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New 85mm f/1.8 from Lumix

Posted on Nov 5, 2020

A new lens option for Panasonic’s Lumix S Series is arriving in late November. The Lumix S 85mm f/1.8 is the first of four fast aperture f/1.8 lenses announced by the brand, with all to feature common design points including size, filter thread diameter and physical controls. A 70-300mm telephoto zoom is also in development.

The 85mm itself consists of nine elements in eight groups, with two special extra-low dispersion lenses to help produce a fine image. The lens also promises smooth bokeh and extremely minimal vignetting.

Users making the most of the S Series’ impressive video specs will be pleased to hear that features like suppressed focus breathing are present on the 85mm, with its fairly light 355g body making hand-held shooting and gimbal balancing all the easier.

The lens is rounded out with dust and splash resistance, capable of functioning down to -10°C.

When it hits shelves, the Lumix S 85mm f/1.8 will carry an RRP of £599.99.

In other Lumix news, a free firmware update for S1H, S1R, S1, S5 as well as G100 bodies will be released on 24 November, with another following in 2021. The older S models will inherit the improved autofocus capabilities of the newer S5, with improvements in AF-C tracking performance among other areas.

Other updates include:

  • [AF+MF] mode during video recording
  • Improved AF during V-Log recording
  • Vertical video playback
  • 4K video files can be transferred to a smartphone via Wi-Fi
  • 5K in-camera, 10-bit HDR in-camera and 4K 60P/50P 4:2:2 10-bit video output over HDMI added to S1R
  • C4K, vector scope display and master pedestal level added to S5

The G100 will adopt Lumix Webcam Software compatibility and gain the ability to display flipped images when the free-angle LCD is rotated.

For more information, please visit the Panasonic website.

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