New LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 large-aperture prime lens announced

Panasonic is pleased to introduce a new large-aperture medium-telephoto prime lens designed for LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras. The LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 (S-S85) produces a beautiful bokeh to enhance the expressiveness of portrait photography.

The highly mobile S-S85 is extremely compact being only 82mm in length, and also very lightweight at around 355 grams. The rugged dust/splash-resistant[i] design withstands use under harsh environmental conditions down to a temperature of -10 degrees Celsius.

It is the first to be released in a series of four F1.8 large-aperture S Series lenses based on the L-Mount system. These new lenses will all have the same positioning of controls for ease of use and a common barrel diameter that provides the convenience of using the same filters. Using lenses of a similar size and diameter also makes it easier to switch between lenses when an S Series camera is mounted on a gimbal, for example.

James Choi, Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic said: “The introduction of the S Series’ first F1.8 compact prime lens gives creators even greater creative flexibility from the LUMIX S full frame mirrorless system. With its lightweight yet robust design, using the S-S85 with a powerhouse hybrid camera like the S5 creates a small form factor combination that delivers outstanding performance and ergonomics.”

Comprising 9 elements in 8 groups, the use of 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppresses both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. The filter diameter is 67mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm. The LUMIX S-S85 also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing.

LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 (S-S85) lens: RRP $1099
The lens will be available in December 2020 from leading photographic specialists.

In addition to the four F1.8 large-aperture lenses, a 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens is also under development. Panasonic and the L-Mount System Alliance are committed to the expansion of the L-Mount lens lineup to meet the needs of the global photographic community.

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[i]Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.

To avoid damage when using the camera under these conditions, it must be used in accordance with associated instructions in the manual.