Panasonic’s latest full-frame lens, its least expensive but, might assist the S sequence acquire traction with non-professional photographers. The Lumix S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6 prices $600, lower than half the worth of the following least expensive Panasonic lens. It’s now and can ship in July.
Whereas a reasonably primary lens, it’s nonetheless a fairly large deal. Inexpensive lenses for the S sequence have have been exhausting to return by. When Panasonic launched the S sequence in 2018, it had the benefit of already having a number of appropriate lenses in the marketplace due to Panasonic’s adoption of the Leica L mount. However being a luxurious model, these current Leica lenses weren’t precisely inexpensive, and Panasonic’s personal preliminary lenses for the system additionally focused the excessive finish of the market.
Along with the comparatively low value, the S 20-60mm additionally retains a low profile — one other rarity for the S sequence. It weighs 12.Three ounces and measures lower than 3.5 inches in size, so it received’t take up a lot area in your bag.
The focal size vary is fascinating, providing a wider angle of view than typical for this type of lens. Whereas most traditional zooms is perhaps within the 24-70mm vary, the S 20-60mm favors a wider perspective. This might make it a sensible choice for panorama or inside photographers on a finances, though it’s going to attraction much less to portrait shooters.
The lens additionally goals for versatility with the flexibility to focus 5.9 inches from its entrance factor, adequate for 0.43x magnification.
Constructed from 11 components in 9 teams, it’s not a really complicated building, though it does embrace Further-Low Dispersion (ELD) components designed to fight chromatic aberration. Panasonic additionally says the lens has an ultra-high refractive index, which ought to imply sharp outcomes from the middle to the sting of the body. A nine-blade aperture helps create round bokeh.
Regardless of being a finances lens, it’s nonetheless dust- and splash-resistant, and a fluorine coating on the entrance factor helps repel moisture and fingerprints. The lens makes use of 67mm filters.
The variable f/3.5-5.6 most aperture seems to be the one sore level. Nevertheless, that is what retains the lens inexpensive and compact.
Whereas that is the most cost effective Panasonic S sequence lens, L-Mount Alliance member Sigma additionally makes appropriate lenses at quite a lot of costs, though many of those are DSLR lenses which have had their mounts swapped out, making them much less compact. Panasonic nonetheless doesn’t have a real entry-level S-series digicam physique, with the Lumix S1 remaining the most cost effective at round $2,000 due to present gross sales pricing.