This approx. 4.2x zoom lens starts from 24mm wide angle (35mm equivalent), very useful for landscapes. The new MSC mechanism with linear motor drive enables faster, quieter focusing than previous systems. A motorised zoom mechanism makes smooth zooming with a constant speed possible. This lens is useful for movie shooting as well as still images. The lens also features a macro mode for close-up shooting with a maximum image magnification of 0.36x (equivalent to 0.72x on 35mm film camera). It also features dust and splash proof mechanism.