Panasonic - Another leader in optical technologies

On the other side of the world, meanwhile, Panasonic was busily establishing itself as the world’s leading maker of high-precision aspherical lenses.
The company also leads the industry in aspherical glass-mold lens manufacturing technologies, which make it possible to both downsize the lens and improve its performance, and in dual-sided concave lenses. Panasonic also developed sub-micron–precision technologies and mass-production technologies that meshed perfectly with Leica Camera AG’s needs.


Panasonic designs and manufactures lenses at its Yamagata Plant.

Normally, a portion of the spherical front surface of a lens contains aberrations. Lens designers, as they strove to create a perfectly curved lens face, ultimately created a non-spherical or aspherical lens.

The Leica DC Lens

There are presently three lenses for LUMIX compact cameras -- the LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON, LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT, and LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR -- all featuring Leica lens quality. Although small in size, they have a large, bright aperture, meeting the stringent quality standards established by Leica.

Minimal Spherical Distortion

Wide-angle shots taken with most lenses tend to have distortion near the edges. Not so with the Leica DC lens, which is engineered to meet Leica Camera AG’s lofty standards. With its superb image rendering, this lens captures buildings and other objects with remarkable clarity and beauty.

Sharp Resolution All the Way to the Edges

“Resolution” is an indication of how accurately a single thin line can be expressed. With the Leica lens, even an individual stand of hair is rendered with astonishing clarity and detail.

Minimal Spherical Distortion

Wide-angle shots taken with most lenses tend to have distortion near the edges. Not so with the Leica DC lens, which is engineered to meet Leica Camera AG’s lofty standards. With its superb image rendering, this lens captures buildings and other objects with remarkable clarity and beauty.

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