Panasonic has announced the development of the world's first twin digital interchangeable lens which should be on the market by the end of the year. The revolutionary new accessory will make high quality 3D shooting possible with an interchangeable lens system camera for the very first time.  

Panasonic has had great success with the launch of their 3D-capable Viera televisions and 3D Blu-rayTM Disc Players and the 3D market is predicted to steadily grow over the coming years. It is projected that 3D TVs will be in around a quarter of UK households by the end of 2014. 

This lens will allow users to capture images in 3D which can then be viewed back using 3D-capable Viera televisions in the comfort of their own home. 
 
Until now, 3D shooting with an interchangeable lens system camera has only been possible by using panorama systems or a combination of two lenses and two CCDs, but these systems have drawbacks including the need for a dedicated 3D camera and the difficulties of capturing moving objects. Panasonic's new 3D lens for the LUMIX G Micro System features two optical systems installed within the diameter of the lens mount, creating stereo images from the left and right lenses, to be processed with a 3D image processing system. Thanks to Panasonic's advancements in optical technology, image processing system, and lens barrel design, the 3D lens still manages to retain an extremely compact size.
 
This new compact 3D-capable interchangeable lens allows easier handling and instant 3D shooting, producing 3D images without distortion or time lag between left and right images, even for moving objects.
 
For more information please visit the Panasonic website. Is 3D photography going to become a boom in the next few years. We'd welcome any views.