After posting the news about the new LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm POWER O.I.S, we were lucky enough to see it first-hand at one of Panasonic’s training seminars.
As you can see in the photo above, the comparison in size with the current 14-42mm kit lens is quite dramatic. After a quick chat with Panasonic’s Remus Sim and Chino Galicia, the new X Lens is optimized for recording HD video (as noted by the logo).
While this one that I got to see was still a prototype sample and not the actual retail version, it still looked pretty sleek. The zoom lever on the side of the lens feels quite smooth, and does respond fairly well, although I’m still curious on how well it partners with Panasonic’s AF speeds.
I also got the chance to see a sample of the new G X VARIO PZ 45-175 mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. P.O.I.S.. It is an electric zoom so the lens no longer extends when zooming in, so what you see in the photo below is the fixed size.
I did wonder what purpose this could be practical for, and it was demonstrated by Panasonic that it could be useful when you’re taking a shot with the lens pressed upon the window, and zooming in won’t force you to move backwards since the lens no longer extends.
Panasonic confirms that these two new lenses will be availaBle in the Philippines sometime around October or November this year.
On another note, you can all now expect to see the Lumix G3 and GF3 very soon in multiple stores nationwide.