Panasonic is introducing a new telephoto zoom digital interchangeable lens, the Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm / F1.7 ASPH (H-X2550), which it claims to be a world-first.

The G Series lens features a large F1.7 aperture throughout the entire 50-100mm zoom range with high optical performance, meeting Leica standards.

Designed to pair with the highly acclaimed Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH (H-X1025), together the two lenses are the equivalent of eight prime lenses, covering a focusing distance from wide angle to telephoto.

Panasonic Australia product marketing manager for imaging, James Choi said it is exciting to add the Leica DG 25-50mm F1.7 lens to the the G Series lens line-up.

“The G Series range offers high optical performance for both photographic and cinematic applications, such as interviews and documentaries,” he said.

The lens is compatible with the Lumix G sensor drive at 240fps for high-speed, high-precision auto focusing. Silent operation is achieved by the inner focus drive system, while the stepless aperture ring and micro-step drive system allow smooth catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning.

The H-X2550 boasts a minimum focusing distance of 0.28m (at wide end, 0.31m at tele end) and the maximum magnification ratio of 0.42x (35mm camera equivalent) for superior macro photography. The lens has a rugged dust and splash-resistant design and is freeze-proof down to minus 10 degrees Celsius.

The Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X2550) will be available for RRP $2,899 in August 2021 from leading photographic specialists.