Panasonic Intros New Macro, Portrait Lenses

February 24, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Panasonic will add a pair of new lenses to its G-series Micro Four Thirds lineup this spring targeting portrait and macro applications.

Due up first is the macro lens. The Lumix Macro G 30mm features an aperture of f/2.8 with a 1x magnification, and a focusing distance starting at 4.13 inches. The lens is coated to prevent flare and ghosting and offers a 240 fps Drive AF system and optical image stabilization. It ships in April and is available for pre-order now for $400.

A portrait lens, the Lumix G 42.5mm, arrives in May. Featuring a focal length equivalent to an 85mm lens on a full frame camera, it has a bright maximum aperture of f/1.7 and features a focusing distance of 12.2 inches, letting you get up nice and close to your subjects.

The 10 lens elements feature multi-coated glass to reduce flare and ghosting while Panasonic’s Power O.I.S. stabilizes the lens to keep blur at bay. It also utilizes the company’s high-speed, 240 fps Drive AF autofocus system to keep moving objects crisply in focus. It’s available for pre-order now for $400.