Panasonic Announces Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH and 30mm f/2.8 Macro ASPH

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Panasonic did the somewhat surprising move of announcing products after a major trade show had finished. Regardless, here they are: A couple of short optically stabilised telephoto lenses, one a compact portrait lens in the form of a 42.5mm f/1.7 with Power OIS, and the other a compact short macro lens in the form of a 30mm f/2.8 with Mega OIS.

The 42.5mm f/1.7 does seem a bit redundant with the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 (which I personally bought for cheap during an Olympus promotion), but it does have Power OIS, and support for the 240hz faster focusing capabilities in newer Panasonic cameras. Not having a switch to turn stabilisation off is going to be a little annoying for non-Panasonic users, since that ability is not part of the Micro Four Thirds specification.

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The 30mm f/2.8 Macro sounds like an equivalent for a 60mm f/2.8 macro on 35mm cameras, expect that going to 1:1 means an incredibly short working distance (minimum focusing distance is just 10cm). While the smaller sensor means the apparent magnification is going to appear greater, I think a longer lens would have been much appreciated.

Both lenses will be shipping in May, for a price of US$400 each. Considering I paid US$220 for my Olympus, I am not sure I will be swapping the Olympus for this. Add to the fact that I rarely use the lens to begin with, and it’s not so enticing. Maybe at US$300, which could very well happen, with recent photography gear launches being at a much lower price in Singapore than in USA.

 

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