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Panasonic Lumix S 85mm f/1.8 Prime Lens For L Mount

Panasonic Lumix S 85mm f/1.8 Prime Lens For L Mount

Product Code: P243060L

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The compact Panasonic Lumix S 85mm prime lens for full frame L Mount cameras weighs just 355g yet features a bright f/1.8 aperture with 9 bladed design for sharp focal areas and beautiful soft bokeh.

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  • Compact and lightweight lens which complements full frame Lumix S cameras
  • Optical design with ED lenses capable of rendering high resolution images and smooth videos
  • A fast aperture provides sharp subjects with soft, rounded defocus bokeh
  • Highly competent lens for hybrid shooters who capture either videos or photographs
  • Classic medium telephoto length which is tried and tested for beautiful portraiture

Panasonic Lumix S 85mm f/1.8 Lens Summary

With an advanced optical design the Panasonic Lumix S 85mm f/1.8 lens delivers sharp images and videos when mounted on Lumix S series cameras. Forming the first of four planned f/1.8 full frame L mount lenses, this S 85mm f/1.8 prime delivers excellent results across all fronts. With 9 elements arranged in 8 groups and the use of 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lenses, both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberrations are well controlled and there is minimal distortion displayed. This prime focal width is aimed at portrait photographers as well as photographers who capture any medium telephoto subjects such as fashion, weddings or close detail images.

The bright aperture combines with a 9-blade circular diaphragm rendering sharp subjects with beautifully soft, round out of focus bokeh areas, without vignetting. The S 85mm f/1.8 also excels when recording videos through the use of a mechanism which suppresses focus breathing. This capitalises on the latest L mount cameras in the S range including the Lumix S5. Completing a number of desirable features are the inclusion of a dust and splash resistant design with rugged together with durable build quality. Despite these traits the lens weighs only 355g. making it ideal for longer shooting sessions and for any travel requirements.

Lumix S 85mm f/1.8 Lens In Detail

  • Compatible cameras: Full frame L mount
  • Focal width: 85mm prime
  • Elements / groups: 9 / 8
  • Filter thread diameter: 67mm
  • Weight: 355g.

Optional Accessories

Panasonic Lumix S 85mm f/1.8 Lens Specifications

Lens Construction

9 elements in 8 groups (2 ED lenses)

Mount

L-Mount

Optical Image Stabilizer

No

Focal Length

85mm

Aperture Type

9 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm

Maximum Aperture

F/1.8

Minimum Aperture

F/22

Closest Focusing Distance

0.8m

Maximum Magnification

0.13x

Diagonal Angle of View

29°

Dust and Splash Resistant

Yes*

Recommended Operating Temperature

-10oC to 40oC

Filter Size

φ67mm

Max. Diameter

φ73.6mm

Overall Length

Approx. 82.0mm / 3.23inch (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)

Weight

Approx. 355g (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap and lens hood)

Standard Accessories

Lens cap, Lens rear cap, Lens hood

Offers: N/A
Offer Category: Camera Lenses
Offer Product Type: L Mount Lenses
Autofocus: N/A
Aperture ring: N/A
Constant Aperture: N/A
Lens CIPA Image stabilization rating: N/A
Colour: N/A
Diameter (mm): N/A
Length (mm): N/A
Weight (g): 19595
Distance scale: N/A
DoF scale: N/A
Elements: N/A
Environmental Sealing: N/A
Focus distance limiter: N/A
Focal length: N/A
Focus method: N/A
Filter Thread: N/A
Full time manual: N/A
Groups: N/A
Hood supplied: N/A
Lens Image stabilization: N/A
Lens mount: N/A
Lens Materials: N/A
Maximum focal length: N/A
Maximum magnification: N/A
Maximum aperture (number): N/A
Maximum aperture (text): N/A
Max Format size: N/A
Minimum focal length: N/A
Lens Minimum focus distance (m): N/A
Minimum aperture (number): N/A
Minimum aperture (text): N/A
Motor type: N/A
Number of diaphragm blades: N/A
Power zoom: N/A
Special elements / coatings: N/A
Tripod collar: N/A
Lens type: N/A
Zoom lock: N/A
Zoom method: N/A
Notes: N/A

Our Verdict

Panasonic is fully committed to the full frame L mount alliance, which is further demonstrated by the introduction of the Lumix S 85mm f/1.8 lens. This is the first of four new fast f/1.8 lenses which will be released with similar dimensions, weight and common filter threads, to allow for a streamlined workflow. This first model is sure to satisfy the most demanding professionals and enthusiast users alike and will instil yet more confidence in Panasonic’s optical capabilities. Many Lumix users are hybrid shooters and the design has been optimised to provide excellent results whether capturing still images or videos.

The 85mm width is suitable for a number of subjects which require sharp subjects and smooth defocus areas. Naturally this includes portraits and weddings, however many photographers are finding new innovative uses for this medium telephoto reach. These night include landscape photography, nature and of course detail shots where a prime really excels. The lightweight structure combined with a weather sealed exterior is sure to appeal to many photographers who are drawn to this focal length and work outdoors. We are excited to see new models from this group as they appear including the next planned 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens which is currently under development.

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  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements or dust within the lens
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – The LCD screen may have small signs of wear that does not affect its display
    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen may have scratches or wear that is starting to affect the display.
    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen is heavily worn either by de-lamination or has scratches to it. Rubber grips are starting to come away from the body.
    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

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