Panasonic has announced new teleconverters for LUMIX S Series telephoto zoom lenses: a 1.4x Teleconverter DMW-STC14 and a 2x Teleconverter DMW-STC20.
The new teleconverters for LUMIX S Series can be attached to the LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. Essentially, they turn the lens into a super telephoto lens with an extended zoom range. The pair would offer an extended zoom range of maximum 400 mm with “high-speed and high-precision” autofocus, according to Panasonic.
Both teleconverters, the DMW-STC14 and DMW-STC20, will also be compatible with the new 70-200mm F2.7 S series lens. That lens will be released later in 2019.
Design and durability
The DMW-STC14 has 7 elements including 2 UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index Lens) lenses in 4 groups. As for the DMW-STC20, it features 8 lenses including 2 UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index Lens) lenses in 4 groups.
Both of the teleconverters sport a rugged and dust and splash-resistant design. So they should be able to handle some harsh conditions. They can even handle -10 degrees Centigrade. It is important to note though, Panasonic did say “Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.”
It’s been a big week for Panasonic. The company dropped the huge announcement of the world’s first mirrorless camera to shoot 6K 24p video: the LUMIX S1H. Panasonic also announced the LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm. That lens features a fast F1.7 aperture across the full zoom range. So, there seems to be a lot to keep an eye on from Panasonic in the coming months.
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