"Pancake" Zooms?
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Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
"Pancake" Zooms? on 08/23/2011 23:01:06 MDT Print View

If true, this will be a big leap forward for mirrorless systems. No waffling.
Note too, the power zoom for video fans.

http://www.43rumors.com/ft5-hot-image-leak-panasonic-new-14-42mm-is-a-pancake/

Cheers,

Rick

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: "Pancake" Zooms? on 08/26/2011 10:53:47 MDT Print View

And here it is.

http://dpreview.com/previews/panasonic_x_14-42_3p5-5p6/

While targeting the video-centric shooter, if it's as sharp as Panny implies it will be a very attractive compact zoom for still photographers. Smallest zoom I've ever seen for a system camera. On a GF3 body the combined weight will be a scant 359g/12.7 oz. Remarkable.

Cheers,

Rick

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: Re: "Pancake" Zooms? on 08/26/2011 11:00:22 MDT Print View

I have to say that the Panny shooters have had a great lineup of lenses and this one is really nice. I typically restrict myself to the 16mm prime on my NEX because of it's small size but it means that many of my portraits are so-so. With a 42mm that would change things quite a bit. I'm not changing my system, but wish Sony could put a little more effort in competing with Panasonic. I could always buy a Pentax 40mm 2.8 Prime and use my adapter but it's a lot more work. I'll just keep whining.

Mark Primack
(Bufa) - MLife

Locale: Cape Cod and Northern Newfoundland
Pancake zoom on 08/26/2011 13:57:29 MDT Print View

This lens is the one! Extremely compact and light and Pana claims that it has better image quality.

I've been waiting for micro four thirds or NEX to mature and they are getting there. I'd been leaning towards the new PEN Micro in part because the Oly 14-42 is smaller than the Pana equivalent and the PEN 14-140 zoom is much lighter than the Pana or NEX alternatives. But this lens pushes me towards the GF. Finally a great camera system that is light enough to put in a pack!

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Pancake" Zooms ! on 08/26/2011 19:17:20 MDT Print View

The Pancake zoom was made official yesterday and with that Pana announced their "premium" 45-175mm (90-350mm) tele zoom.
This is a 3.5", 7.4oz lens (90mm,210g)
http://www.dpreview.com/news/1108/11082612panasoniclumix_x_45-175mm.asp
If you can put up with the max aperture, the above duo sounds pretty good to me.
Franco

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
Pancake" Zooms? on 08/26/2011 20:19:22 MDT Print View

Very nice. I'm going to have to jump in now! Probably with the Olympus system as I have to have an EVF and I believe that the GF3 doesn't allow for one to be used. This lens combined with a fast prime would be very sweet system.