Panasonic Unveils Two Affordable Lenses for MFT Cameras

Panasonic has been under the radar for quite some time with their lens development while it's rival company, Olympus has been busy release PRO series lenses one after another.  Today, Panasonic unveils two new Micro Four Thirds lenses: a 30mm macro (H-H2030) and 42.5mm (H-HS043) portrait.

Both lenses will go on sale sometime in May 2015 with a price tag of $397.99.  That puts these lenses in the middle of the range in terms of price.  That does not necessarily mean that the performance will fall right in the middle of the pack however.

We have seen some amazing bargains such as Olympus 45mm f/1.8 that performs like pro series lens with a shockingly low price of $350.

Both of those lenses feature built-in optical image stabilization (O.I.S) with fast glasses. The Lumix G Macro 30mm/F2.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. is categorized as a wide-angle lens, and it's also marketed as a capable macro lens with a minimum focusing distance of 4.13 inches.

It provides 1x magnification and deep depth of field.  According to Panasonic, the lens is coated to minimize ghosting and flaring, and it is designed to deliver fast and accurate autofocusing with 240fps drive. Inside the lens you will find 9 elements in 9 groups, including 1 aspherical element.

With 60mm equivalent full frame focal length, it may be a bit to long to use as a street photography tool.  It will be interesting to see how many people will find this focal length useful.

On the other hand, the Lumix G 42.5mm/F1.7 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. features ultra fast aperture of f/1.7 with full-time (continuous) autofocus. It is constructed with 10 lens elements in eight groups to “deliver portraits with a rich stereoscopic effect as well as close-ups with beautiful defocus,”

This one will in no doubt become a direct competitor to the aging Olympus 45mm lens.  Just as the Olympus counterpart, the Panasonic 42.5mm will be available in black and silver.

Stay tuned for updates on the availability and the lowest street price.
Panasonic Unveils Two Affordable Lenses for MFT Cameras Reviewed by Brandon on 2/26/2015 Rating: 5

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