Pana­sonic

Mi­cro Four Thirds users cer­tainly aren’t short of great lenses. These ex­am­ples start from just £ 249

Amateur Photographer - - Testbench Top Cameras & Lenses 2018 -

Le­ica DG Sum­milux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH £459 www.pana­sonic.com/uk

The Le­ica DG 25mm f/1.4 is an ul­tra-fast stan­dard prime for use with Pana­sonic and Olym­pus Mi­cro Four Thirds mir­ror­less cam­eras. Com­pris­ing nine el­e­ments in seven groups, in­ter­nal con­struc­tion in­cludes two as­pher­i­cal lenses and one Ul­tra High Re­frac­tive in­dex lens. The lens also ben­e­fits from coat­ings to min­imise ghost­ing and flare.

Lu­mix G 7-14mm f/4 ASPH £739 www.pana­sonic.com/uk

Owing to the 2x crop fac­tor of the Mi­cro Four Thirds stan­dard, this high- end ul­tra-widean­gle zoom pro­vides a fo­cal range equiv­a­lent to 14-28mm in 35mm terms. This makes it ideal for land­scape en­thu­si­asts look­ing to cap­ture ex­pan­sive hori­zons. In­ter­nally, the lens is con­structed from 16 el­e­ments in 12 groups.

Le­ica DG Noc­ti­cron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS £1,199 www.pana­sonic.com/uk

The Noc­ti­cron DG 42.5mm is a high- end ul­tra-fast lens that’s tai­lor- made for por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy owing to its 85mm equiv­a­lent fo­cal length (in 35mm terms) and its abil­ity to cre­ate an ex­tremely shal­low depth- offield ef­fect. It also ben­e­fits from op­ti­cal sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

Lu­mix G Vario 100300mm f/4-5.6 II £549 www.pana­sonic.com/uk

With a 35mm equiv­a­lent range of 200- 600mm, this tele­photo zoom, with built-in op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, is an ideal lens for wildlife and sports shoot­ers. It fea­tures one Ex­tra- Low Dis­per­sion lens to com­bat fring­ing and its splash-proof con­struc­tion means you can con­tinue to use it in light rain.

Lu­mix G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH £249 www.pana­sonic.com/uk

The Lu­mix G 20mm f/1.7 is a fast and ver­sa­tile stan­dard prime that’s use­ful in a wide range of sit­u­a­tions. The com­pact ‘pan­cake’ de­sign makes it a great lens for ur­ban pho­tog­ra­phy where large lenses are nei­ther prac­ti­cal nor de­sir­able. In­ter­nally, the 20mm f/1.7 II is con­structed from seven el­e­ments in five groups.

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