Panasonic has introduced the Lumix S 24mm f/1.8, the third lens in their expanding family of small f/1.8 primes for full-frame L-mount mirrorless cameras. The new lens has the same maximum aperture, form factor, and performance as the previously announced 50mm and 85mm primes, making lens swapping simple while preserving consistent views. The 24mm is the widest lens in the trio and is ideal for shooting street pictures, landscapes, interior vistas, and architecture.
Despite its small size, the Lumix S 24mm f/1.8 has 12 elements (11 groups) in its design. Three aspherical lenses are used to provide precise focusing and smooth rendition of out-of-focus regions. Chromatic aberration is kept to a minimum thanks to one UED and three ED components. Focusing may be accomplished as close as 9.5 inches (0.24m), with a maximum magnification of 0.15x.
In terms of video, this lens employs a contrast AF technology with a sensor drive speed of up to 240 fps, which is driven by a silent, linear motor. An AF/MF switch simplifies switching between focusing modes. The focus ring control may be configured to be linear, nonlinear, or customized to whatever rotational angle you choose. Videographers will also like the micro-step aperture adjustment, which keeps exposure changes smooth, and the suppression of focus breathing, which allows for consistent recording.
Panasonic 24mm f1.8 can withstand less-than-ideal work situations thanks to its dust- and splash-resistant design and ability to operate at temperatures as low as 14 F. The 24mm lens has the same 67mm filter thread as the 50mm and 85mm lenses, allowing you to swap filters across the three. Along with the new 24mm lens, Panasonic has also hinted that a 35mm f/1.8 lens will be added to the compact lineup in the future.
The Lumix S 24mm F1.8 will be available in mid-October for $899.