Panasonic Introduces World’s First Interchangeable 3D Lens For LUNIX G Series Cameras

Panasonic has today introduced three new interchangeable lenses for its LUMIX G Series of cameras, viz. LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH (H-H014) and LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300) and the world’s first interchangeable 3D lens, the H-FT012.

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The lenses, all based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard, are compact while featuring high optical performance and are compatible with Panasonic’s LUMIX DSLMicro cameras, such as the newly-announced Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH2 DSLM Camera.

H-FT012 interchangeable 3D lens

The new H-FT012 interchangeable 3D lens LUMIX G 12.5mm / F12 lens features two optical systems installed within the diameter of the lens mount, creating stereo images from the left and right lenses that are then processed with a 3D image processing system.  Panasonic’s advanced technologies in optical technology, image processing systems, and lens barrel design, allow the 3D lens to be compact.

Previously, 3D shooting with an interchangeable lens system camera was possible only by using panorama systems or by combining two lenses and two CCDs. However, these systems are not ideal and have difficulty capturing moving objects.

Panasonic’s new 3D-capable interchangeable lens allows instant 3D shooting (35 mm camera equivalent: 65 mm), without time lag between left and right images – even when shooting objects in motion.  As part of Panasonic’s 3D ecosystem of 3D-capable VIERA televisions and Blu-ray 3D Disc Players, the 3D images taken with this lens – even close-up shots – are easily viewed on Panasonic’s 3D VIERA televisions.

LUMIX G 14 mm / F2.5 ASPH Lens

Panasonic LUMIX G 14 mm / F2.5 ASPH is the world’s lightest interchangeable single focal length lens that features a 14mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 28 mm) wide angle and F2.5 brightness with sharp, high contrast image rendering.

The compact Panasonic LUMIX G 14mm lens takes advantage of a wide viewing angle and deep depth of field for excellent shooting performance in a variety of situations, from landscapes to snapshots to indoor shooting.

The LUMIX G 14 mm lens system combines six lenses in five groups, including three aspherical lenses, for a finished product that is compact with an overall length of 20.5mm.

LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. Lens

The new handheld telephoto zoom lens LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. can photograph ultra-telephoto zoom shots at 300mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 600 mm), but is light enough to carry easily for everyday distance shooting, like sporting events.

Because of its compact size, photographers can achieve a high compression effect in distance photography without any need for a heavy tripod. Panasonic’s MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) suppresses blur by compensating for hand shaking that can severely affect zoom shots.

The telephoto zoom lens LUNIX G VARIO 100-300 mm combines 17 elements in 12 groups including an ED lens. By incorporating the ED lens in the first lens group, the chromatic aberration is suppressed to render sharp, high contrast images with stable optical performance over the entire zoom range.

The new LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH (H-H014) and LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300) each include seven blades to give the aperture a rounded shape. This rounded aperture produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. A strong metal mount is durable for heavy use, and multi-coated lens elements minimize ghosts and flare.

“Panasonic’s delivery of the world’s first interchangeable 3D lens speaks to our commitment to leading the 3D era,’” said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “Consumers can now enjoy shooting high-quality photos in 3D with this compact lens, from landscapes to people, while watching them back later on their 3D-capable VIERA televisions at home.”

Price and Availability

The new Panasonic LUMIX lenses will be available in November 2010 in US market followed by worldwide availability in early nest year. The LUMIX G 12.5mm / F12 (H-FT012) has suggested retail price of $249.95 or about Rs. 11,390 and LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH (H-H014) lens for $399.95 or about Rs. 18,225 while LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300) lens would be available for $599.95 or about Rs. 27,336. For more information on Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras, lenses and accessories, please visit: www.panasonic.com/lumix.