Panasonic officially announced a new premium fast wide-angle prime lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras, the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. It is characterized by a fairly small diameter so as to match the minute camera Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM1, with which it will be on offer as a kit. The angle of view which is provided by this interchangeable lens equals 30mm on full frame, and it also sports an aperture ring at the front side of the barrel.
Designed to enable photographic aficionados to make high-quality photos and video recordings, the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH features a superior inner focus system, which furnishes excellent resolution and contrast from close-up to infinity. In addition, the inclusion of a newly-developed stepper motor results in focusing action being smooth, silent and easy to use, not only with photo, but with video recording as well.
The Panasonic Corporation announced the plans to produce this lens when the company demonstrated the LUMIX DMC-GM1, several years ago. Furthermore, the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH was exhibited at the recent trade shows, including a recently closed trade show in the UK, 'The Photography Show', which made its debut on the world scene at the beginning of the current month. The Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH will be available in black and silver as from the middle of June; it is priced at $599/£549, whereas in combination with the Panasonic DMC-GM1, the price will be £999.
The news was taken from PANASONIC.