Panasonic has pulled the covers off its latest lens and the LUMIX S 24mm F1.8 appears to be an optic that can cover a multitude of tasks. It’s the latest f/1.8 lens to join the LUMIX range, after Panasonic previously launched the 85mm and 50mm versions, offering photographers even more choice when it comes to picking a fast lens to be used on its full-frame mirrorless cameras like the S1 or S5.
Panasonic has grown this family of lenses and it’s interesting to note that each optic features similar size dimensions so that when you swap out an optic with the camera on a gimbal, it doesn’t knock out the balance of the set-up. What’s more, the lenses share the same 67mm thread size so you can swap out your filters between the lenses, too.
As the lens is L-mount, the release will also be of great interest to Sigma and Leica camera users too and the 24mm focal length will lend itself to everything from landscapes and architecture photography, right through to wider portraiture work and street photography too.
Built around a ‘12 lens elements in 11 groups’ design, the construction includes three aspherical lenses, three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and one UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lens. Panasonic explains that the; ‘use of three aspherical lenses realises both high descriptive performance and beautiful bokeh, which are common advantages to the series of all F1.8 lenses.’ In short, this should mean the 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm serves up some incredible bokeh.
Despite the premium features on offer, the lens is incredibly light, tipping the scales at only 310g, another reason why this optic will be a wise selection for a videographer, looking for a lens that won’t put too much demand on a gimbal’s motors. What’s more, Panasonic says the lens; ‘excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing. Together with a micro-step aperture control for smooth exposure change, professional quality video can be recorded.’
A smooth drive motor will deliver fast, accurate focus and the LUMIX 24mm features a robust build that is resistant to dust and moisture and can even be used at temperatures down to 10 degrees Celsius below zero. The LUMIX S 24mm F1.8 is expected to ship from the end of September and will cost around £800.