Panasonic has added two more zoom lenses to its full-frame L-mount roadmap: a large aperture standard zoom and an ultra-telephoto zoom.
Joining the DJI LiDAR focusing support that was also announced today, Panasonic has added two more lenses to its L-mount lens roadmap. This information was shared exclusively at an event in China and, as a result, is not yet public on the company’s website.
However, Panasonic has confirmed that the information is accurate, though what photographers can expect is vague at this point — both in substance and in availability.
First, Panasonic will launch what it describes as a “large aperture zoom lens” that will feature a focal length somewhere in the 20mm to 25mm range at the wide end and around 70mm at the long end. While a 24-70mm f/2.8 would fall into this description, Panasonic already makes an excellent Lumix S PRO 24-70mm f/2.8 that was announced in 2019, so odds are good that it is something new that will somehow stand apart from that lens. It could be something akin to the Sony 20-70mm f/4 lens, but f/4 is not generally considered “large aperture.”
Additionally, Panasonic will also release an ultra-telephoto zoom lens that will feature a focal range of somewhere around 100mm at the wide end and somewhere around 500mm at the long end. Panasonic currently caps out at telephoto with its 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens, so whatever it produces would be designed to start and end longer. Sigma makes a 150-600mm f/5-6.3 for L-mount, so it would likely fall just below that lens’ total reach.
The lens roadmap that includes both of these new lenses is technically not being distributed at the time of publication, so that’s why the only images of it can be found as photos from the live show in China, as highlighted by Asobinet. Below is the most up-to-date lens roadmap that Panasonic is currently publishing, and both of these new zooms are absent from it — for now.
The two new zooms join a pair of other full-frame L-mount lenses that Panasonic added to its roadmap earlier this year: a macro prime lens in the 100mm range and a wide to telephoto “all-in-one” that looks to stretch from the high 20mm range at the wide end to around the 200mm range at the long end.
Panasonic did not provide any pricing or intended availability for any of the upcoming lenses.
Image credits: Panasonic