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MFT lenses from Panasonic

Since launching the Lumix G1 in September 2008 with a double lens kit, Panasonic has gradually developed its line of Micro Four-Thirds lenses, and the expansion and refinement of the Lumix and Leica lens-ranges continues. So what can we expect in terms of new lens releases over the coming months? Below is a roadmap of what has been rumoured, is in the pipeline, or has recently been launched. Also, if you scroll down, you will find a table that makes it possible to quickly compare the headline specifications of all the Panasonic m43 lenses – new and existing.

New Panasonic lenses

4 Jan

Leica DG 12-60mm f/2.8-4 Power-OIS

panasonic leica 12 60mm 28 ois
  • Leica-branded standard zoom for MFT
  • 24-120mm equivalent focal length
  • Aperture range 2.8/4-22
  • Nine aperture blades
  • 14 elements in 12 groups
  • Max. 240-fps sensor drive for high-speed AF
  • Power-OIS with support for Dual-IS
  • Weather-sealed
  • Minimum focus: 0.20m
  • Filter thread: E62
  • Weight: 320g (0.71 lb)
  • Diameter: 68mm (2.68")
  • Length: 86mm (3.39")
  • Available from March 2017
  • Launch Price: $999
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
4 Jan

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 II Asph. Power-OIS

panasonic 12 35mm ii
  • Standard zoom for MFT
  • Update of 2012-model with improved AF and IS
  • 24-70mm equivalent focal length
  • Aperture range 2.8-22
  • Rounded 7-blade aperture
  • 14 elements in 9 groups
  • Nano surface coating
  • Max. 240-fps sensor drive for high-speed AF
  • Power-OIS with support for Dual-IS
  • Weather-sealed
  • Minimum focus: 0.25m
  • Filter thread: E58
  • Weight: 305g
  • Diameter: 74mm
  • Length: 68mm
  • Available from March 2017
  • Launch Price: $999
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
4 Jan

Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 II Power-OIS

panasonic 35 100mm ii
  • Tele-zoom for MFT
  • Update of 2012-model with improved AF and IS
  • 70-200mm equivalent focal length
  • Aperture range 2.8-22
  • Rounded 7-blade aperture
  • 18 elements in 13 groups
  • Nano surface coating
  • Max. 240-fps sensor drive for high-speed AF
  • Power-OIS with support for Dual-IS
  • Weather-sealed
  • Minimum focus: 0.85m
  • Filter thread: E58
  • Weight: 357g
  • Diameter: 67mm
  • Length: 100mm
  • Available from March 2017
  • Launch Price: $1,099
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
4 Jan

Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 II Power-OIS

panasonic 45 200mm ii
  • Tele-zoom for MFT
  • Update of 2008-model with improved AF and IS
  • 90-400mm equivalent focal length
  • Aperture range 4/5.6-22
  • Rounded 7-blade aperture
  • 16 elements in 13 groups
  • Multi-coated
  • Max. 240-fps sensor drive for high-speed AF
  • Power-OIS with support for Dual-IS
  • Weather-sealed
  • Minimum focus: 1m
  • Filter thread: E52
  • Weight: 370g
  • Diameter: 70mm
  • Length: 100mm
  • Available from March 2017
  • Launch Price: $449
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
4 Jan

Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II Power-OIS

panasonic 100 300mm ii
  • Supertele-zoom for MFT
  • Update of 2010-model with improved AF and IS
  • 200-600mm equivalent focal length
  • Aperture range 4/5.6-22
  • Rounded 7-blade aperture
  • 17 elements in 12 groups
  • Multi-coated
  • Max. 240-fps sensor drive for high-speed AF
  • Power-OIS with support for Dual-IS
  • Weather-sealed
  • Minimum focus: 1.50m
  • Filter thread: E67
  • Weight: 520g
  • Diameter: 73.6mm
  • Length: 126mm
  • Available from March 2017
  • Launch Price: $649
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
19 Sep

Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4

panasonic leica 50 200mm 28
  • Leica-branded tele-photo zoom for MFT
  • 100-400mm equivalent focal length
  • Power-OIS
  • Currently under development
19 Sep

Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4

panasonic leica 8 18mm 28 4
  • Leica-branded wide-angle zoom for MFT
  • 16-36mm equivalent focal length
  • Currently under development
15 June

Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4

panasonic leica 12mm 14
  • Leica-branded large-aperture wide-angle
  • 24mm equivalent focal length
  • Aperture ring
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • 15 Elements in 12 Groups
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • One ED Element, Two UED Elements
  • Weather-Resistant Construction
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.20m
  • Filter Size: 62mm
  • Length: 70mm
  • Diameter: 70mm
  • Weight: 335g
  • Launch Price: $1,299
  • Street Price: check current offers at Amazon
May 2016

LUMIX G 12-60 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS

panasonic 12 60mm
  • 24-120mm equivalent standard zoom
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • 11 elements in 9 groups
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • High speed digital signal exchange at 240 fps
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.20m
  • Maximum magnification: 0.27x
  • Power-OIS (compatible with Dual-IS)
  • Splash and dust-proof construction
  • Filter Size: 58mm
  • Weight: 210g
  • Length: 66mm
  • Max Diameter: 71mm
  • Launch Price: $499
  • Street Price: check current offers at Amazon
Apr 2016

Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 OIS

panasonic leica 100 400mm
  • 200-800mm equivalent super-tele zoom
  • Panasonic-Leica premium series
  • 20 elements in 13 groups
  • Aperture Range: f/4-6.3 to f/22
  • Nano surface coating
  • High speed digital signal exchange at 240 fps
  • Power-OIS Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Splash and dust-proof design
  • Minimum focus distance: 1.3m
  • Focus range limiter
  • Tripod collar
  • Front filter: E72
  • Length: 172mm
  • Diameter: 83mm
  • Weight: 985g
  • Launch price: $1,799
  • Street price: check current offers at Amazon
Over the years, Panasonic has established itself as a major lens producer. While the company only provided a total of four lenses for its two Four Thirds cameras, it has released a largely complete set of lenses for mFT, ranging from ultra wideangle to super tele-photo. Indeed, Panasonic has to date launched more lenses for m43 than Olympus. Below is a structured overview of all Panasonic-branded mFT lenses. Similar listings, respectively, of all mFT lenses from Olympus and all autofocus and manual mFT lenses (across all manufacturers that support the system) can be found on separate pages.

Headline Specifications of Panasonic MFT Lenses
Wideangle Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 AF no no 83 70 300 2009 1099 latest check
Panasonic FE 8mm f/3.5 AF no no 52 61 165 2010 799 latest check
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH AF 62 YES 70 70 335 2016 1299 latest check
Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 AF 46 no 21 56 55 2010 399 discontinued check
Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 II AF 46 no 21 56 55 2014 399 latest check
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH AF 46 no 36 58 115 2014 599 latest check
Standard Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Mega-OIS AF 37 no 24 56 70 2013 439 latest check
Panasonic X 12-35mm f/2.8 Power OIS AF 58 YES 68 74 305 2012 1299 discontinued check
Panasonic X 12-35mm f/2.8 II Power OIS AF 58 YES 68 74 305 2017 999 latest check
Panasonic Leica DG 12-60mm f/2.8-4 Power OIS AF 62 YES 86 68 320 2017 999 latest check
Panasonic 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Power OIS AF 58 YES 71 66 210 2016 499 latest check
Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS AF 52 no 64 61 165 2010 199 discontinued check
Panasonic HD PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Power-OIS X AF 37 no 27 61 95 2011 399 latest check
Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II AF 46 no 49 56 110 2013 249 latest check
Panasonic 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 OIS AF 52 no 60 60 195 2008 349 latest check
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 ASPH AF 46 no 26 63 100 2009 399 discontinued check
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH AF 46 no 26 63 87 2013 429 latest check
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH AF 46 no 55 63 200 2011 599 latest check
Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 ASPH AF 46 no 52 61 125 2015 249 latest check
Superzoom Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Panasonic 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power-OIS AF 58 no 75 67 265 2013 699 latest check
Panasonic HD 14-140mm f/4-5.8 OIS AF 62 no 84 70 460 2009 849 discontinued check
Tele Primes Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Panasonic 12.5mm f/12 3D AF no no 21 57 45 2010 249 latest check
Panasonic Macro 30mm F2.8 ASPH Mega OIS AF 46 no 64 59 180 2015 399 latest check
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 OIS AF 67 no 77 74 425 2014 1599 latest check
Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH Power OIS AF 37 no 50 55 130 2015 399 latest check
Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 OIS AF 46 no 63 63 225 2009 899 latest check
Tele Zooms Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Panasonic X 35-100mm f/2.8 Power OIS AF 58 YES 100 67 360 2012 1499 discontinued check
Panasonic X 35-100mm f/2.8 II Power OIS AF 58 YES 100 67 357 2017 1099 latest check
Panasonic 35-100mm f/4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS AF 46 no 50 56 135 2014 399 latest check
Panasonic Lumix G 45-150mm f/4-5.6 OIS AF 52 no 73 62 200 2012 299 latest check
Panasonic HD PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 Power-OIS X AF 46 no 90 62 210 2011 449 latest check
Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 OIS AF 52 no 100 70 380 2008 349 discontinued check
Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 II Power-OIS AF 52 YES 100 70 370 2017 449 latest check
Panasonic 100-300mm f/4-5.6 OIS AF 67 no 126 74 520 2010 599 discontinued check
Panasonic 100-300mm f/4-5.6 II Power-OIS AF 67 YES 126 74 520 2017 649 latest check
Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 Power-OIS AF 72 YES 172 83 985 2016 1499 latest check

Further Reading

One advantage of Micro Four Thirds is that the system is supported by several lens manufacturers. Thus, even though you might primarily be a Panasonic shooter, having a look also at the Olympus lens line-up or the m43 lens compendium, which includes third party manufacturer offerings, will provide a more comprehensive view on what the m43 system is offering. Also, in case you are interested to find out how a particular camera-lens combination looks, you might want to check out the simulation tool at four-thirds.org.