Panasonic Camera Lenses
Japanese electronics company Panasonic makes a range of lenses designed to be used with their Lumix cameras. Panasonic makes a relatively small but still full lens ecosystem, ranging from ultra wide angle lenses to extremely long super telephotos.
Panasonic G Mount Lenses
Panasonic makes G mount lenses for the Micro Four Thirds standard, which they launched in 2008 alongside fellow camera manufacturer Olympus. This standard is common across all of Panasonic's Lumix G interchangeable lens cameras as well as some models from other manufacturers. Micro Four Thirds cameras have a crop factor of 2x compared to a full frame sensor. In other words, a 50 mm lens used with a Micro Four Thirds camera will have the equivalent field of view to a 100 mm lens on a full frame DSLR. This, combined with the overall smaller size of Micro Four Thirds cameras, allows a full setup to weigh comparatively little, and also allows for extremely long effective focal lengths without having to resort to using teleconverters. Panasonic has also collaborated with legendary camera manufacturer Leica to produce premium lenses for the G mount.
Panasonic Prime Lenses
Panasonic Micro Four Thirds Camera Lenses can be extremely compact, and even more so if they contain no bulky zoom optics. Prime lenses might not be as versatile as zooms, but they can weigh less and boast much larger maximum apertures. The tiny Lumix G 14 mm F2.5 II ASPH weighs just 55 grams and measures around two centimetres long, making it very convenient for travel and street photography. Even long, fast super telephoto primes like the Leica DG Elmarit 200 mm F2.8 Power O.I.S. can be surprisingly compact when compared to their equivalents. Panasonic also takes full advantage of aperture size that primes can deliver. Lenses like the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5 mm F1.2 can deliver the short depth of field that portrait photographers dream of.
Panasonic Zoom Lenses
The Panasonic Lumix camera lens family includes a range of high-quality zoom lenses. Even their entry-level kit lens, the Lumix G Vario 14-42 mm F3.5-5.6 II, still features a pair of aspherical elements and an advanced optical image stabilisation system. In fact, lens stabilisation is common across Panasonic's range of zoom lenses as well as some of their primes, allowing shake-free images even at slow shutter speeds. Panasonic zooms include wide angle zooms like the Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 II, all-purpose designs like the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm F3.5/5.6 and telephoto zooms like the Vario 45-200 mm F4.0-5.6 II. Panasonic also collaborated with Leica on some zoom lens designs like the award-winning Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH Power O.I.S., which reaches an incredible full frame equivalent of 800 mm at the long end.
Other Panasonic Lenses
Panasonic's history in interchangeable lens cameras has not been very long. Before the launch of Micro Four Thirds, though, Panasonic made photographic equipment for the previous Four Thirds standard. This included digital interchangeable lens cameras like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1, as well as lenses built in cooperation with Leica like the Vario-Elmarit 14-50 mm F2.8-3.5. Panasonic Four Thirds lenses can be mounted on their later Micro Four Thirds Lumix cameras using a lens mount adapter.