Panasonic has introduced a new large-aperture wide fixed focal length LUMIX S Series lens, the 35mm F1.8 (S-S35). Following the 85mm, 50mm and 24mm models, it completes the planned series of four F1.8 large-aperture lenses based on the L-Mount system.
At a compact 295 grams (approx.), the new LUMIX S 35mm F1.8 lens is highly mobile, while offering a rugged dust/splash- resistant[i] design to withstand field use in inclement weather and temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. The 35mm focal length is ideal for street and editorial photography on the move, and the lens can also be used for close-up shots thanks to the 0.24m minimum focusing distance.
The four-strong LUMIX F1.8 lens series has a common positioning of controls for ease of use and a common barrel diameter that provides the convenience of using the same filters across lenses. Using lenses of a similar size, diameter and centre of gravity also makes it easy to switch between them when an S Series camera is mounted on a gimbal, for example. Demonstrating Panasonic’s commitment to the S Series system, development of an 18mm F1.8 lens is also under way.
The LUMIX S 35mm F1.8 is comprised of eleven lens elements in nine groups including three aspherical lenses and three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses. The use of three aspherical lenses realises beautiful bokeh, a common advantage across the series, while the ED lenses effectively suppress chromatic aberration. The filter diameter is 67mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.
The LUMIX S 35mm F1.8 is compatible with the LUMIX sensor drive at 240fps to take advantage of high-speed, high-precision auto focusing. For the non-linear setting, focus is shifted with a variable amount according to the rotation speed of the focus ring; while for linear setting focus is shifted with a designated amount according to the rotational quantum of the focus ring. Sensitivity (the amount of focus shift per rotational quantum) can be selected from 90 to 360 degrees by 30-degree increments.
The lens will be available in December 2021 from leading photographic specialists.
LUMIX S 35mm F1.8 (S-S35) lens: RRP $1099
In addition, firmware update programs[ii] are available for the conventional S-R70200, S-E70200, S-R70300 and S-R24105 lenses to improve image stabilisation during video recording. Furthermore, the stabilisation performance of Dual I.S. 2 has been improved from 6.5 stops to 7.5 stops[iii] for still image capture when the S-R24105 lens is mounted on the LUMIX S1H, S1R or S1 cameras.
The Panasonic and L-Mount system alliance is committed to the development of L-Mount lenses for the further expansion of its lineup, fulfilling the needs of customers.
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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.
[ii] Firmware update programs for S-R70200(Ver.1.2), S-E70200(Ver.1.1), S-R70300(Ver.1.1) and S-R24105(Ver.1.2) are available at https://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/index4.html
[iii] Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=105mm.] Performance is guaranteed when the S-R24105 is mounted on the LUMIX S1H, S1R or S1, as of November 9, 2021.
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Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.