Panasonic is rumored to be working on a new 35-100mm lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras which will feature a slower aperture than the f/2.8 version that is currently available on the market.
In recent times it has been revealed that Panasonic has cancelled its plans to release a long telephoto zoom lens with a bright aperture. Instead, the company has decided to focus on lower-end and smaller optics that would fit the new GM series.
The Panasonic GM1 is the smallest interchangeable lens camera ever and it is available at a small price that fits its dimensions. Consumers have welcomed this device, forcing the company to rethink its lens roadmap for 2014-2015.
In order to prove that it is committed to the new GM line-up, a new Panasonic 35-100mm zoom lens is in development and it will be released on the market by the end of 2014, a source says.
Panasonic still developing compact and lightweight version of its 35-100mm zoom lens
When Panasonic introduced the GM1, the company has also launched the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH and Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Lumix G Vario pancake zoom lenses.
Both are very small and lightweight, thus fitting the GM1 perfectly. It is worth noting that the camera is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds lenses, but it is natural for photographers to ask for compact optics for their tiny camera.
As a result, Panasonic has confirmed that a 35-100mm zoom lens is in development and will be released sometime in the future.
Many people thought that the company had forgotten all about this product, but an inside source has revealed that Panasonic has not ceased working on the lens and will push it on the market by the end of 2014.
New Panasonic 35-100mm lens will definitely be released by the end of 2014
The source has not revealed the aperture of the new Panasonic 35-100mm lens. However, it has been confirmed that it will be slower than the one found in the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 lens, which is available at Amazon for around $1,400.
The current model measures 100 x 67 x 7.2-inches while weighing 12.6 ounces. As it is designed for the GM series, the new version will surely be smaller and lighter, as stated above.
Just like its faster sibling, it will provide a 35mm focal length equivalent of 70-200mm.
An exact announcement date has not been confirmed, nor a release date. We all know is that it is coming later in 2014, so you will have to stay tuned for more!