Panasonic has announced the LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 25-50mm/ F1.7 ASPH, which it bills as the world’s first telephoto zoom with a constant f/1.7 aperture.
Priced at £1,799.99, the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 25-50mm/ F1.7 ASPH is comprised of 16 elements in 11 groups, which includes an aspherical lens and three ED lenses to reduce chromatic aberration.
The f/1.7 aperture throughout the 50-100mm equivalent focal range allows for use in low-light conditions and promises smooth bokeh effects.
The new LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 25-50mm/ F1.7 ASPH is also aimed at videographers, as it boasts a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing throughout the entire zoom range.
It also incorporates an inner focus drive system, steeples aperture ring and micro-step drive system in the aperture control which help your camera catch up to changes in light levels when zooming and panning.
Other features include a minimum focus distance of 0.28cm at the wide-angle end and 0.31m at the telephoto end of the focal range. It also offers a 0.42x (equivalent) maximum magnification ratio.
The Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 25-50mm/ F1.7 ASPH release date will be August 2021, with a price tag of £1,799.99.