Based on the L-Mount system for LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras, the 85mm F1.8 is the first out of four F1.8 large-aperture lenses Panasonic has announced it will release. The four F1.8 lenses feature common size and position of control parts to provide practical advantage in use. The same filters can also be used due to identical diameters.
Comprising nine elements in eight groups, the use of two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppress both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Panasonic S Series lenses 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 LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing. The filter diameter is 67 mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.
With its compact 355g (approx.) of light weight, the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 is flexible. The rugged dust/splash-resistant* design withstands use under harsh conditions even at 10 degrees below zero.
The LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 will be available from the end November at £599.99. In addition to the four planned F1.8 large-aperture lenses, A 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens is also under development to further enhance LUMIX S Series lens line-up.