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Panasonic to release an updated 14-140mm lens?

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http://www.43rumors.com/ft5-new-14-140mm-lens-to-be-faster-with-f3-5-5-6/

It's just a rumor for now and I'm hoping it's more than just being slightly faster on the wide end. I'm assuming updated auto focusing and stabilizer. Heck, it wouldn't surprise me if it includes a built in zoom motor. With that said, I hope the visual quality will be at least as good or better than the older version. We'll see.
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Here it is.


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April 24, 2013: Panasonic today unveiled a new standard zoom lens LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-FS14140) as a new member of LUMIX G digital interchangeable lens. Complying with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the new lens offers a wide and long zoom range of 14-140mm (35mm camera equivalent: 28-280mm) to suit a large variety of shooting situations yet keeping its profile stylishly compact and lightweight. The lens with this high versatility and mobility can be practically used in a variety of events bringing subjects up close and in shooting impressive portrait with beautifully defocused background.

Comprising of 14 elements in 12 groups, the lens system features three aspherical lenses and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses to achieve dramatic downsizing despite its powerful 10x optical zoom, while minimizing distortion and chromatic aberration.

The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates for not only small, fast movement but also large, slow one making it easy to shoot super clear shots even in low-lit situations such as in night time or indoors.

Incorporating an inner focus drive system and stepping motor, The new LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. is capable of smooth, silent operation to work with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for both photo and video recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at max.240 fps to take maximum advantage of cameras with high-speed AF such as DMC-GH3 and the new DMC-G6.

The new LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. is built with a highly reliable metal mount, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts. Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth defocus effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings.
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/04/24/panasonic-introduces-lumix-g-vario-14-140mm-F3p5-5p6-asph-power-ois-for-Micro-Four-Thirds
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Here's some photos. It's a little smaller than the original.
http://www.photographyblog.com/news/panasonic_14_140mm_power_o.i.s_lens_hands_on_photos/

Now to see if Panasonic is willing to update the 20mm f/21.7. That lens have had a ton of praise but lacked a stabilizer so it would be nice to see a stabilizer version and as a bonus, they'd make the auto focusing work better in video mode.
Edited by Paulo Teixeira - 4/23/13 at 10:07pm
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