Archive - February 2021

New Telephoto Zoom Lens for the LUMIX S Series with Macro Capability: LUMIX S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R70300)

Panasonic is proud to announce the release of a new interchangeable telephoto zoom lens, the LUMIX S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R70300) based on the
L-Mount system and designed for LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The new LUMIX S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 MACRO O.I.S. boasts high descriptive performance and beautiful bokeh at the entire zoom range, which makes it possible to render exceptionally impressive stills and video. It also provides high-speed, high-precision AF and Dual I.S. for agile mobility, allowing it to be used in wide-ranging shooting situations including sports, animals, portraits, aircraft and vehicles.

This telephoto zoom lens with macro capability is compact and lightweight for excellent versatility. The rugged dust/splash-resistant[i] design withstands use under harsh conditions down to a temperature of -10 degrees Celsius. In addition, the fluorine coating on the front element repels water and oil.

With a minimum focusing distance of 0.54m[ii], the S-R70300 achieves maximum magnification of 0.5x (at 300mm) for macro photography and videography. A circular aperture with an 11-bladed iris diaphragm provides beautifully rounded bokeh effects.

With an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) in the S-R70300 lens and Body I.S. in LUMIX S Series cameras, the LUMIX Dual I.S system powerfully compensates for handshake in telephoto shooting, making it possible to use a 5.5-stop slower shutter speed[iii]. Focus control with a maximum 480 fps high-speed sensor drive achieves fast, high-precision AF.

The optimum alignment of 17 lens elements in 11 groups including 1 UED (Ultra Extra-low Dispersion) lens, 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses and 1 UHR (Ultra-High Refractive Index) suppresses both axial chromatic aberration at tele-end and chromatic aberration of magnification at wide-end. The UHR lens achieves uniform image quality from the centre to the edges of the image while contributing to the downsizing of the lens unit. The lens excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that minimises focus breathing, and focus shift is suppressed during zooming with an exceptional zoom tracking performance so that the subject is always in clear focus.

The S-R70300 is priced at $2199 RRP, and will be available in April 2021 from leading photographic specialists.

For further information, please visit www.panasonic.com.au or call 132 600.

[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.
[ii] At wide-end
[iii] Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=300mm, when LUMIX S5 is used].