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Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens Owner Guide

Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens FEATURE

Panasonic

Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens

Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens PRODUCT

ABOUT Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a multinational electronics company headquartered in Osaka, Japan. It was founded in 1918 by Konosuke Matsushita and originally started as a vendor of duplex lamp sockets. Over the years, Panasonic has grown into one of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world, offering a wide range of products and services.

Panasonic‘s business operations span various sectors, including consumer electronics, home appliances, automotive, industrial solutions, and B2B solutions. The company is known for its innovation and has a strong focus on research and development.

THE FOLLOWING APPLIES ONLY IN CANADA.

  • CAN ICES-3(BY/NMB-3(B)

Information for Your Safety

Keep the unit as far away as possible from electromagnetic equipment (such as microwave ovens, TVs, video games, radio transmitters, high-voltage lines, etc….…..)

  • Do not use the camera near cell phones because doing so may result in noise adversely affecting the pictures and sound.
  • If the camera is adversely affected by electromagnetic equipment and stops functioning properly, turn the camera off and remove the battery and/or the connected AC adaptor. Then reinsert the battery and/or reconnect the AC adaptor and turn the camera on.

The lens can be used with a digital camera compatible with the lens mount standard for the “Micro Four ThirdsTM System”.

  • It cannot be mounted on the Four ThirdsTM mount specification camera.
  • The digital camera illustrations in this owner’s manual show DMC-G5 as an example.
  • The appearance and specifications of products described in this manual may differ from the actual products you have purchased due to later enhancements.
  • Micro Four ThirdsTM and Micro Four Thirds Logo marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Olympus Imaging Corporation, in Japan, the United States, the European Union, and other countries.
  • Four ThirdsTM and Four Thirds Logo marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Olympus Imaging Corporation, in Japan, the United States, the European Union, and other countries.
  • G MICRO SYSTEM is an interchangeable lens type digital camera system of LUMIX based on a Micro Four Thirds System standard.
  • Other names of systems and products mentioned in these instructions are usually the registered trademarks or trademarks of the manufacturers who developed the system or product concerned.

THE FOLLOWING APPLIES ONLY IN THE U.S.A.

FCC Note:

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, under Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used by the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.

However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
  • Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

Any unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment would void the user’s authority to operate this device. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and
  2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Precautions

Lens Care

  • Sand and dust can damage the lens. Make sure that no sand or dust gets inside the lens or the terminals when using the lens on a beach, etc.
  • The lens is neither waterproof nor splash-proof. If drops of water get onto the lens, wipe the lens with a dry cloth. 
  • Do not press the lens with excessive force.
  • When there is dirt (water, oil, fingerprints, etc.) on the surface of the lens, the picture may be affected. Lightly wipe the surface of the lens with a soft, dry cloth before and after taking pictures.
  • Do not place the lens mount facing downwards. Do not allow the lens contact point 1 to become dirty.Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens-fig 1

About Condensation (Fogging of the Lens)

  • Condensation occurs when there are differences in temperature and humidity as described below. Condensation can cause the lens to become dirty and lead to mold and malfunctioning, so exercise caution in the following situations:
    • When the camera is brought indoors from outside during cold weather
    • When the camera is brought into an air-conditioned car
    • When cold air from an air conditioner is directly blown onto the lens
    • In humid places
  • Put the camera into a plastic bag to allow it to acclimatize to the surrounding temperature to prevent condensation. If condensation occurs, turn the power off and leave it for about two hours. Once the camera acclimatizes to the surrounding temperature the condensation will go away naturally.

Supplied Accessories

[Inspection to be performed when you unpack the unit]
When removing the unit from its packing box, check that the main unit and the supplied accessories are there and also check their external appearance and functions to verify that they have not sustained any damage during distribution and transportation. If you discover any trouble, contact your vendor before using the product. Product numbers are correct as of April 2014. These may be subject to change.Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens-fig 2

  1. Lens Pouch
  2. Lens Hood
    A: Black
    B: Silver
  3. Lens Hood Cap
    A: Black
    B: Silver 
  4. Lens Cap
  5. Lens Rear Cap
  6. Decoration ring
    A: Black
    B: Silver
  • The lens cap, lens rear cap, and decoration ring are attached to the lens at the time of purchase. In addition, the lens hood cap is attached to the lens hood.

