New Leica Lens For Olympus 4/3

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Alfred Molon, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. Alfred Molon

    Alfred Molon Guest

    *LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH Lens*

    Leica Camera AG <> and
    Panasonic<>are pleased to announce the
    development of a new interchangeable lens based
    on the Four Thirds standard. Featuring a focal length from 14mm to 50mm
    (35mm equivalent: 28mm to 100mm), the new LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT
    14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 lens is the first interchangeable lens from Leica
    developed exclusively for digital SLR cameras. The "D" signifies that it
    is designed for the new digital system.

    The partnership between Leica and Panasonic has resulted in rigorous
    quality standards for the development and manufacturing of this
    interchangeable lens, so that the technology and expertise of Leica
    Camera and Panasonic will be integrated at their highest levels. Both
    Panasonic and Leica Camera AG are confident that the results of their
    cooperative efforts will be successful and highly evaluated by

    The LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT lens comprises 16 elements in 12 groups,
    including two aspherical lenses. It provides high definition image
    rendering that conveys even the finest details and nuances. It minimizes
    distortion and peripheral vignetting at the wide end. And to draw the
    best optical performance out of this compact lens, a large-diameter
    aspherical glass molded lens is also incorporated. With the LEICA D
    VARIO-ELMARIT, users can now experience the unique performance of Leica
    optical technology in the world of digital photography.

    For use in Panasonic's LUMIX cameras, the LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT
    14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH lens incorporates MEGA O.I.S. Developed entirely
    by Panasonic, this advanced optical image stabilization system makes it
    possible ­ without using a tripod ­ to capture clear, beautiful images
    even in macro shooting or low-lit situations, giving users more shooting
    flexibility. And to assure precise control over the MEGA O.I.S., the
    Venus Engine is integrated into the lens unit. Together with the full-
    time Live View function, these two important features make the DMC-L1
    (also being introduced) a digital SLR camera that offers an entirely new
    kind of photographic experience.

    To improve operating ease, there is an aperture ring in addition to the
    focus ring and zoom ring, giving users more intuitive aperture
    adjustment. Another distinctive L1 feature is the shutter speed dial on
    the camera body. Thanks to features like these, the L1 offers a more
    comfortable and enjoyable shooting experience than conventional digital
    SLR cameras.

    The LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH is not simply a standard
    interchangeable lens for digital SLR cameras, but rather an exclusive
    one with features such as MEGA O.I.S. and an aperture ring.

    Leica Camera AG and Panasonic affirm their commitment to developing
    innovative, high-performance lenses that meet the latest demands in
    today's evolving digital era.
    Alfred Molon, Feb 26, 2006
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  2. What with a new Leica lens (the first with image stabilisation), new Sigma
    lenses, and a new Panasonic DSLR with live preview, the 4/3 system has
    received a major boost. The lack of a swivel LCD on the Panasonic DSLR is
    a disappointment, though.

    David J Taylor, Feb 26, 2006
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  3. Well, no. Right now it's just vaporware.

    Leica and Panasonic have collaborated before, resulting in the Lumix LC-1 --
    a camera that looked wonderful on paper but was a big disappoinment in
    practice because of silly glitches such as the inability to take pictures
    quickly in raw mode.

    When this lens is actually available, it will be possible to evaluate it and
    learn whether it is worth whatever it winds up costing. Until then, it's
    just hype.
    Andrew Koenig, Feb 26, 2006
  4. Alfred Molon

    Stacey Guest

    So I guess you owned one and didn't like it?

    Yes 4/3 is dead, we MUST bash it so only Canon is left.
    Stacey, Feb 28, 2006
  5. :
    : Yes 4/3 is dead, we MUST bash it so only Canon is left.
    : --
    : Stacey

    Hail the God EOS. All bow and give praise.
    Do it now because change is on the way.
    Tropical Treat, Feb 28, 2006
  6. Alfred Molon

    Skip M Guest

    Glad you realize that, Stacey... ;-) Got my $20 ready?
    Skip M, Feb 28, 2006
  7. Alfred Molon

    Basic Wedge Guest

    Yes Leica lenses, a Panasonic DSLR, the highly innovative Olympus E-330, and
    Sigma's broadened line-up of 4/3 compatible lenses. The news for four-thirds
    users has been very good.

    Basic Wedge, Feb 28, 2006
  8. Alfred Molon

    Stacey Guest

    And repent if you forgot to!
    Stacey, Mar 1, 2006
  9. Alfred Molon

    Stacey Guest

    It's only been a couple of months..
    Stacey, Mar 1, 2006
  10. Alfred Molon

    Skip M Guest

    No worthy upgrade.
    Skip M, Mar 1, 2006
  11. Alfred Molon

    Rich Guest

    You are talking to the wrong crowd. These guys want Canon to kill
    everything that isn't FF.
    Rich, Mar 1, 2006
  12. Alfred Molon

    Stacey Guest

    Like I said it's only been a couple of months..
    Stacey, Mar 2, 2006
  13. Alfred Molon

    imodan Guest

    is it just me or are you actually a sockpuppet of Rich?
    imodan, Mar 2, 2006
  14. Alfred Molon

    Skip M Guest

    Ah, but it's the next round, which is what you said. And there's no reason
    for me to upgrade.
    Notice, I didn't say send it, just do you have it ready?
    Skip M, Mar 2, 2006
  15. Alfred Molon

    Rich Guest

    Its just you. I don't particularly like Olympus's switch to
    plastic in its cameras.
    Rich, Mar 2, 2006
  16. Alfred Molon

    Stacey Guest

    Look back, I said a year..
    I'll send you $20 worth of out of date 120 slide film, hows that? :)
    Stacey, Mar 3, 2006
  17. Alfred Molon

    Skip M Guest

    Nope, 20 US dollars, whether individually or as a single bill.
    Skip M, Mar 3, 2006
  18. Alfred Molon

    Stacey Guest

    I'd accept what you can actually get! :)

    Anyway we have many months left before you can claim you didn't sucumb to
    Stacey, Mar 3, 2006
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