Panasonic's S 85mm F1.8 is Fast and AF Friendly

Panasonic releases the first of four F1.8 prime lenses. 

When Panasonic launched the S5 in September, part of the event included an update to its lens roadmap where the company outlined four new prime lenses for the LUMIX S series full-frame cameras—a 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm F1.8 in L-mount.

At that time, it was unclear when they would release. Today, the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 has officially arrived. 

Optically, the lens is comprised of 9 elements in 8 groups with 2 extra-low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberration. Light and compact, the lens weighs around 355g and offers a filter diameter for 67mm. The fast F1.8 aperture has a 9-blade circular design that will produce a rounded bokeh.

Panasonic says the lens won't vignette and offers a dust and splash resistant design. 

For video shooters, expect minimal lens breathing and fast autofocus response with the S series cameras. The lens barrel has an AF/MF switch and a large focus ring near the front of the lens. While the lens doesn't have standard 0.8 mod gears for focus or even an iris ring, the still lens is very fast and could be used in a variety of projects. 

The price is set at $599.      

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