? Go for Panasonic GX1 or G3 😉

      Panasonic zooms are very small for what they are: having constant f/2.8 with internal zoom & focus, both the 12-35 and 35-100mm are rather compact.

      You may also notice that Olympus can use Panasonic micro 4/3 lenses as well 🙂 Thus, just get Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 or 14mm f/2.5 pancakes.

  • z

    Bulky zoom? Compared to the APS-C equivalent, this is tiny.

    Oly 17mm is a crap. Buy 14mm and 20mm you won’t regret it.

  • Remedy

    This 7-14mm is gonna be such an awesome lens. I almost envy those lucky bastards with m4/3s.

    • …or more likely, there’s no new lens and the 7-14/4 hasn’t been discontinued and is going to soldier on as-is. Stuff gets ‘discontinued’ at B&H all the time.

      The existing lens enjoys a good rep but is quite high-priced for a m4/3 lens.

      Obviously f/2.8 zooms aren’t necessarily for the masses but are a good inclusion in the system for those who want them — just like with APS-C. These should be relatively compact if the concepts’ 58mm filter size is any indication. Still, ergonomically I’m sure they’ll be most sensible on EM-5 and GH-series bodies. I predict that these lenses will not be cheap and that there will be quite a few disappointed m4/3 fans.

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