Panasonic has added two much-anticipated lenses to its “S Pro” lineup of L-Mount lenses for the full-frame mirrorless Lumix S1, S1R and S1H cameras: The Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/2.8 O.I.S. and the Lumix S Pro 16-35mm f/4.
The two new lenses bring Panasonic’s L-Mount lens lineup to six total lenses, including one prime and five zooms:
- Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4
- Lumix S Pro 16-35mm f/4
- Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f/2.8
- Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro OIS
- Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/2.8 OIS
- Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/4 OIS.
And Panasonic is promising to design and develop “11 or more lenses with the emphasis on the ‘LUMIX S PRO’ class by March 2021.”
Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/2.8 OIS
The star of the show is the stabilized 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens, which brings Panasonic’s full-frame “holy trinity” one step closer to completion.
The optical construction is made up of 22 elements in 17 groups, including two Ultra Extra-low Dispersion (UED) elements, three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements, and one aspherical lens elements to tackle chromatic aberration and astigmatism. Like many of the high-performance mirrorless lenses that we’ve seen lately, the S Pro 70-200mm f/2.8 features a dual-focus motor that should be quick, accurate, and helps to suppress aberration at close focusing distances.
Additionally, the lens is fully weather sealed and features optical image stabilization that, when paired with the S1-series in-body image stabilization, offers a reported 7-stops of shake reduction. If that claim pans out in real life, we’re talking about being able to shoot a 1-second exposure where you’d need 1/125th un-stabilized.
Lumix S Pro 16-35mm f/4
Joining the 70-200mm f/2.8 is a versatile wide-angle zoom that’s a favorite of photographers who can’t quite afford to drop the cash on a 14-24mm f/2.8, don’t mind giving up one stop of light, and appreciate the additional reach: The Lumix S Pro 16-35mm f/4.
The optical construction is made up of 12 elements in 9 groups, including three aspherical elements, one Extra-low Dispersion (ED) element, and an Ultra-High Refractive Index (UHR) element. This formula promises “stunningly high resolution toward the corners even at wide open,” out of a relatively lightweight package.
The lens features a double-magnet linear motor for fast and accurate autofocus, a weather-sealed construction, and “a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing” for video shooters who don’t want their framing to change when they pull focus.