World's First Leica Interchangeable Lens Announced
Leica Camera and Panasonic announced the development of a new interchangeable lens based on the Four Thirds standard. Featuring a focal length from 14mm to 50mm (35mm equivalent: 28mm to 100mm), the new LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH lens is the first interchangeable lens from Leica developed exclusively for digital SLR cameras. The "D" signifies that it is designed for the new digital system.
The LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT lens comprises 16 elements in 12 groups, including two aspherical lenses. Also a large-diameter aspherical glass molded lens is also incorporated.
For use in Panasonic's LUMIX cameras, the LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH lens incorporates MEGA O.I.S. developed by Panasonic. And to assure precise control over the MEGA O.I.S., the Venus Engine is integrated into the lens unit.
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