Leica DG Summilux 9mm f/1.7 lens for Panasonic

Panasonic’s latest wide-angle lens for the Micro Four Thirds format is the Leica DG Summilux 9mm f/1.7 lens. Constructed of 12 elements in nine groups, the lens offers 18mm coverage (full-frame equiv.) and features two aspherical elements, two extra-low dispersion (ED) elements and one Ultra High Refractive Index (UHR) element, and tips the scales at just 130g. It features a rugged dust/splash-resistant design, and will operate at temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius. 

According to Panasonic, the lens promises 'smooth, silent operation’, and is compatible with the LUMIX G sensor drive at 240 fps.

For those who prefer manual focusing, the lens can be set for non-linear settings where the focus is shifted with a variable amount according to the rotation speed of the focus ring. For a linear setting, focus is shifted with a designated amount depending on how much the ring is rotated. Sensitivity can be selected from 90 to 360 degreesin 30-degree increments.

For shooting macro, the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.095m with a magnification ratio of 0.5x (35mm equivalent). Filter diameter is 55mm, and the lens has a

The lens has macro capabilities, and offers a focusing distance of 0.095m with an magnification ratio of 0.25x (35mm camera equivalent: 0.5x). The lens weighs in at a lightweight 130g, features a The filter diameter is 55 mm, and the lens has a 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

Available this July, the Leica DG Summilux 9mm f/1.7 lens will have an RRP of $849.

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