Panasonic has introduced a brand new lens to their Micro Four Thirds system lineup at IFA 2015 in Berlin, along with color tweaks for three of their existing pieces of glass. The new Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH is making its debut, while the company’s existing 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6, 45-150mm f/4-5.6, and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 will soon all be offered in a ‘matte black’ color finish.
Panasonic’s Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH is a prime lens aimed at ‘enhanced low-light shooting and depth of field control’. The field of view is 47-degrees, which is a 35mm equivalent of 50mm due to the Micro Four Thirds 2.0 crop factor. The lens is constructed from eight elements in seven lens groups and features seven rounded diaphragm blades to achieve smooth bokeh.
The lens utilizes a single UHR element paired with two aspherical elements to help reduce chromatic aberrations and distortion while producing even illumination and sharpness. Overall, the lens measures just 2-inches long and weighs 4.4 ounces. If you are shooting video, the stepping auto-focus motor will also ensure smooth and quiet performance. For filter attachment, the lens’ thread size is 46mm.
You can preorder the new 25mm f/1.7 from B&H Photo Video for $298. The shipping time is currently ‘not available’, so there is no precise word on when you will receive the new piece of glass, but you can secure a position in line. The 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6, 45-150mm f/4-5.6, and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 in matte black are also all available for preorder.