Panasonic announces Lumix G 42.5mm portrait and 30mm macro lenses

by Gannon Burgett

posted Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 1:12 PM EST


Panasonic has announced two new pieces of glass for its Micro Four Thirds lens lineup: a 42.5mm f/1.7 portrait and 30mm f/2.8 macro.

Designed from the ground up as a portraiture lens, the 42.5mm f/1.7 offers a large maximum aperture at an 85mm full-frame equivalent focal length. In addition to the speedy, 7-blade aperture, the 42.5mm f/1.7 offers Panasonic’s optical image stabilization and 240fps Drive AF. As for the glass inside, it consists of 10 elements in 8 groups, including one aspherical element.

MTF charts for each lens: 42.5mm f/1.7 (left) 30mm f/2.8 (right)

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the 30mm f/2.8 macro lens, capable of a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1 at a 60mm full-frame equivalent focal length. As with its portrait-oriented counterpart, the 30mm f/2.8 features Panasonic’s optical image stabilization and 240fps Drive AF. The glass inside is made up of 9 elements in 9 groups, including 1 aspherical element.

Both lenses are set to go on sale in May for $397.99, with the 42.5mm f/1.7 coming in both black and silver, while the 30mm f/2.8 macro lens will come in only the matte-black finish. If you’d like to ensure you’re one of the first to get your hands on one, you can pre-order both the 42.5mm f/1.7 and 30mm f/2.8 from B&H.