LUMIXH-FS12060_frontslantPanasonic introduced Wednesday the Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH interchangeable zoom lens with power optical image stabilization for its Micro Four Thirds mirrorless compact camera line.

The lens’ focal range is equivalent to 24-120mm on a 35mm camera. It is splash and dust-proof and offers a versatile 5x zoom range. The focal range affords the flexibility of shooting a wide range of subject matter from landscapes to portraits.

The Lumix G Vario 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH will be available in May in metallic black at a $499.99 expected retail price.

Read more about the new Lumix G Series 12-60mm lens after the jump:

The Lumix G Series 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 lens is said to support “the highest standards of detail and sharpness.”

The lens is compatible with Panasonic’s Dual Image Stabilization (I.S.) technology, providing stability for clear hand-held pictures. The lens was also designed for smooth, silent operation necessary for high-quality video work.

It is also compatible with sensor drive at max. 240 fps for cameras with high-speed AF systems. The lens is said to be capable of advanced AF performance needed to capture 4K video with precise focus.

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The Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 uses seven aperture blades offering a rounded shape that produces a smooth bokeh effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger settings. It also uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare.

For macro work, the lens features 0.54x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification.

Comprised of 11 elements in 9 groups, the Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 system lens features three aspherical lense elements and an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens which effectively suppresses spherical distortion or chromatic aberration.

By Greg Tarr


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