Panasonic has just officially announced the new Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH Lens (Amazon/ B&H/ Adorama). Jeff Keller posted some Panasonic 10-25mm f/1.7 lens hands-on lenses at DPReview.com. This new MFT lens will start shipping from 07/25/2019 for $1,797.99.
Make no mistake, the 10-25mm F1.7 is a hefty lens, but it’s not nearly as large or heavy as one would expect given its ambitious spec. The lens is 128mm (5″) long, has a max diameter of 88mm (3.5″) and weighs in at 690g (1.5lb). By comparison, Sigma’s 18-35mm F1.8 Art lens is a bit shorter, but almost 20% heavier, despite covering a narrower range of focal lengths.
The 10-25mm is a pricey lens, and it feels like it in the hand. It’s virtually all metal and is dust and splash-resistant. The lens can function down to -10°C/+14°F.
The 10-25 is the first Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lens to have a focus clutch, making it easy to quickly switch between auto and manual focus. As you can see from the photo above, the lens can focus down to 28cm (11″).
With the clutch pulled back, the manual focus response is linear. This will be especially useful for video shooters, since it means you can be certain of how much the focus will change in response to you turning the lens. There’s a feedback stop at either end of the focus range but they’re not hard stops: the focus ring will continue to rotate beyond the close and far points, so it’s not great for use with a follow-focus.
Stills shooters are likely to appreciate that it gives an experience much more like an old, mechanically-driven lens.
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