By Akihiko Moriwaki (photographer and contributor to CAPA)
The high-performance, large aperture lens gives you a little rich experience of snapshots
Structure: 15 elements in 12 groups
Minimum shooting distance: 0.2m
Aperture blade: 9 (circular)
Filter diameter: 62mm
Size (mm): 70 (exterior) x 70 (total length)
Price: JPY180,000 (not including tax)
To be released in July 2016
Panasonic announced the launch of a new wide-angle lens equivalent to 24m: Summilux with an open aperture of F1.4. It is the fifth in the series of single fixed Leica DG lenses. It has an optical structure designed to prevent aberrations at a point source around the screen, which often happen to wide-angle lenses. This allows the lens to capture nigh scenes and stars sharply. Also, it is dust- and drip-proof, so you can use it reliably outdoors.
The large aperture F1.4 lens works brilliantly in dark rooms. And that makes it easier to take snapshots in the evening and at night. Furthermore, because the minimum shooting distance is short, you can use the lens like a macro lens.
Recently snapshots are becoming more interesting with the arrival of Lumix GX7 Mark II, which is compact. Now single-fixed Leica DG lenses provide wide-angle, medium telephoto and macro lenses. They will make snapshots all the more fun.