Panasonic shows 10-25mm f/1.7 superfast wide zoom for Micro Four Thirds

Underlining its commitment to the Micro Four Thirds system,  Panasonic has announced a forthcoming superfast zoom lens that is designed for still and video photographers. The Leica DG 10-25mm f/1.7 is offers the world’s widest constant aperture for a zoom lens, and is also the first Lumix zoom to feature a physical aperture ring.

The lens is said to exceed the quality specifications laid down by Leica, and will perform equally well at all focal length settings. The 10-25mm lens offers the same angle of view as we’d expect from a 20-50mm lens on a full frame camera, so it covers extreme wide angles as well as those ‘standard’ for the Micro Four Thirds system.

Not only will this be the first zoom with an aperture ring for the Lumix G system, but it will also be the first lens to offer clickless control of the ring. It isn’t clear at this stage whether the aperture ring will offer both clicked and clickless adjustment, and we don’t yet know when the lens will arrive. I don’t even have a picture of it yet! More will be revealed.

 

Press release

Panasonic develops fast wide-angle LEICA zoom lens

  • Professional LEICA DG 10-25mm zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 20-50mm)
  • The world’s first full-range F1.7 wide zoom lens (as of 25 September 2018)
  • The ultimate photo/video-hybrid digital interchangeable lens
  • Constant aperture ensures harmonic depth of field while zooming

25th September 2018 – Panasonic is pleased to announce the development of the LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 wide zoom digital interchangeable lens (35mm camera equivalent: 20-50mm). It is the world’s first* F1.7 wide-angle zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system.

Taking full advantage of the MFT system standard, the new LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 lens is both bright and compact. It is the first interchangeable lens to be introduced to the market featuring a full-range F1.7 high-speed aperture.

Integrating a click-less aperture ring that provides seamless aperture control, the new LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 lens aims to be the ultimate photo/video-hybrid digital interchangeable lens.

The zoom range of the VARIO-SUMMILUX covers 10-25mm: starting from a wide angle and reaching to the natural perspective of human vision. It is  designed and developed to fully support photography as well as video recording on a professional level.

LEICA DG lenses are designed to exceed the stringent LEICA quality standards and boast excellent optical performance. The new LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 is no exception, achieving exceptional imaging performance over the entire zoom range, empowering users to capture precise details and expressions.

Panasonic is committed to further expand the camera and lens line-up for the MFT system to meet customer demands and needs.

* As of September 25, 2018
• Details of the product specifications, the date of release and the price are yet to be advised.
• Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
• SUMMILUX is a registered trademarks of Leica Camera.