The specifications of the Panasonic Lumix 35mm F1.8 may not be dramatic by modern standards, but it’s an important lens for owners of L-mount cameras, in part because it’s about ‘an affordable fast lens when so many full frame lenses are very expensive, and in part because it’s the latest addition to Panasonic’s set of four f / 1.8 prime lenses deliberately designed to offer size, similar maneuverability and center of gravity.
The four lenses in this group now include the Panasonic Lumix S 85mm f / 1.8, Lumix S 50mm f / 1.8, Lumix S 24mm f / 1.8 and this new Lumix S 35mm F1.8 (model # S-S35).
With nearly identical size, features, controls, and design, these top four are made for photographers and videographers alike, but with a special eye on gimbal users. By designing these lenses with similar sizes, function and center of gravity, Panasonic hopes to make them attractive to gimbal users who want to change lenses at will without having to constantly rebalance their gimbal.
Main features of the Panasonic Lumix S 35mm F1.8
The optical construction consists of 11 elements in 9 groups, with three aspherical lenses and three ED (extra low dispersion) lenses to produce high “descriptive performance” and beautiful bokeh, a lens designed with the four lenses in this group.
The minimum focus distance is 0.24m for efficient close-up photography, and the AF system is designed to be both fast and quiet, and is driven by Panasonic’s 240fps contrast AF technology.
Other features include customizable linear focus control, micro-step aperture control, and focus breathing suppression, where the subject may appear to change size as it goes. comes into focus.
The Lumix S 35mm F1.8 weighs just 295g – Panasonic notes that it is particularly suitable for use with the compact Lumix S5 – and yet it is also dust and splash resistant. The 67mm filter size is shared with the other three lenses in this group.
A new Lumix S 18mm F1.8 is coming!
Details are scarce at the moment, but Panasonic says it is developing a new ultra-wide 18mm L-mount with a maximum aperture of F1.8. It’s not yet clear if this will have the same dimensions as the first four F1.8s released so far – but that seems unlikely given the extreme viewing angle.
Panasonic is also working on firmware updates for its existing S-R70200, S-E70200, S-R70300 and S-R24105 lenses to improve image stabilizer stability during video recording. In addition, the image stabilization performance of the company’s Dual IS 2 system has been increased from 6.5 to 7.5 stops when the S-R24105 is mounted on the LUMIX S1H, S1R or S1.
Price and availability Panasonic Lumix S 35mm F1.8
The Panasonic Lumix S 35mm F1.8 is expected to go on sale from the end of November for $ 699.99 / £ 579.99.