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12-60mm f2.8-f4

The first of a new breed of lenses from Panasonic. The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4 lens was first shown at Photokina 2016, and has made its official debut at CES 2017. The first of the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit F2.8-4 series to reach market, this premium lens is equivalent to 24-120mm (35mm) on a Micro Four Thirds cameras and supports Panasonic’s Dual IS system for enhanced shake reduction on compatible bodies.

12-60mm f2.8-f4

Panasonic is proud to introduce a new standard zoom digital interchangeable lens, the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (35mm camera equivalent: 24-120mm) as the first lens to be introduced from its LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series.

Covering a focusing distance from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto, this new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series achieves exceptionally high descriptiveness for both photo and video recording, and yet its size is kept compact. All of the lenses in this series feature a 9-blade diaphragm to give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. All lenses also take advantage of Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosts and flaring. They boast a rugged, dust/splash-proof design and are even freeze-proof down to -10℃ to withstand professional use under harsh conditions. The high-quality video recording capability is also one of the advantages of this lens series.

The new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. offers a versatile 5x zoom range of 24-120mm. It fully covers a variety of daily shooting situations, from dynamic landscapes to portraits even in low-lit situations, providing a beautiful defocus effect by taking advantage of the F2.8-4.0 high-speed performance.

This will be a perfect partner for the new GH5 and finally a good standard lens equivalent to a 24-120mm (35mm).



Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

3 thoughts on “New Panasonic 12-60mm f2.8-f4 Leica lens (Late March $999)

  1. “Covering a focusing distance from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto”….really 12 to 60?

    HDW : That’s Panasonic, ultra wide would be 7mm in my books.

  2. This Panasonic press release doesn’t refer to the 12-60mm only but to the complete DG Vario-Elmarit series lineup with the 8-18mm and 50-200mm lenses. Both are still under development. So the three 2.8-4.0 DG lenses together indeed cover a range from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto.
    I’m puzzled by the phrase “focusing distance” though which really is misleading. Probably Panasonic wanted to write “focal length”?

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