Way back in 1991, the Minolta Maxxum xi had presented the Power Zoom, characterized by a series of objectives zoom control via buttons instead of using the classic ring. These lenses have also been very successful because of battery consumption and the relative slowness with which the engine was operated zoom.
This solution was exactly two decades after recovery from Panasonic has just introduced two lenses for micro four thirds:
- LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.
- LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.
These two lenses are characterized by the presence of two levers that control the zoom and focus. This should allow you to zoom in and focuser without causing any noise, making it ideal when shooting video. In addition, the zoom can be used exactly as the camera, or a slight pressure corresponds to a slow zoom, a high pressure corresponds to a faster zoom.
In addition to the electronic zoom and focus these lenses are very compact, especially the 14-42mm in size, which competes with the already tiny Panasonic Lumix G 20mm / F1.7 ASPH. Consequently, on balance it is also true featherweight, so perfectly matched for the latest Micro Four Thirds bodies.
Some might complain about not being able to have immediate feedback on the focal length used: no problem as on the camera display will always see this figure, as long as we use the latest additions to the Panasonic. In fact, some special functions such as the choice of zoom speeds are not currently compatible with the Olympus PEN bodies and the bodies of older Panasonic G1, GF1, GH1, G2, G10. We hope that this is only a momentary situation and come out with the lenses of the firmware to update all existing bodies micro four thirds.
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