Panasonic continues video focus at CES with 5 lenses enhanced for filmmakers

panasonic ces 2017 lenses h es12060 frontslant copy
Panasonic
Panasonic mirrorless shooters will soon have more lens choices. On Wednesday, the company announced the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH, the first lens in a new zoom series, as well as updates to the existing lens lineup.

The new zoom lens line will feature f/2.8-4 glass as part of the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit series.  Panasonic says all of the lenses in the lineup will use a rugged, weather-sealed design. A nine blade aperture will give bokeh a rounded shape while Nano Surface Coatings will help prevent flares and ghosting.

The standard zoom length 12-60mm lens will be the first lens available in the new series, but the company says an 8-18mm (16-36mm full-frame equivalent) and a 50-200mm (100-400mm equivalent) are also in the works.

The company’s new 12-35mm uses five-axis optical stabilization.

The 12-60mm lens, equivalent to a 24-120mm full frame on Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds systems,  is designed as a standard zoom lens to cover a variety of scenarios, from portraits to landscapes. The lens boasts built-in optical stabilization, which can also be combined with the in-body systems on some Panasonic cameras.

The Lecia glass is constructed from 14 elements in 12 groups, and uses four aspherical lenses and two extra-low dispersion elements to reduce distortion and chromatic aberration, as well as colored fringing in high-contrast scenes.

Panasonic says the autofocus system of the lens was designed with video in mind (fitting, since Panasonic also introduced the first mirrorless to shoot 4K at 60 fps on Wednesday). The drive motor operates silently, Panasonic says, while small microstep increases help to smoothly adjust the aperture when the lighting changes mid-recording.

The new 12-60mm lens will be available in March for $999.

panasonic ces 2017 lenses image 29lenses
Panasonic’s complete lens line-up now includes five new additions. Panasonic

Along with introducing the new lens line at the Consumer Electronics Show, Panasonic also updated four favorites with enhanced power optical image stabilization and new video upgrades. The updates use a silent focus motor and the same microstep system as the 12-60mm lens. All four lenses are also weather-sealed, bringing Panasonic’s total Lumix G rugged lens count to nine.

The company’s new 12-35mm (24-70mm equivalent on a full-frame camera) boasts a wide maximum f/2.8 aperture throughout that zoom range. The lens uses five-axis optical stabilization and has upgraded video features over the previous version. The lens will sell for $999, with shipping expected to begin in March.

The Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 II Power OIS lens is designed with 16 elements in 13 groups. The bright zoom lens, with a 70-200mm equivalent to full-frame systems, will sell for $1,099 beginning in March.

Panasonic’s upgraded Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 II Power OIS lens captures a 200-600mm equivalent, offering telephoto capabilities in a rugged design. The long zoom is expected to go on sale for $649 next month.

A Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 II Power OIS lens will be the cheapest of the four upgrades, selling for $449 starting next month. The telephoto zoom offers a 90-400mm full-frame equivalent while boasting the same weather-sealing and video capabilities as the other four lenses introduced Wednesday.

Product Review

With the Z7, Nikon gives DSLR holdouts the mirrorless wonder they've waited for

Nikon’s long awaited full-frame mirrorless cameras are here, and the Z7 is the new flagship model. But does it stand up to the company's DSLR pedigree, and, more importantly, does it have what it takes to compete with the likes of Sony?
Photography

Full frame or 4K for less than $1K? These 4 older cameras still have a lot to offer

Looking for a great camera deal? Sometimes, you might be better off buying one that's a few years -- last generation's professional models may not cost much more than today's entry-level models.
Mobile

Which smartphone has the best camera? We found the sharpest shooters

They say that the best camera is always the one you have with you and that makes your smartphone camera very important indeed. Join us for a closer look at the best camera phones available right now.
Mobile

Xiaomi chooses Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite phones to spearhead British invasion

Xiaomi has launched its first official smartphones in the U.K., after steadily entering Europe over the past 12 months. The company has brought the Mi 8 Pro and the Mi 8 Lite, along with a selection of connected products.
Photography

Flickr just expanded Pro tools — but free users may have to delete some photos

If you have more than 1,000 photos on a free Flickr account, you might want to decide which to delete . Flickr announced some changes following an acquisition by SmugMug, including a new way to calculate the free account storage limit.
Product Review

Rylo is the 360 camera that finally makes 360 video useful

The Rylo puts a new spin on 360 video by focusing on flat, fixed-frame output. It can’t quite replace your action camera or camcorder, but it shows a glimmer of what the future of consumer video could be.
Product Review

Airselfie 2 may as well be a GoPro stapled to a drunk hummingbird

On paper, the Airselfie 2 is marketed as flying photographer that fits in your pocket and snaps selfies from the sky. Unfortunately it’s more like a HandiCam controlled by a swarm of intoxicated bumblebees
Photography

Premiere Pro A.I. plug-in for Adobe paints your videos in the style of van Gogh

CyberLink is bringing its suite of artificial intelligence-based video effects directly to Adobe users as a plug-in for Premiere Pro. The A.I. Style video plug-in "redraws" video in the styles of artists like Vincent van Gogh.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.
Photography

Photography News: Flickr keeping Creative Commons photos, ONA gets colorful

Flickr has confirmed it's saving all Creative Commons images, ONA has released a new capsule collection in partnership with Passion Passport and 7Artisans has launched a new drone-specific 35mm f/5.6 lens.
Photography

Get your Sagan on with 60 awe-inspiring photos of the final frontier

Few things instill a sense of wonder quite like the final frontier. The best space photos show off the beauty of Earth, our solar system, and the far corners of the universe. Here are our current favorites.
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: 1-handed drone control, a pot that stirs itself

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Smart Home

Picture this: The Aura packs thousands of photos in a single frame (for a price)

Are you one of those people who miss the good old days of flipping through photo albums to see each and every favorite photo? If so, you might love the Aura digital photo frame. We tested the device and came away impressed.