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The latest optics for DSLR and mirrorless models

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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm ƒ/4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS; Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm ƒ/2.8 ASPH Power OIS
This fall, Panasonic is shipping two new zooms for the Micro Four Thirds system. Together they cover a wide range of focal lengths from 12mm at the wide end to 150mm on the telephoto.

The wide zoom, the Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm ƒ/2.8 ASPH Power OIS, is the latest addition to the company's premium "X" lineup of lenses, and it offers a fast maximum aperture and an equivalent focal length of 24-70mm.

At the longer end, the Lumix G Vario 45-150mm ƒ/4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS is a compact and affordable way to get the equivalent range of a 90-300mm telephoto zoom.

Both new lenses have optical image stabilization for handholding assistance at slower shutter speeds, nano surface coatings for minimized lens flare and aspherical glass designed to eliminate aberrations.

List Price: 12-35mm ($1,299); 45-150mm (TBD).

Pentax smc DA 50mm ƒ/1.8; Pentax smc DA 40mm ƒ/2.8 XS
Pentax has introduced two new prime lenses. Following in the long tradition of fast 50mm DSLR primes come the new Pentax smc DA 50mm ƒ/1.8 and 40mm ƒ/2.8 XS lenses.

Unlike most 40mm and 50mm primes, however, these two lenses behave less like normal lenses and more like portrait lenses, as the Pentax K-mount lenses on which they're used have APS-C-sized sensors.

The 50mm looks like a 75mm short telephoto, and the 40mm pancake lens—supersmall—like a 60mm long normal lens. Both of them are inexpensive and ultracompact, and sure to be welcome additions to any camera bag.

List Price: 40mm ($249); 50mm ($249).


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