The LEICA D lens and LUMIX L10. Two superb technologies, one exciting camera, countless possibilities. The new LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-50mm/F3.8-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. lens. It's a lens that renders images of exquisite beauty in a digital SLR camera that offers comfortable, easy operation.
The LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-50mm/F3.8-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. lens comprises 15 elements in 11 groups, with two aspherical lenses and two ED (Extra Low Dispersion) lenses that feature large diameters and high dimensional precision. The D lens' many other advanced features include a carefully applied multi-coating to prevent flare and a circular aperture that produces a beautiful dimensional ambience. The focusing system is entirely internal, so the external length of the lens doesn't change during focusing.
The 14-50mm focal length is equivalent to 28-100mm on a 35mm film format. From wide angle to zoom, this lens does it all. You can take incredible beautiful portraits and expansive landscape photos. The minimum focusing distance is just 29 cm over the entire zoom range, so you can capture 0.42x close-ups (35mm equivalent).
An image-rendering performance with magnificent beauty
While carrying over the renowned ability of LEICA D lenses to express the "ambience" of air, smooth gradation and rich, vibrant color, this advanced new lens also features a state-of-the-art design that brings overall performance to new heights. Distortion and peripheral vignetting at the wide end are minimal. Image definition is superb, and there is no color bleeding. This is the kind of lens that makes photography such a satisfying creative pursuit.
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The LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR lens is equipped with Panasonic's advanced MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer). More often than not, blurry photos are caused by slight hand-shake (not poor focusing performance, which is a common misperception). MEGA O.I.S. compensates for hand-shake to help prevent blurring, so you get sharp, clear shots every time you shoot.
To further improve image stabilization performance - meeting the more advanced requirements of single-lens reflex cameras - the lens also incorporates Panasonic's Venus Engine. This advanced LSI processes output from the gyrosensors at an extraordinary 4,000 times per second, helping achieve an exceptional hand-shake compensation performance.
Three image stabilization modes to suit different needs
When the MEGA O.I.S. is in continuous operation, you see a clear, blur-free image in the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor. However, the gyrosensor system provides maximum performance when MEGA O.I.S. is activated only at the moment the shutter is released. With the DMC-L10 you can select whichever of three stabilization modes better suits your needs.
* MODE2 cannot be used when mounted on a camera of another brand.
The lens mount system used in the L10 is based on the Four Thirds™ open standard. This helps provide the optimal lens design for digital photography while also making it possible to create a lens that is small in size without sacrificing focal distance or brightness. Use of the Four Thirds™ Standard also means the L10 can use lenses made by other manufacturers using the same standard. You get an extensive range of interchangeable lenses to choose from.
Rather than simply following the old analog format, the Four Thirds™ Standard was developed specifically to maximize image quality with digital photography. This system is based on an open standard, with all of the flexibility that entails. Manufacturers can use the Four Thirds™ open standard to create distinctive products that meet your needs.
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