15 Nov Hands-on with the new Panasonic Lumix S 35mm F1.8

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Panasonic Lumix S 35mm F1.8 hands-on

The new Panasonic Lumix S 35mm F1.8 is the fourth in a series of ergonomically-similar F1.8 primes for L mount. This full-frame prime lens is intended for both photographers and videographers, and we’ve had our hands on one. Read on for more details, and if you didn’t already, check out our initial gallery of samples.

Size and weight

As we’ve come to expect from this generation of ‘built for mirrorless’ prime lenses, the Lumix S 35mm F1.8 is about as big as a typical F1.4 lens would be for D/SLR. It’s not particularly heavy though, weighing in at only 295g (10.4 oz).

Optical construction

Optically, the 35mm F1.8 comprises eleven elements in nine groups, including three aspherical lenses and three ED elements. The front filter ring is a relatively large but still fairly standard 67mm, and chosen so it matches those of the 24mm, 50mm and 85mm F1.8 primes.

Minimum focus is 0.24m (~9.5″), making this lens useful for moderate closeups, as well as general photography. Panasonic claims that the optical design provides excellent control of chromatic aberrations and pleasant bokeh.

Image quality

We’ve only had a short time to shoot with a sample of the S 35mm F1.8 but our impressions so far are fairly positive. It gives good results considering its price and positioning, and critical sharpness is high. Bokeh is pleasant in most situations, but defocused highlights can

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