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Panasonic Lumix S 85mm f/1.8 Lens Announced

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Along with the updated Panasonic Lumix S L-mount lens roadmap, Panasonic also announced the new for L-Mount cameras. The full frame mirrorless lens is designed to be compact and lightweight, with beautiful bokeh and sharp details.

This compact lens has nine elements, two of which are ED glass that help control chromatic aberration, along with a nine-blade aperture for circular out-of-focus highlights. It has a minimum focus distance of 0.8m (2.6ft) and a maximum magnification of 0.13x.

The 85mm F1.8 is just 82mm (3.2″) long and weighs in at 355g (12.5oz). The lens is dust and moisture-resistant and Panasonic claims that it can function down to -10°C/+14°F. It’s designed to have the same size and control placement as Panasonic’s other upcoming L-mount primes (24/35/50mm), for easier use with things like gimbals.

The US price is $597.99 and it is now available for pre-order at Adorama | B&H. Shipping is scheduled to start in January 2021.

Key Features:

  • L-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Linear AF Motor
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm


Based on the L-Mount system for LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras, the 85mm F1.8 is the first out of four F1.8 large-aperture lenses Panasonic has announced it will be releasing. These four F1.8 lenses feature common size and position of control parts to provide practical advantages in use. The same filters can also be used due to identical diameters.

Comprising 9 elements in 8 groups, the use of 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppress both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Panasonic S Series lenses pursue the beauty of bokeh and the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 provides smooth defocus gradation from the focus peak to the neighbouring area of the image as well as smooth, round bokeh of point light source without vignetting. The LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing. The filter diameter is 67 mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

With its compact 355g (approx.) of light weight, the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 is incredibly flexible. The rugged dust/splash-resistant* design withstands use under harsh conditions even at 10 degrees below zero.

In addition to the four planned F1.8 large-aperture lenses, A 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens is also under development to further enhance LUMIX S Series lens line-up. Panasonic and L-Mount system alliance are committed to the development of L-Mount lenses for the further expansion of its line-up to fulfil the needs of customers.

  • Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.
  • L-Mount is a trademark or registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.
  • Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.