Rumor: Panasonic has a surprise "exceptional" lens coming at Photokina?

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    According to 43 Rumors, Panasonic has a surprise lens in store for Photokina, in addition to the long-awaited 14mm and 100-300mm lenses. According to their sources, this surprise lens is said to be "exceptional".

    According to the 43 Rumors rating system, this rumor was rated FT5, which is basically a "sure thing".

    Source: 43 Rumors | Home

    What lens do you want to see? I'm strongly hoping for a portrait lens with specifications of 50mm f/1.8 or thereabouts.
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  2. blue

    blue Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2010
    a nice macro

    maybe a m4/3 equivalent of the Leica 45/2.8 - but faster - always want it faster !
  3. pictor

    pictor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 17, 2010
    The Leica 2.8/45mm is already for ยต4/3. And faster? No. One stop faster means, that a lens is about eight times more difficult to design and to build. The resulting lens would be heavy and even more expensive than the current 2.8/45mm without any benefit, since f/2.8 is open enough for a macro lens.
  4. blue

    blue Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2010
    Ok I read the specs wrong
  5. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    There was another rumour of a fast zoom lens... I hope it's a 57mm f1.2 but I doubt it.


  6. dko22

    dko22 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    Stuttgart, Germany
    50mm 1.8 --exactly what I'd like. And it must have OIS!
  7. JoeFriday

    JoeFriday Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 28, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    anything fast, preferably a zoom... like a 15-50mm constant f/2... faster would be even better, but it would make a zoom quite cumbersome
  8. G1 User

    G1 User Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 20, 2010
    I'd like a 35-100 f/3.5 OIS with constant...To keep the price (under $900) and size a bit lower. Having it be f/2.8 would add size and price,
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  10. photoSmart42

    photoSmart42 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 12, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I wonder if it's a 4mm fisheye. That would be truly exceptional! (/end sarcasm)
  11. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    I hope it'll be a 12-75mm f/2.5-3.3 that occasionally comes up in rumors; that lens would be one I can take 90 % of my pictures with. And then I'll have a look into the 100-300mm, so that I can replace the 45-200mm for hopefully something better.
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  12. slau

    slau Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 26, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Another fast AF prime lens with OIS (i.e. 35 or 50 or 85f1.8) will be great and make the GH1 a lot more useful indoor under less than ideal lighting condition..
  13. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
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    Richard Elliott
    I am thinking a 17/2.0 Summicron equivalent would be nice to see.
  14. vincechu

    vincechu Mu-43 Regular

    I'd buy/preorder that straightaway :wink: Personally I think it'll be a fast zoom lens too (perhaps bundled with the GH2?) because as we all know micro four thirds' high iso performance isn't as good as APS-C sized sensor cameras, although there is a rumour of a sensor with better lowlight performance... :wink:
  15. Boyzo

    Boyzo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 3, 2010
  16. vincechu

    vincechu Mu-43 Regular

    How about the Micro four thirds.... 25mm... Panasonic-Leica... Noctilux f0.95!? :thumbup:

    but seriously, I think the rumoured 25mm 1.4 would be a very good addition to the range. I wonder how the 14mm 2.5 is coming on, hope they've managed to shave it down to f2.0 ;)
  17. oceans

    oceans Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 28, 2010
    Tokina designed 70mm equiv f5.6. No OIS. Go go go!

    Sorry about that :redface: The lens coins compartment in my wallet has taken beatings upon sheer vandalism lately, so I'll have to stand by the rails and watch all your fun with the PL 50 'lux.
  18. Bokeh Diem

    Bokeh Diem Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    Any fast prime (1.2-1.4) in the 17-23mm range would suit me.

    I'll see if I can poll the local Pany rep here in Toronto next time he visits.

    Bokeh Diem
  19. JoepLX3

    JoepLX3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 13, 2010
    That would be a great "LX4" lens for the GF2 (if you read 12 mm as 24 mm)!!!
    - Curious if they could manage OIS and compactess (despite larger sensor)...

    FYI: Yesterday arrived back home in Nagoya in Japan and today I noticed the GF1 is for sale in the department stores, from 80,000 Yen for slightly less than 60,000 Yen (icw you kitlens of choice, but probably without the ugly optional EVF). So the GF2 (with build-in EVF) is coming for sure :wink:.

    The selection of hardware continues to be a very difficult one, especially if Pentax, Nikon and mabye en Canon are going to join the EVIL battle. Hopefully the prices will also continue to drop (despite new models).
  20. igi

    igi Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    Surprise! It will be the next hit M4/3 lens!:rofl:
    I think so too... I'd even be surprised if they don't make an M4/3 version of it.