Panasonic will introduce a new large-aperture ultra-wide fixed focal length lens for the LUMIX G Series, the LEICA DG SUMMILUX 9mm F1.7 (H-X09), designed for professional videographers and photographers. 

Panasonic product marketing manager for imaging, Aaron Waters said, “We are pleased to further build on the broad range of Micro Four Thirds lenses available, supporting creators by developing unique lenses to fill the gaps in their kit. This wide angle, large aperture prime lens has an affordable price point, and we expect it to be a popular choice for vlogging, landscapes, macro and astrophotography.”

The LEICA lens is highly mobile and compact for the ultra-wide category, weighing around 130 grams. To support macro shooting, the focusing distance is short at 0.095m with a magnification ratio of 0.25x. Its rugged design is dust and splash-resistant to withstand use under harsh environmental conditions, down to a temperature of -10 degrees Celsius.

The lens system comprises twelve elements in nine groups including two aspherical lenses, two ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and one UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens to suppress both axial and magnification chromatic aberration.

Furthermore, a UHR (Ultra-High Refractive Index) lens achieves uniform image quality from the centre to the edges of the image and contributes to the unit’s small size. The filter diameter is 55mm, with a 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

The LEICA H-X09 is compatible with the LUMIX G sensor drive at 240 fps. In the non-linear setting, focus is shifted with a variable amount according to the rotation speed of the focus ring; while for linear setting, focus is shifted with a designated amount according to the rotational quantum of the focus ring.

LEICA DG SUMMILUX 9mm F1.7 (H-X09) will be available forRRP $849 in July 2022 from leading photographic specialist retailers.