Names and Functions of Components

Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens-fig 3

  1. Lens surface
  2. Decoration ring
    Remove this cover when using the lens hood.
  3. Aperture ring
    Rotate this to adjust the aperture value
  4. Focus ring
    Rotate to focus when taking pictures with manual focus (MF).
  5. [AF/MF] switch
    This allows you to switch between Auto Focus (AF) and Manual Focus (MF). If you set [MF], you can use the focus ring to adjust the focus.
    When either the [AF/MF] switch of the lens or the setting of the camera is set to [MF], Manual Focus (MF) is enabled.
  6. Lens fitting mark
  7. Contact points

Note 

  • When using this lens and the flash to record a subject very close to the camera, a darker shadowed area may appear in the lower portion of the picture. This situation is not a malfunction and is caused when the flash is partially blocked by the lens. This situation may be worsened when the lens hood is used. 
  • In very quiet situations Auto Focus operating sounds may be recorded during motion picture recording. This is not a malfunction. In such situations, switching to Manual Focus will improve the situation. 
  • The aperture can be adjusted with the aperture ring only when a Panasonic digital camera is attached to the lens. (As of April 2014)

Attaching/Detaching the Lens

Check that the camera is turned off. 

  • Remove the lens rear cap from the lens.Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens-fig  4

Attaching the Lens
Align the lens fitting marks A on the camera body and the lens and then rotate the lens in the direction of the arrow until it clicks. Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens-fig 5

  • Do not press the lens release button B when you attach a lens. 
  • Do not try to attach the lens when holding it at an angle to the camera body as the lens mount may get scratched.
  • Check that the lens is attached correctly. 
  • Be sure to remove the lens cap when recording.

Detaching the Lens
While pressing on the lens release button B), rotate the lens toward the arrow until it stops and then remove.Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens-fig 6

  • Attach the lens rear cap so that the lens contact point does not get scratched.
  • Attach the body cap to the camera so no dirt or dust will get inside the main unit.

Attaching the Lens Hood (Supplied Accessory)

  • Before attaching the lens hood. make sure to remove the lens cap. The lens hood cannot be attached unless you remove the lens cap.Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens-fig 7
  1. Rotate the decoration ring C in the direction of the arrow to remove it.
  2. Align the mounting index D on the lens hood with the mark on the tip of the lens.
  3. Rotate the lens hood in the direction of the arrow until it clicks into place, and align the stop position E on the lens hood with the index on the tip of the lens.

Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens-fig 8

Note 

  • When using this lens and the flash to record a subject very close to the camera, a darker shadowed area may appear in the lower portion of the picture. This situation is not a malfunction and is caused when the flash is partially blocked by the lens. This situation may be worsened when the lens hood is used. 
  • When using the AF assist lamp in the dark, detach the lens hood. 
  • Make sure to remove the lens hood cap when recording an image.

Attaching the decoration ring

  • Before attaching the decoration ring, make sure to remove the lens cap.
  1. Align the mounting position G on the decoration ring with a position approximately 90° away from the lens fitting mark F to fit the decoration ring into place.
  2. Rotate the decoration ring in the direction of the arrow to align the mounting position G on the decoration ring with the lens fitting mark F.Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens-fig 9

Attaching Filters 

  • Vignetting may occur if using 2 or more MC protectors (optional: DMW-LMC46), PL filters (optional: DMW-LPL46), or ND filters (optional: DMW-LND46), or if using thick protectors and/or filters.
  • The filter may become impossible to remove if excessively tightened, so please refrain from tightening it too strongly.
  • It is possible to attach the lens cap with the filter already attached. 
  • When the lens hood is attached to this lens, you cannot attach a filter to it. 
  • You cannot attach a conversion lens or adaptor to this lens. A filter may be used, but attaching any other element may cause damage to the lens.

Cautions for Use

Take care not to drop or knock the lens. Also, take care not to put a lot of pressure on the lens.

  • Take care not to drop the bag that you inserted the lens in as it may damage the lens. The camera may stop operating normally and pictures may no longer be recorded.

When using pesticides and other volatile substances around the camera make sure that they do not get onto the lens.

  • If such substances get onto the lens they can damage the exterior case or cause the paint to peel.

Do not point the lens at the sun or other strong light sources. 

  • This could cause the lens to collect an excessive amount of light, resulting in fire and malfunction.
  • Under no circumstances should the unit be stored in any of the following locations since doing so may cause problems in operation or malfunction.
    • In direct sunlight or on a beach in summer
    • In locations with high temperatures and humidity levels or where the changes in temperature and humidity are acute
    • In locations with high concentrations of sand, dust, or dirt
    • Where there is fire
    • Near heaters, air conditioners, or humidifiers
    • Water may make the unit wet
    • Where there is vibration
    • Inside a vehicle
  • Refer also to the owner’s manual of the digital camera.
  • When the unit is not going to be used for a  prolonged period, we recommend storing it with a desiccant (silica gel). Failure to do so may result in performance failure caused by mold, etc. It is recommended that you check the unit’s operation before use.
  • Do not leave the lens in contact with rubber or plastic products for extended periods.
  • Do not touch the lens contact point. Doing so can cause failure of the unit.
  • Do not disassemble or alter the unit.

