In spite of its impressive wide-angle zoom range of 7-14mm (35mm camera equivalent; 14-28mm), the new lens is surprisingly compact and lightweight for casual on-the-go use. 114-degree angle of view can fit more subjects in a frame even when the shooting distance is limited. This expansive view gives great flexibility and a rich perspective when shooting photos or movies. This high-performing, lightweight lens achieves its compact size by incorporating 2 aspherical lenses and 4 ED lenses in a unit of 16 elements in 12 groups. The resolution of the images is high, even at its wide-end and features F4.0 brightness through its entire zoom range thanks to a large diameter glass-molded lens elements. It also features a highly reliable metal mount, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its optical performance. The optimally designed lens hood enables use even under strong sunlight.