Panasonic has announced the Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS telephoto zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras at Photokina 2014.
After introducing a compact camera and a mirrorless one with Micro Four Thirds sensors, Panasonic has revealed an optic for MFT users. As predicted by the rumor mill, the Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS is now official as a telephoto zoom lens in a portable and affordable body that complements the more expensive f/2.8 version.
Panasonic introduces Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS lens
The telephoto area is a bit problematic for photographers using mirrorless cameras with Micro Four Thirds sensors. This is why Panasonic has decided to correct the issue by releasing an f/4-5.6 version of the 35-100mm f/2.8 lens.
The company says that this new and cheaper model will still offer a high image quality, while maintaining a low-profile, courtesy of a “retractable structure”.
Panasonic adds that the Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS lens has been designed for portrait photography and that the longer focal lengths will provide beautiful out-of-focus backgrounds.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4-5.6 lens offers built-in image stabilization technology
An internal construction consisting of 12 elements in nine groups includes a couple of Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion elements and an aspherical element. They will work together at reducing optical flaws, thus increasing the overall quality of your photos.
The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4-5.6 lens comes with Mega OIS technology. The company’s “optical image stabilizer” technology will reduce the impact of camera shakes, so blur will not become a problem in low-light conditions.
The focus system is based on a stepping motor, which means that it will be smooth and quiet during video recording.
Micro Four Thirds camera users getting this lens by the end of 2014
When mounted onto a Micro Four Thirds camera, the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4-5.6 lens will offer a 35mm focal length equivalent of 70-200mm, thus falling into the telephoto territory.
It is worth noting that its minimum focusing distance stands at 90 centimeters / 35.43 inches.
The dimensions are, as follows: 56mm / 21.9-inches diameter, 50mm / 19.7-inches length, 46mm filter thread, and a total weight of 135 grams / 0.30lbs.
The is expected to become available on the market by the end of the year for a price of $399.99. As expected, the product can be pre-ordered through Amazon as of right now.