Newark, N.J. — Panasonic introduced Wednesday the Leica-branded DG Summilux 15mm/ F1.7 ASPH interchangeable lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras.
The new lens, which offers a 35mm-camera-equivalent focal length of 30mm, allows photographers to capture images with defocus background features produced by F1.7 lens.
The Panasonic compact and lightweight Summilux 15mm lens will be available in May at a $599 suggested retail in the U.S. at Shop.Panasonic.com and photo specialty retailers.
The lens system is comprised of nine elements in seven groups and uses three aspherical lenses.
The aspherical lenses suppress spherical aberration and distortion effectively while realizing downsizing of the lens unit. Panasonic's Nano Surface Coating technology is adopted to minimize the reflection at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens.
The result is a clear picture with a dramatic ghost and flare reduction. The lens incorporates an inner focus system, which enables excellent resolution and contrast from close-up to infinity.
The inclusion of a newly developed stepping motor makes the focusing action smooth and silent for use in both photo and video recording. Panasonic said the autofocus (AF) performance is superior to the phase-difference AF when using a fast lens with smaller aperture value.
It is also compatible with the sensor drive at max 240 fps to take advantage of cameras with high-speed AF when mounted on the cameras of Lumix G system.
The Leica DG Summilux 15mm/F1.7 ASPH comes equipped with aperture ring and AF/MF switch for direct, intuitive operation.
The lens features a black metal housing design, including the hood, and mount.