Panasonic announcements on May 21

compact system camera May 16, 2012

Panasonic is expected to announce a new camera and two new X-Series lenses on May 21. While the camera is interesting to me from a new product perspective, I am very interested in the new lenses.

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These new lenses, the X 12-35 f/2.8 and X 35-100 f/2.8, represent the staple lenses used by pro photographers. With and eFL of 24-70 and 70-200mm respectively, these two lenses pretty much cover the bases for most needs. Fixed aperture throughout the entire zoom range contributes immensely to consistent image capture.

The Mega O.I.S. optical stabilization is nice, but unneeded in my case as I will be using the OM-D’s in-body 5-axis stabilization. All that remains to be seen is the sharpness of the lenses and the focusing speeds. Olympus has yet to port their SHG lenses to m4/3, preferring to use an adapter sacrificing (or so I am told) focusing speed.

Rest assured I am going to add these two lenses to my harem (that’s what owning/acquiring pro glass feels like) should they pass muster. Stay tuned for their review.