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Spanning a versatile focal length range while retaining a compact form factor, the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. Power OIS from Panasonic is a slim 28-84mm equivalent zoom for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. Contributing to its sleek profile, the optical design uses four aspherical elements to also reduce spherical aberrations and distortion throughout the zoom range. A pair of extra-low dispersion elements are also featured, to control chromatic aberrations and colour fringing, and a Nano Surface Coating has been applied to suppress flare and ghosting. Additionally, the lens uses a stepping AF motor and internal focus design for quick and quiet focusing performance and Power OIS helps to compensate for the effects of camera shake in order to deliver sharper imagery when shooting handheld.
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Crystallising Panasonic's optical technologies, the "X" lens features superb image rendering for lifelike textures, crisp edge-to-edge contrast, a unique Nano Surface Coating for minimal ghosts and flaring and natural atmospheres with remarkable transparency.
Although the lens is not a single focal length lens but is a zoom lens, the retractable-type zoom lens boasts outstanding compactness with approx. 26.8 mm* in length and approx. 95g in weight to realise ultra-high mobility. Notably, the astonishingly short overall length is realised by the inclusion of 4 aspherical lenses. The zoom lever on the lens barrel gives the user stable zooming while manual focusing is also available with manual focus lever for more precise control.
*When the lens is retracted.
The Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. Power O.I.S. lens offers a versatile zoom range of 14-42 mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 28-84 mm) suitable for a wide range of scenes from dynamic landscape to portrait. Comprising of 9 lenses in 8 groups, the lens system features excellent contrast at entire zoom range. The inclusion of 4 aspherical lenses that helps to achieve the downsizing of the lens unit also improves optical performance by minimising distortion, even at the 28 mm wide end. The 2 ED lenses effectively compensate for the chromatic aberration.
Plus, Panasonic's Nano Surface Coating technology is adopted to minimise the reflection at the entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens. It results in the super clear picture with a dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.
The Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) which is newly integrated into the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. makes it easy to shoot super clear shots even in low-lit situations such as in night time or indoors. With the improved sensitivity of the gyro sensor, the new Power O.I.S. suppresses large, slow movement 2x more effectively**.
**Compared with the conventional Mega O.I.S..
When mounted on the cameras of Lumix G Micro System, users can take advantage of the contrast AF system and the convenient functions applied from it. Adopting an inner focus system driven by a stepping motor, the superior optical design realizes outstanding smoothness to support the high-speed AF system of LUMIX G cameras. It achieves approx. 0.1 second Light Speed AF*** thanks to the downsizing of the focus lens and its amount of movement. By speeding up the aperture control, shutter time lag is also shortened by approx. 40% compared with the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm / f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. Mega O.I.S..****
***The time for focusing on the subject is measured with the DMC-GF3 to move the lens position to "2m" from "infinity" position at wide-end. The firmware of the GF3 must be updated to Ver.1.1 or later. Panasonic measurement method.
****Measured with DMC-GF3. The time required to start exposure after the shutter button is fully pressed after the lens position is moved from "infinity" to "2m". The zoom position is at wide-end. The firmware of the GF3 must be updated to Ver.1.1 or later. Panasonic measurement method. 8226; Four Thirds™ and Micro Four Thirds™, and Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds Logo marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Olympus Imaging Corporation, in Japan, the United States, the European Union and other countries.
With its minimum focus distance of 0.2m (14-20mm) / 0.3m (21-42mm), the new lens provides a maximum photographic magnification of 0.34x (35 mm equivalent). 7 aperture blades consist of a circular aperture diaphragm and produce an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas even shooting at large aperture.
Offering more fashionable, sophisticated look with two colour option of black and silver, the new Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH. Power O.I.S. perfectly matches any colour of cameras from Lumix G Micro System to be a part of the photographic life.
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