Panasonic has announced a new large-aperture wide-angle fixed focal length LUMIX S Series lens, the 24mm F1.8 (S-S24). Following the 50mm and 85mm models, it is the third addition to the planned series of four F1.8 large-aperture lenses based on the L-Mount system.
The LUMIX F1.8 lens series has a common positioning of controls for ease of use and a common barrel diameter that provides the convenience of using the same filters. Using lenses of a similar size, diameter, and centre of gravity also makes it easier to switch between them when an S Series camera is mounted on a gimbal, for example. A 35mm F1.8 large-aperture lens is also under development to further enhance the LUMIX S Series lens lineup.
The LUMIX S-S24 has a rugged dust/splash-resistant i design to withstand use under harsh environmental conditions down to a temperature of -10° Celsius. At a compact 310g, it’s an ideal partner for LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the LUMIX S5. The versatile wide angle of view is suitable for situations from landscapes to travel photography.
The LUMIX S 24mm F1.8 comprises 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 achieves beautiful bokeh, a common advantage across the series, while the ED lenses and the UED lens suppress chromatic aberration. The filter diameter is 67mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm. The lens also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing.
The S-S24 is compatible with the LUMIX sensor drive at 240fps to take advantage of the high-speed, high-precision auto focusing. For the non-linear setting, focus is shifted with a variable amount according to the rotation speed of the focus ring; while for linear setting, focus is shifted with a designated amount according to the rotational quantum of the focus ring. Sensitivity (the amount of focus shift per rotational quantum) can be selected from 90 to 360° by 30° increments.
The lens will be available in September 2021 from leading photographic specialists. The Panasonic and L-Mount system alliance is committed to the development of L-Mount lenses for the further expansion of its lineup, fulfilling the needs of customers.