Panasonic announces LUMIX S 85mm f1.8 full-frame Portrait Prime

Panasonic also hints at more affordable fast primes coming soon

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Panasonic has launched the new Lumix S 85mm f1.8 full-frame portrait lens for their S-series mirrorless cameras. This is great news for Lumix S5, S1, S1R and Panasonic S1H users as affordable native lenses for portrait work are not many. 

And of course, Panasonic is planning on releasing more f1.8 fast aperture primes in L-Mount to satisfy the needs of photographers and video creators using their full-frame mirrorless cameras.

More Affordable Lumix f1.8 Primes are Coming

According to the Panasonic L-mount lens roadmap – the next affordable f1.8 primes will be a Lumix S 24mm f1.8, a Lumix S 35mm f1.8, and a Lumix 50mm f1.8. 

Furthermore, the new S 85mm f1.8 prime also an excellent option for video users as it provides a perfect focal lengths for interviews with a fast enough aperture to make blur out the background easily. 

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Panasonic Lumix S 85mm f1.8 Features

  • Full-Frame lens for L-mount cameras
  • Bright maximum aperture f1.8
  • Excellent for portrait photography and video work
  • Linear AF motor
  • 2 x ED (extra-low dispersion) optical elements
  • Rounded 9-blade aperture design for round bokeh
  • Dust, moisture, and freeze resistant design
  • Lightweight and Compact – 355g
  • Filter size – 67mm
  • Pre-order: $598 at B&H 

Lumix S 85mm f1.8 – Affordable, Compact, Lightweight Portrait Lens

Tipping the scales at just 355g the new LUMIX S 85mm f1.8 is quite nimble and compact. However, despite its compact nature, it sports a rugged dust, splash, and freeze resistant design making it more dependable when used in harsh conditions even at 10 degrees below zero (Celsius).

In addition, the lens has a filter diameter is 67 mm, which is a good size for more affordable filters. And of course, the 9-blade circular aperture ensures pleasing bokeh rendition in both photography and video work. 

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Advanced Optical Formula to Supress Chroma Artefacts

Panasonic has implemented an advanced optical formula in the new Lumix S 85mm f1.8 with 9 elements arranged in 8 groups. In addition, the optical design incorporates not one, but two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements to effectively suppresses both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification.

Furthermore, Panasonic also says this new lens has been designed to produce smooth defocus gradation from the focus peak to the adjacent area of the image as well as pleasing, and organic round bokeh without vignetting.

Moreover, the new lens employs a focusing mechanism that minimises focus breathing to a minimum, which can often be quite a jarring side-effect when shooting video.  

Learn more about the Lumix S5 full-frame mirrorless camera

Lumix 70-300mm Telephoto Zoom in the works

In addition to the upcoming four f1.8 primes, Panasonic is also working on a Lumix 70-300mm telephoto zoom, which will be a terrific addition to the growing Panasonic L-mount full frame lens line-up.

Panasonic also goes on to say in their press release, that the company alongside their partners Leica and Sigma in the L-Mount Alliance are committed to the development of more L-Mount lenses to fulfil the needs of photographers and video creators using their full-frame mirrorless cameras. 

Pre-order, Price, and Shipping Info

You can pre-order the new Lumix S 85mm f1.8 L-mount lens at for $599 USD at authorised dealers such as B&H. The lens is expected to ship end of the month.

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