With the Lumix S 85mm F1.8 (S-S85), Panasonic is introducing a fast lens with a medium telephoto fixed focal length that is particularly suitable for portrait photography thanks to its angle of view and bokeh. The Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8 is the first of four announced lenses with a luminous intensity of 1: 1.8, which expands the L-Mount system for the mirrorless full-frame cameras of the Lumix S series.
The four F1.8 lenses have a common size and position of the operating parts in order to offer practical advantages in use – from the uniform operation of the attachment of accessories. Thanks to the same diameter, filters can also be used together.
The Lumix S 85mm F1.8 offers high flexibility and mobility thanks to its compact size (approx. 8.2 cm) and its low weight (approx. 355g). It is also characterized by dust and splash-resistant design and can be used at temperatures as low as -10° C under the most adverse conditions. The filter diameter is 67 mm and its 9 diaphragm blades provide an attractive bokeh effect with smooth sharpness-unsharpness transitions as well as around image of point light sources with minimal vignetting.
The lens consists of nine elements in eight groups and uses two ED elements (Extra-low Dispersion) to suppress both the axial chromatic aberration and the chromatic difference in magnification. The new 85mm F1.8 also guarantees high-quality video recording by minimizing focus breathing as much as possible.
Price and availability
The Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8 lens for mirrorless cameras is now available to pre-order at Amazon.com for $597.99 and it will be available from December 15th, 2020.
Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8 Specifications
- Focal length: 85 mm
- Light intensity: 1: 1.8
- Opt. Construction: 9 elements in 8 groups (2 ED lenses)
- Format marking: 36 x 24 mm (full format)
- Diagonal angle of view: 29 °
- Aperture range: 1.8 to 22
- Aperture blades: 9
- Min. Focusing Distance: 80 cm
- Max image scale: 0.13 x
- Dust/splash protection: Yes
- Filter diameter: 67 mm
- Mount: L-mount
- Dimensions: 73.6 x 82 mm
- Weight: 355 g
Last month, Panasonic has introduced its first compact mirrorless box camera named Lumix BGH1 can be combined and flexibly expanded to the extensive range of Micro Four Thirds lenses. The BGH1 camera for professional broadcast transmissions and offers simple installation and at the same time high expandability up to multi-camera control.