Yes finally! This Is A Big Deal.
MFT is a great format, but native lenses are lacking and finally Panasonic has created a fast and very popular focal length (24-70 equivalent in 35mm) lens for the Mico Four Thirds format. This lens is going to be a game changer for the Lumix line. No other zoom lens to date that Panasonic has developed is fast, and I understand it’s also parfocal (holds focus when zooming) I will test this when I get mine. It’s a big deal. Another plus is the lens has image stabilization. Fast and stable! YES! One thing that might be strange is the built in zoom on the lens. I’m not a zoom guy meaning I don’t zoom while I’m rolling. I don’t like the look. I do like the very slow push. Very slow. If this can do that that would be impressive. I don’t think it will, but we shall see.
Click here for some frame grabs. I recently took the lens out for a little testing.
I need and really only want fast lenses. I the past I would settle for zooms that are f4-f5.6 but not anymore. I want fast and sharp. I’m a duel user. I use my GH2 for stills and time lapse and occasional video use. I also have an AF-100 I use for broadcast work. The lack of a native fast zoom lens was bothering me. I’ve been purchasing PL lenses since I feel those will carry over nicely with other digital cinema cameras when I need or rent them. This was a good call because I use them more than any other lenses I own.
Now Panasonic has this new fast zoom lens that fits perfect for most shooting conditions. I pre-ordered it and can’t wait to get it. When it comes in I’ll shoot a video test to see how well it performs. No charts but real world kind of shooting. I’m not a fan of charts unless you think you have issues and need to test a lens for it.
The early reviews are very good. I’m crossing my fingers! Another fast lens I keep hearing about is the 35-100 f2.8. I think I want this one more!
A key point is this lens is designed with a pro in mind. Weather sealing and metal mount. Higher quality build. Video features. See where I’m going? If Panasonic makes high quality lenses for digital cinema then Micro Four Thirds is going to be a format worth sticking with. Unfortunatly right now people lust at S35. I’m guilty of that as well however haveing a native lens and camera combination would be insanely great. The weight alone is huge and you use all of the field of view from your glass. Thats a big deal! Put a Nikon 50mm on an AF-100 and you get a field of view of 100mm, but you don’t the same shallow depth of field that a native 100mm lens gives you.
I hope we see more impressive announcement from Panasonic and also an impressive new AF-100 in the near future because I’m in. But I wouldn’t be so in if it wasn’t for the GH2. I know that sounds silly but If I could have both systems that uses the same lenses to its fullest meaning both cameras take full advantage of the MFT system I would be thrilled! Lets keep our fingers crossed that Micro Four Thirds for Digital Cinema is not dead.
Here is a great review form Photography Blog This got me excited.
Features from Panasonic.
- F2.8 brightness over the entire zoom range
- Nano Surface Coating technology for dramatic reduction of ghost and flare
- UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lens minimize chromatic aberration while the UHR (Ultra High Refractive) lens realizes high descriptive performance from corner to corner.
- POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) that suppresses large, slow movement 2x more effectively*
- Outstandingly compact and light-weight among the lens with the same level of performance
- Capable of using under harsh conditions with its splash / dust proof design
- Circular aperture diaphragm
- Durable metal mount
* Compared with the conventional MEGA O.I.S.
I’ve had this lens pre-ordered for over a month and finally found one in stock so I hope to get it in on July 25th. Looking forward to some real world testing with this highly anticipated lens.
So what do you think? Will Panasonic step up to the plate and make Micro Four Thirds s viable format for digital cinema?