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Panasonic announced the Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens yesterday.  On Feb 17th Mish Mash show we shared our love for the Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph lens. It is a fantastic range and lens- but a bit pricey at $997.00.  The new lens extends the range to 60, on a micro 4/3 camera this is a 24-120 lens, 5x zoom.  Only downside is the variable aperture f/3.5-5.6. I would love to see them make a f/4 constant lens.  The new 12-60 is weather sealed, offers stabilization (OIS) and is priced significantly cheaper at $497.

Preorder from B&H Photo – Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens $497

Watch our Vlogs from New Zealand – all shot with the GH4 and 12-35 f/2.8
Buy the GH4 from B&H Photo  Buy the 12-35 f/2.8

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Likely to bundled as kit lens with some Panasonic bodies

Full Press Release

Panasonic is introducing a new zoom interchangeable lens, the LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (35 mm camera equivalent: 24-120 mm) for the LUMIX G line of Micro Four Thirds System cameras. Featuring a splash/dust-proof design, the new lens offers a versatile 5x zoom range of 24-120mm (35mm camera equivalent) that covers a variety of daily shooting situations from dynamic landscapes to portraits.

For everyone interested in a modern alternative to bulky DSLR interchangeable lenses, Panasonic LUMIX Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds lenses deliver impressive, no-compromise optical performance. The durable, all-weather LUMIX 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Lens features the highest standards of detail and sharpness. Built for travel and great photo and video capture, it comes complete with a splash and dustproof sealed body.** And with Dual I.S. (Image Stabilization) compatibility, you’ll shoot with unprecedented hand-held stability anywhere you go.
**When mounted on a compatible LUMIX G Mirrorless camera

Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the new LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. is capable of smooth, silent operation to work with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for both photo and video recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at max. 240 fps to take maximum advantage of cameras with high-speed AF. This stunning AF performance is able to record 4K video, where precise focusing is required. Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. A highly reliable metal mount assures durability for active use, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its shooting performance.

It also features 0.54x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification capability for impressive macro close-up shots.  Comprised of 11 elements in 9 groups, the lens system features three aspherical lenses and an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens which effectively suppresses spherical distortion or chromatic aberration to achieve stunning picture quality.

The LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. will be available in May at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners in metallic black for $499.99.



 




B&H Photo has a list of Everything Announced at CES 2017

 Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone. Yesterday was our last day in Yellowstone and we made it out to my favorite tree in my favorite valley again - see the cloud shot on the FB page as our #mondaymorningshare http://photorec.tv/fb On our way back we stopped at Gibbon Falls ~ Captured with the #SonyAlpha #A7Rii + #CanonLens #2470mm via #SigmaPhoto MC-11 adapter and using Nisi 10 Stop ND Filter for a 20 second shutter speed.
 Old Faithful visitor center is a sharp looking building. Photographed a few minutes after #oldfaithful went off - Only in the winter is a desert shot like this possible. ~ Captured with the #SonyAlpha #A7Rii + #CanonLens #70200mm via #SigmaPhoto MC-11 adapter
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