Panasonic has announced its Lumix S 24mm F1.8 lens for L-mount. This lightweight lens features 12 elements in 11 groups, including three aspherical lenses. Three extra-low dispersion and one ultra extra-low dispersion elements help suppress chromatic aberrations. It uses a linear motor to drive the focus group for swift and silent autofocus, and Panasonic says that the lens has been designed to minimize focus breathing. The minimum focus distance of the 24mm F1.8 is 24cm (9.5″) and the maximum magnification is 0.15x.
The 24mm F1.8 is designed to fit alongside the 50mm F1.8, 85mm F1.8 and upcoming 35mm F1.8. Those lens are the same size, roughly the same weight, and have controls in the same locations, so gimbals, drones and follow-focus systems will need little-to-no adjustment when swapping lenses. The lens is sealed against dust and moisture.
The Lumix S 24mm F1.8 will be available in mid-October for $899.
Panasonic Releases the Compact, Lightweight LUMIX S 24mm F1.8 (S-S24) for the LUMIX S Series
24mm Wide-Angle Fixed Focal Length Lens with F1.8 Large Aperture
Newark, NJ (August 31, 2021) – Panasonic is pleased to introduce a new large-aperture wide fixed focal length lens, the LUMIX S 24mm F1.8 (S-S24), as the third addition to the series of four F1.8 large-aperture lenses based on the L-Mount system standard. A total of four F1.8 fixed focal length lenses from the LUMIX S Series including 85mm(S-S85), 50mm(S-S50) and the new 24mm(S-S24) 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 F1.8 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 F1.8 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 F1.8 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, focus is shifted with a variable amount according to the rotation speed of the focus ring while 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 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. Further, with a micro-step aperture control for smooth exposure change, professional quality video can be recorded.
With its approximately 310g compact size and light weight, the LUMIX S 24mm F1.8 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.
With the addition of the upcoming standard 35 mm fixed focal length lens and the four F1.8 large-aperture lenses of the LUMIX S series, the Panasonic and L-Mount system alliance is committed to the development of L-Mount lenses for the further expansion of its lineup to fulfill the needs of customers.
The LUMIX S 24mm F1.8 (S-S24) will be available at valued channel partners for $899.99 in mid-October.
* Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.
• L-Mount is a trademark or registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.
• Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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