Panasonic today announced the world's lightest interchangeable single focal length lens, the LUMIX G 14 mm / F2.5 ASPH, which features a 14mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 28mm) wide angle and F2.5 brightness with sharp, high contrast image rendering. The compact 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 high performance 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. Thanks to its minimized distortion, this single focal length lens also excels in shooting subjects with straight lines, like architecture. The integration of a stepping motor and an inner focus drive system create a quiet and high speed contrast auto focus (AF).
The new LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH (H-H014) includes 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.
MSRP: LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH (H-H014): $399.95 (available November 2010)