Panasonic has added a new standard zoom to its L-Mount lens range. The LUMIX S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 is the sixth zoom in the line-up compatible with the company’s S Series of full-frame mirrorless cameras and the seventh optic overall. Other lenses that fit on the S1, S1R and S1H are also available from Leica and Sigma, who form the remainder of the L-Mount alliance.
The 20-60mm is the third standard zoom lens in the range, offering a greater wide-angle view but less telephoto power than the existing LUMIX S PRO 24-70mm F2.8 and LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. It will also be the cheapest, expecting to cost around £619 when it goes on sale in July.
Suitable for both stills and video use, the S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 focuses down to just 15cm and features a special mechanism that suppresses focus breathing. It’s optical construction is made up of 11 elements in 9 groups, two of the elements are aspherical and a further three are made from ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass. A UHR (Ultra-High Refractive Index) element, meanwhile, delivers uniform image quality from the centre to edges of the image while ensuring it remains relatively compact and lightweight. It tips the scales at just 350g, so it’s a fine choice when mobility is crucial.
Despite modest dimensions and weight, the S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 has a dust and splash resistant design, although Panasonic point out that this does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water. The company can confirm that the lens will continue to work in temperatures down to -10°C and there’s a fluorine coating on the front element that repels oil and water to make it easier to keep clean. The nine-blade aperture diaphragm should also ensure that bokeh is smooth.