Panasonic lens roadmap for 2016-2017

Panasonic had their 2016-2017 lens roadmap on display at Photokina - three new lenses are expected (currently under development):

  • Leica DG 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 standard zoom lens (expected 2016)
  • Leica DG 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 wide zoom lens (expected 2017)
  • Leica DG 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0 telephoto zoom lens (expected 2017)

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  • ZMWT

    Anyone tried Leica lenses for Panasonic? First hand experience?

    • markz

      yeh, had a couple of weeks play with a co-workers Lumix/Leica 15mm 1.7 – very happy with it, build quality is nice doesn’t lose that much on size to the 20mm pancake and has MUCH faster focusing (though personally in thousands of images shot with the 20mm I’ve only had it hunt once so my experiences goes against most forum complaints). IQ not really noticeably better than the 20 1.7, but the 20 is quite a well rated lens, noticeably better IQ than the 14mm pancake across the frame though not so huge a difference in the centre.

      If you already owned the 14 pancake you might have a hard time justifying it but if going from a kit zoom it would be well worth the premium as a “one prime lens” travel kit

      • ZMWT

        Thank you for your kind reply. I tried the other day Panasonic GX8 and the 12-35/2.8 zoom, and also saw those Leica lenses, including the 100-400. And I was impressed, really. m4/3 has come a long way and judging by the effort put into it, and in the lenses, Panasonic and Leica are taking it very seriously.

    • Daniel

      I have the Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm f1.4 lens, and it’s easily the best, brightest, and sharpest lens in my kit. Perfect for street photography, even at night. I can even use it handheld at night in urban areas and stay around ISO 1600, which is still quite reasonable in terms of noise on my Olympus Pen E-PL5 camera body.

      The autofocus is lightning-fast too. Highly recommended, although a bit bulkier than you might expect.

      On the other hand, Panasonic’s 20mm f1.7 pancake might just be all the lens you need for street photography. It’s significantly more compact, and you can probably find it for less money. I just happened to find my 25mm f1.4 used on Craigslist for a steal, so I couldn’t pass it up.

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