Panasonic has unveiled a new large-aperture wide-angle fixed focal length Lumix S Series lens, the 24mm f/1.8 (S-S24).

Angled view of the new Lumix S 24mm f/1.8 lens. (Source: Panasonic.)

The new 24mm lens is the third in a planned series of four f/1.8 large-aperture lenses based on the L-Mount system. The series features a common positioning of controls for ease of use and a common barrel diameter that provides the convenience of using the same filters. Weighing only 310 grams, the new S-S24 lens boasts a rugged dust/splash-resistant design and can be used in temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. Its optical design consists of 12 lens elements in 11 groups and includes three aspherical lenses, three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and one UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lens. The three aspherical lenses produce beautiful bokeh, a common advantage across the series, while the ED and UED lenses suppress chromatic aberration. The lens has a 9-blade circular iris diaphragm and accepts 67 mm filters. It includes a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, making it ideal for video recording.

Compatibility with the 240 fps frame rate of the Lumix AF sensor drive enables high-speed, high-precision autofocusing. In the non-linear mode, focus is shifted in response to the rotation speed of the focus ring; while for linear mode, focus can be shifted by a designated amount. The amount of focus shift per rotational quantum can be selected from 90 to 360 degrees in 30 degree increments.

The Lumix S 24mm f/1.8 lens will be available in September 2021 from leading photographic specialists at an RRP of AU$1399. Click here for more information.