Panasonic announced a new large-aperture ultra-wide fixed focal length lens, the LEICA DG SUMMILUX 9mm F1.7 (35mm camera equivalent: 18mm) for the LUMIX G Series based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 9mm F1.7 will be available at valued channel partners for $499.99 in late July.
The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 9mm (H-X09) is an ultra-wide-angle lens with a large aperture featuring an exceptionally short focusing distance of 0.095m (3.7 inches) with an outstanding magnification ratio of 0.25x (35mm camera equivalent: 0.5x). The combination of these lenses makes it possible to distinguish the subject’s presence against the background, the company claims, adding the lens “also boasts high descriptive performance and smooth, beautiful bokeh, clearing the stringent LEICA standards, and is suitable for use by professionals and high amateur users for both photo shooting and video recording.”
The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 9mm F1.7 comprises 12 lens elements in nine groups including two aspherical lenses: two ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and one UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens to effectively suppress axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Astigmatism is also corrected with these aspherical lenses, achieving high resolving performance. Furthermore, a Ultra-High Refractive Index (UHR) lens achieves uniform quality from the center to edges of the image while downsizing the lens unit.
The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 9mm F1.7 weighs approximately 130g (4.5 ounces) and has a rugged dust/splash-resistant design that can withstand high mobility and harsh conditions, including frigid temperatures at 10 degrees below zero. The filter diameter is 55 mm, with a 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm.