The Panasonic launch offer for the S5 full-frame camera is looking extremely attractive. Preorders placed before 30 September 2020 are eligible for a free 45mm f/2.8 Sigma lens as a form of “lens-back” redemption from Panasonic.
Why is this such a good deal? Well, the S5 kit, including the unique 20-60mm Lumix S zoom, retails for a pound under two grand. And the free Sigma brings the effective price down to around £1,500. The free Sigma means even more saving. You can choose to take a free XLR adapter instead of the Sigma lens, however. This offer applies to the UK market, although I believe similar deals are available in other countries. Check with your local Panasonic dealer.
When you bear in mind the value of the Lumix 20-60 zoom—it normally sells for over £600—and the Sigma 45mm (around £500) you are getting the S5 body for about £1,000. That, for a full-frame 24MP system body to complement your Panasonic S1R or Leica SL, has to be a wonderful deal. I would definitely recommend buying the kit rather than taking the body alone for only £200 less. That unusual 20-60mm zoom, despite the relatively slow f/3.5-5.6 aperture range, has the makings of a perfect companion for the S5 and I think it will work as well on the SL2 as does Panasonic’s other kit zoom, the 24-105mm Macro.
The bonus Sigma 45mm is also a great lens. It is the only compact prime available for the L-mount (discounting the Leica TL 18 and 23mm APS-C lenses) and it will match the S5 perfectly. It’s a great carry-around lens on the SL2 and even looks just right on the Leica CL. The Sigma is the first of what I hope will be a range of smaller primes in the f/2-f/2.8 aperture range. It was designed to complement the Sigma fp which is so small that any of the available fast primes look out of place.
This deal is one to go for in my opinion and I’ve already placed my order with Wex Photographic at their new Milton Keynes showroom. Manager John Murphy is an ex-Leica friend and brings a wealth of specialised knowledge to the table. I’ve added in the shooting grip and spare battery for just £80 more. Who doesn’t need a spare battery? So, for £2,079, I get the camera, 20-60 zoom, shooting grip and spare battery—plus Panasonic’s free Sigma 45mm as a tempting dessert. It’s an opportunity not to be missed if you fancy the S5, if only for the free lens option.
I see the Panasonic Lumix S5 as a useful second body for an SL or S1 kit. I’ll be reporting on the camera, and the whole kit and caboodle, next month.