Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH Pancake lens announced, Price, Specs, Where to Buy

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH Pancake Lens

Panasonic has announced the Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH, a revised version of its classic fast pancake lens for Micro Four Thirds. The H-HS020A, as Panasonic likes to call it, features a metallic exterior and slightly reduced weight, and will come in a choice of silver or black finishes. The optical design appears to be unchanged, with 7 elements in 5 groups including 2 aspheric elements; not a bad thing as its predecessor is one of our favourite lenses.

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Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II lens Price

Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II lens Price – $429.00.

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Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II lens Features and Specifications

The LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 II ASPH, is a compact and lightweight “pancake” lens with outstanding brightness. Featuring a new metallic profile in the Micro Four Thirds standard. It boasts dramatic compactness and light weight despite its F1.7 aperture that enables beautiful soft focus in the background, allowing the subject to stand out impressively.

Comprised of seven lenses in five groups, the new system uses two aspherical lenses to minimize both distortion and chromatic aberration, achieving incredibly high resolution corner to corner. The versatile 20mm focal distance (equivalent to 40mm on a 35 mm film camera) is suitable for wide variety of photography including scenery such as sunsets and dimly lit indoor shots taking advantage of its beautiful soft focus. It supports the Contrast AF system for high precision auto focusing.

Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in unsharp areas when shooting at large aperture settings. The new LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. lens also features a highly reliable metal mount, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its optical performance.

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size FourThirds
Focal length 20 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Maximum aperture F1.7
Minimum aperture F16.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Aperture notes Circular aperture diaphragm
Elements 7
Groups 5
Special elements / coatings 2 aspherical elements
Minimum focus 0.20 m (7.87″)
Maximum magnification 0.13 x
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micromotor
Full time manual Yes
Weight 87 g (0.19 lb)
Diameter 63 mm (2.48″)
Length 26 mm (1.00″)
Materials Metal barrel, metal mount
Colour Silver or Black
Filter thread 46 mm
Filter notes does not rotate on focus
Hood supplied No

Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II lens Release Date

The Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II lens starts shipping on August 7, 2013.

Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II lens Sample Images

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