Earlier this week, Panasonic Lumix introduced their newest portrait lens, the Lumix S 85mm F1.8! Naturally, we had to get TCSTV to test it out, so Dave took the S 85mm F1.8 on a long, 30-second walk to our awesome neighbours, Inner City Brewing! Now, let’s take a closer look at the specs, then see what Dave thought of Panasonic Lumix’s newest portrait lens!
The Lumix S 85mm F1.8 is Panasonic’s new large-aperture medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens. Based on the L-Mount system for the Lumix S Series full-frame mirrorless camera, this is the first of four F1.8 large-aperture lenses coming our way! Comprising of 9 elements in 8 groups, the use of 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppresses both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification.
The Lumix S 85mm F1.8 is compact and lightweight at only 355g, making it beautifully mobile! The rugged dust/splash-resistant design withstands use under harsh conditions, even at -10 degrees Celcius. The filter diameter is 67 mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.
Panasonic S series lenses even 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 S 85mm F1.8 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.
Now time to see it for yourself! Check out TCSTV’s Panasonic LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 Hands-on Portrait Lens Review!