Panasonic releases 85mm F1.8 lens for the LUMIX S

Today, Panasonic announced the large-aperture medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens, the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 for the LUMIX S series. According to the company, the lens will enhance portrait photography with “beautiful bokeh.”

This 85mm F1.8 is the first lens in the recently announced series of four Panasonic F1.8 large-aperture lenses. The four F1.8 lenses have the common size and position of control parts. This gives users consistency when using the camera on a gimbal. Also, according to Panasonic, “it is easy to exchange lenses quickly with minimum adjustment of connected gears.” Since the lenses have the same diameter, filters can be used across the line of lenses.

Panasonic 85mm F1.8 overview

Panasonic LUMIX S 85mm F1.8
Image courtesy: Panasonic

The LUMIX 85mm F1.8 is made from 9 elements in 8 groups, and uses 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses. The design should suppress both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. As for bokeh, the lens offers defocus gradation from the focus peak to the neighboring area of the image.

When shooting video, Panasonic claims the lens “excels in video recording performance” thanks to a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing.


In total, the LUMIX 85mm F1.8 weighs just 355g, making the lens fairly mobile. As for its durability, the lens is both dust and splash resistant. Also, the filter diameter measures out to be 67 mm and has a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

Pricing and availability

The Panasonic LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 will be released in January 2021 for $599.

Image courtesy: Panasonic

Sean Berry
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