The extremely compact lens for the Micro 4/3 standard will be less than an inch a half (36mm) long and weigh a mere four ounces (115 g). It has an aperture ring, internal focusing, and a manual-focus to autofocus switch. Construction is nine elements in seven groups and includes three aspherical elements.
The company says "a newly developed stepping motor makes the focusing action smooth and silent for use in both photo and video recording," and claims that AF is far superior to phase-detection systems.
The lens is metal and includes a metal hood, and will initially be available in black.
The Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm ƒ/1.2 ASPH Power OIS lens (85mm angle of view equivalent) is already shipping. That lens will vie for attention with the truly spectacular Fujifilm XF 56mm ƒ/1.2 R lens (also 85mm-e) over in the Fuji system.
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Andre Moreau: "With Leica's and Samyang's lastest lens offering plus what Olympus has in the pipeline, I wonder if there is a camera system that offers as much as Micro 4/3."
Stan B.: "When will someone, anyone, make some wide-angle primes for Micro 4/3 below 28mm-e (other than the pricey 24mm-e Zuiko)? In a field known for its unlimited plethora of available, adaptable lenses, short WA primes (save one) are nonexistent!"
S. Chris: "This lens marks a watershed to me in Micro 4/3. I happen to hate shooting in 4:3 ratio, and if you crop to 2:3, all those 17mm '35 equivalent' lenses are way too long. Finally, a fast, small, true 35mm equivalent to supplant the previous barely sufficient 14mm ƒ/2.5. I may well get a Micro 4/3 body just to use this lens...."