Do not use benzine, thinner, alcohol, or other similar cleaning agents to clean the lens glass or exterior cabinet.

  • Using solvents can damage the lens or cause the paint to peel.
  • Wipe off any dust or fingerprints with a soft, dry cloth. ≥ Use a dry, dust cloth to remove dirt and dust on the zoom ring and focus ring.
  • Do not use a household detergent or a chemically treated cloth.

Troubleshooting

When I turn on or off the camera or when I shake the lens, I hear a sound, for example, a rattling sound. When I take pictures of a bright subject, such as a subject outside, or when I take pictures with a large aperture value, the lens makes a sound.

  • This is the sound of lens or aperture movement and is not a malfunction.

Specifications

Specifications are subject to change without notice. INTERCHANGEABLE LENS FOR DIGITAL CAMERA “LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15 mm/F1.7 ASPH.”

Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens-fig 10

Limited Warranty FOR U.S.A. 

Panasonic Products Limited Warranty Limited Warranty Coverage (For USA Only) If your product does not work properly because of a defect in materials or workmanship, Panasonic Corporation of North America (referred to as “the warrantor”) will, for the length of the period indicated on the chart below, which starts with the date of original purchase (“warranty period*), at its option either

  1. repair your product with new or refurbished parts,
  2. replace it with a new or a refurbished equivalent value product, or
  3. refund your purchase price. The decision to repair, replace or refund will be made by the warrantor.

Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens-fig 11

During the “Labor” warranty period there will be no charge for labor. During the “Parts” warranty period, there will be no charge for parts. This Limited Warranty excludes both parts and labor for non-rechargeable batteries, antennas, and cosmetic parts (cabinet). This warranty only applies to products purchased and serviced in the United States or Puerto Rico. This warranty is extended only to the original purchaser of a new product that was not sold “as is”.

Mail-In Service

  • Online Repair Request

Online Repair Request

To submit a new repair request and for quick repair status visit our Web Site at

When shipping the unit, carefully pack, include all supplied accessories listed in the Owner’s Manual, and send it prepaid, adequately insured, and packed well in a carton box. When shipping Lithium Ion batteries please visit our Web Site at www.panasonic.com/BatteryHandling as Panasonic is committed to providing the most up-to-date information. Include a letter detailing the complaint, a return address and provide a daytime phone number where you can be reached. A valid registered receipt is required under the Limited Warranty.

IF REPAIR IS NEEDED DURING THE WARRANTY PERIOD, THE PURCHASER WILL BE REQUIRED TO FURNISH A SALES RECEIPT/PROOF OF PURCHASE INDICATING DATE OF PURCHASE, AMOUNT PAID, AND PLACE OF PURCHASE. CUSTOMERS WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE REPAIR OF ANY UNIT RECEIVED WITHOUT SUCH PROOF OF PURCHASE.

Limited Warranty Limits And Exclusions
This warranty ONLY COVERS failures due to defects in materials or workmanship and DOES NOT COVER normal wear and tear or cosmetic damage. The warranty ALSO DOES NOT COVER damages which occurred in shipment, or failures which are caused by products not supplied by the warrantor, or failures which result from accidents, misuse, abuse, neglect, mishandling, misapplication, alteration, faulty installation, set-up adjustments, misadjustment of consumer controls, improper maintenance, power line surge, lightning damage, modification, introduction of sand, humidity or liquids, commercial use such as hotel, office, restaurant, or other business or rental use of the product, or service by anyone other than a Factory Service Center or other Authorized Servicer, or damage that is attributable to acts of God.

THERE ARE NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES EXCEPT AS LISTED UNDER “LIMITED WARRANTY COVERAGE”. THE WARRANTOR IS NOT LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THIS PRODUCT, OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY.
(As examples, this excludes damages for lost time, travel to and from the servicer, and loss of or damage to media or images, data, or other memory or recorded content. The items listed are not exclusive, but for illustration only.)

ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, ARE LIMITED TO THE PERIOD OF THE LIMITED WARRANTY.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. If a problem with this product develops during or after the warranty period, you may contact your dealer or Service Center. If the problem is not handled to your satisfaction, then write to the warrantor’s Consumer Affairs Department at the addresses listed for the warrantor.
PARTS AND SERVICES, THAT ARE NOT COVERED BY THIS LIMITED WARRANTY, ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Customer Services Directory 
Obtain Product Information and Operating Assistance; locate your nearest Dealer or Service Center; purchase Parts and Accessories; or make Customer Service and Literature requests

Accessory Purchases (United States) 

Purchase Parts, Accessories, and Instruction Books online for all Panasonic Products

  • by visiting our Web Site at: http://www.pstc.panasonic.com Or,
  • Send your request by E-mail to: npcparts@us.panasonic.com
  • You may also contact us directly at 1-800-332-5368 (Phone) or 1-800-237-9080 (Fax Only)
    (Monday-Friday 9 am-9 pm EST)
  • Panasonic National Parts Center 20421 84th Ave S., Kent, WA 98032

(We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover Card, and American Express.) For hearing or speech-impaired TTY users,

  • TTY: 1-866-605-1277

ONLY FOR CANADA

Panasonic Canada Inc.
5770 Ambler Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 2T3

PANASONIC PRODUCT – LIMITED WARRANTY

Panasonic Canada Inc. warrants this product to be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and for a period as stated below from the date of original purchase agrees to, at its option either (a) repair your product with new or refurbished parts, (b) replace it with a new or a refurbished equivalent value product, or (c) refund your purchase price. The decision to repair, replace or refund will be made by Panasonic Canada Inc.Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens-fig 12

This warranty is given only to the original purchaser, or the person for whom it was purchased as a gift, of a Panasonic brand product mentioned above sold by an authorized Panasonic dealer in Canada and purchased and used in Canada, which product was not sold “as is”, and which product was delivered to you in new condition in the original packaging.

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE WARRANTY SERVICE HEREUNDER, A PURCHASE RECEIPT OR OTHER PROOF OF DATE OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE, SHOWING THE AMOUNT PAID AND PLACE OF PURCHASE IS REQUIRED

LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS

This warranty ONLY COVERS failures due to defects in materials or workmanship and DOES NOT COVER normal wear and tear or cosmetic damage. The warranty ALSO DOES NOT COVER damages which occurred in shipment, or failures which are caused by products not supplied by Panasonic Canada Inc., or failures which result from accidents, misuse, abuse, neglect, mishandling, misapplication, alteration, faulty installation, set-up adjustments, misadjustment of consumer controls, improper maintenance, improper batteries, power line surge, lightning damage, modification, introduction of sand, humidity or liquids, commercial use such as hotel, office, restaurant, or other business or rental use of the product, or service by anyone other than an Authorized Servicer, or damage that is attributable to acts of God.

Dry cell batteries, printer ink cartridges, and paper are also excluded from coverage under this warranty. Rechargeable batteries are warranted for ninety (90) days from the date of original purchase.

THIS EXPRESS, LIMITED WARRANTY IS INSTEAD OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT WILL PANASONIC CANADA INC. BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THIS PRODUCT OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY.

(As examples, this warranty excludes damages for lost time, travel to and from the Authorized Servicer, and loss of or damage to media or images, data, or other memory or recorded content. This list of items is not exhaustive, but for illustration only.) In certain instances, some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above limitations and exclusions may not be applicable. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may have other rights which vary depending on your province or territory.

WARRANTY SERVICE

For product operation, repairs, and information assistance, please visit our

FAQS About Panasonic LUMIX G 15mm Leica DG SUMMILUX Lens

What’s the weight of a Panasonic Leica 15mm F1 7?

115 g

Do Panasonic Leica lenses have a Leica design?

Together with Panasonic, Leica develops the lenses—but only those that can be used with Panasonic and Panasonic-branded Leica cameras.

Are Leica Panasonic lenses better?

When using the optical stabilization alone on an Olympus camera or a Panasonic Lumix body that is not stabilized, the Pana-Leica appears to have a distinct advantage.

Are Panasonic cameras Leica?

Leica Camera AG and Panasonic Corporation have been working together since August 2000.

Worth buying Panasonic Leica lenses?

The Panasonic Leica 15mm f/1. 7 lens is a fantastic option for vacation or street photography because it is small and light.

What connection do Leica and Panasonic have?

Leica Camera AG and Panasonic Corporation have been working together since August 2000.

What components make up Leica lenses?

There are twelve separate components altogether, including the rare earth element lanthanum.

Why are Leica lenses unique?

high processing speeds and unique image quality.

What makes Leica lenses so unique?

camera quality

What makes Leica so unique?

By any standard, Leica cameras are pricey, but they are also recognized for their elegant designs, outstanding builds, superb image quality, and distinctive shooting experiences.

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