The latest L-Mount lens to join the rapidly growing marketplace offers an unusual but potentially very useful 20-60mm range of focal lengths with a f/3.5-5.6 maximum aperture.
The Lumix S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 is a lightweight, tipping the scales at only 350g, and is dust and splash resistant. It will operate down to minus ten degrees Celsius and the front element has a fluorine coating to repel water and oil. The squat and compact lens has an overall length of 87.2mm and a maximum diameter of 77.4mm, with a filter size of 67mm. It is not stabilised.
Panasonic says that this lens is designed for professional use, although it doesn’t bear the Pro moniker and is presumably not “certified by Leica”. However, the company says that the lens has been designed with the video user in mind, with fast and silent focusing and smooth aperture changes with minimal focus breathing to ensure non-disruptive transitions.
This is what Panasonic’s press release has to say:
With 11 elements in 9 groups, the use of 2 aspherical lenses and 3 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppresses both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Astigmatism is also corrected with these aspherical lenses, achieving high resolving performance. Furthermore, a UHR (Ultra-High Refractive Index) lens achieves uniform image quality from the centre to edges of the image while contributing to downsizing of the lens unit.
This new addition, together with the extensive range of lenses from Sigma and Leica, is yet more evidence of the continued investment in the L-Mount by the three principals. Whether you own a Panasonic S, Leica SL or the rather specialised Sigma fp, there is now an unrivalled choice of lenses, ranging from the low hundreds up to Leica’s rather heady thousands. It is becoming a well-rounded and ever more attractive system.
The Lumix S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 will be available at the end of July and is likely to cost under £600.