Next month will see the release of the Panasonic Lumix S Series 35mm f/1.8 lens, which completes the planned series of four f/1.8 lenses for the L-Mount system.

Angled view of the up-coming Lumix S 35mm f/1.8 lens. (Source: Panasonic.)

Complementing the existing 85mm, 50mm and 24mm models, the 35mm f/1.8 lens weighs only 295 grams and boasts dust/splash-resistant sealing that allow it to be used in inclement weather and temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. The four-strong Lumix f/1.8 lens series offers common positioning of controls for ease of use and the same barrel diameter across the range allowing the same 67mm filters to be used across all lenses. Similar size, diameter and centre of gravity parameters makes it easy to switch between them when an S Series camera is mounted on a gimbal and these lenses are light enough for use with drone cameras.

The optical design of the new lens contains 11elements in nine groups and includes three aspherical lenses and three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens elements. The ED lenses effectively suppress chromatic aberration, while the aspherical elements and 9-blade iris diaphragm, which creates a circular aperture, contribute to bokeh quality.  The new 35mm lens is also compatible with the Lumix sensor drive at 240fps to take advantage of high-speed, high-precision auto focusing. With the non-linear setting, focus is shifted with a variable amount according to the rotation speed of the focus ring. For the linear setting, focus is shifted with a designated amount according to the degree of rotation of the focus ring, with sensitivity (the amount of focus shift) adjustable from 90 to 360 degrees in 30-degree increments.

The Lumix S Series 35mm f/1.8 lens will be available in December 2021 from leading photographic specialists at an RRP of AU$1099. Click here for more information.

Panasonic has also released firmware update programs for the conventional S-R70200, S-E70200, S-R70300 and S-R24105 lenses to improve image stabilisation during video recording. In addition, the stabilisation performance of Dual I.S. 2 has been improved from 6.5 stops to 7.5 stops for still image capture when the S-R24105 lens is mounted on the Lumix S1H, S1R or S1 cameras.