Panasonic has announced the first interchangeable lenses designed for the new Micro Four Thirds System: the LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. standard zoom lens and the LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. telephoto lens.
The LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S will be the standard kit lens with the LUMIX DMC-G1, the first Micro Four Thirds System digital camera, which also debuted today. Because the Four Thirds system has a crop factor of 2.0, that means the standard kit lens will have the equivalent zoom range of 28-90mm in 35mm terms.
The LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. telephoto lens on the other hand will offer an astounding zoom range of from 90mm to 400mm.
Panasonic said the two new Micro Four Thirds System lenses produce professional-level images, typical of digital single-reflex lens (DSLR) cameras, while greatly reducing the size. The 14-45mm kit lens, for example, is just about half the size of an equivalent DSLR lens.