Panasonic LUMIX S 35mm F/1.8 Prime lens featured image
Image courtesy: Panasonic

Panasonic has announced a new prime lens for L-mount systems, the Panasonic LUMIX S 35mm.

Fast aperture

The Panasonic LUMIX S 35mm has a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8. This is Panasonic’s fourth f/1.8 fixed focal length lens released for the L-Mount system. The existing range covers 85 mm, 50 mm and 24 mm.

Common size

Panasonic LUMIX S 35mm F/1.8 Prime lens featured image
Image courtesy: Panasonic

All of the lenses in the range are the same size and the controls are in the same place. This makes it much easier when you are swapping between them in use. Panasonic also designed the lenses to have similar centers of gravity, which is a great advantage for gimbal users. In addition, the lenses all share the same filter size of 67 mm.

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Lens design

The Panasonic LUMIX S 35mm has eleven lens elements in nine groups. These elements include three aspherical lenses and three extra-low dispersion lenses to limit chromatic aberration. The lens also has a minimum focusing distance of under ten inches for great close-ups.

Focus control

Image shot with the Panasonic LUMIX S 35mm F/1.8 Prime lens
Image courtesy: Panasonic

As well as a high-speed autofocus system, you can adjust the sensitivity of the manual focus ring on the Panasonic LUMIX S 35. The lens shifts its focus by a designated amount — according to the rotational quantum of the focus ring. You can select the focus shift per rotational quantum from 90 to 360 degrees in 30 degrees increments.

Panasonic has also included a mechanism to reduce focus breathing, which is great for videographers. In addition, you can adjust the 9-blade circular aperture in microsteps. This means you can change the exposure smoothly while shooting video.

Lightweight

The Panasonic LUMIX S 35mm is a lightweight lens, weighing under 10½ ounces. It also has a dust and splash-resistant design.

As well as announcing the Panasonic LUMIX S 35mm, Panasonic also revealed they are working on a new 18 mm ultra-wide-angle fixed focal length lens with a fast f/1.8 aperture.

Price and availability

The Panasonic LUMIX S 35mm F1.8 will be retail for $699. It will be available at the end of November.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.