Panasonic Unveils the Compact 24mm f/1.8 S Full Frame Lens for L-Mount

Panasonic has officially announced the Lumix S 24mm f/1.8 for full-frame L-mount cameras, the third of four f/1.8 prime lenses promised by the company. The four f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses including 85mm, 50mm, and the new 24mm lens feature a common size and position of control parts to provide practical advantages in use. The lenses’ center of gravity is similar, which makes it easy to exchange lenses quickly with minimum balance adjustment when the camera is on a gimbal.

In addition, their descriptive performance is consistent, and a uniform diameter enables the use of common filters.

The LUMIX S 24mm f/1.8 is comprised of twelve lens elements in eleven groups including three aspherical lenses, three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses, and one UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lens. The use of three aspherical lenses realizes both high descriptive performance and beautiful bokeh, which are common advantages to the series of all f/1.8 lenses. It is suitable for versatile situations ranging from landscapes to snapshots, taking advantage of the wide-angle of view. The ED lenses and the UED lens effectively suppress chromatic aberration.

The LUMIX S 24mm f/1.8 is capable of smooth, silent operation to work with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system with the sensor drive at max.240 fps. For the non-linear setting, the focus is shifted with a variable amount according to the rotation speed of the focus ring while the focus is shifted with a designated amount according to the rotational quantum of the focus ring for the linear setting. Sensitivity (the amount of focus shift per rotational quantum) can be selected from 90 to 360 degrees by 30 degrees to enable intended focus operation.

The LUMIX S 24mm f/1.8 also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, which was a fatal problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for still image photography. Further, with micro-step aperture control for smooth exposure change, professional-quality video can be recorded.

With its approximately 310g compact size and lightweight, the LUMIX S 24mm f/1.8 features stunning mobility to fit the S5, LUMIX’s smallest full-frame model. The rugged dust/splash-resistant design withstands use under harsh conditions even at 10 degrees below zero for high mobility. The filter diameter is 67 mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

Here some sample pictures:

The Panasonic Lumix S 24mm f/1.8 will be available for $900 in mid-October.

More info on Panasonic’s website.

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