Panasonic’s recently announced latest edition to the LUMIX S range of lenses has a whole bunch of robust specs and features going for it; enough of them that if you’re a Panasonic fan, it’s definitely worth a close look.
The lens, which can be snapped up as of October, is already up for pre-order and priced at USD $1,000. It’s the most recent addition to Panasonic’s line of high-speed, affordably-priced f/1.8 lenses. This model features strong optical performance and a large aperture packed into a relatively small build.
The 18mm f/1.8 core specs of the new lens offer a minimum focusing distance of just 18 cm or 7.09 inches and if the LUMIX S is used with APS-C camera models, it can deliver a 27mm-equivalent focal length. Also, its shortest distance setting of 18 cm is fairly useful for close-range shooting of smaller objects too.
Supposedly, the LUMIX S works quietly with the brand’s camera AF systems and can read sensor inputs at 240 fps. It even has features for video recording thanks to an internal mechanism that suppresses “focus breathing” while offering micro-step iris control for smooth changes in video exposure. As a result, video-shooting users can supposedly enjoy genuinely well-rounded video recording changes.
The LUMIX S delivers a 100-degree angle of view, a nine-blade circular aperture for high-quality, soft bokeh, and is diversely handy for landscape shots, architecture photos and shooting close objects so that they stand out crisply.
The physical build of the new LUMIX S 18mm lens is also worth noting for its relative compactness. With a weight of just 340 grams or 11.99 ounces, this lens model is neatly capable of fitting into compact travel bags and camera cases, particularly if paired with one of Panasonic’s more compact APS-C or full-frame cameras.
Some of Panasonic’s other lenses in the same full-frame LUMIX S series are also worth considering. These include the 85mm S-S85, the 50mm S-S50 and the 35mm S-S35. Then there’s the S-S24 24mm lens, just a step above the LUMIX S 18mm.