Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8 Lens Review (DxOmark): Good Sharpness

Kevin Carter has just posted a full review of the newly announced Panasonic Lumix S 85mm f/1.8 L-mount lens at the DxOMark.  The US price for this lens is $599, now available for pre-order at B&H / Adorama/ Amazon. It has high sharpness at most apertures.

They tested the Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8 on the high-resolution Panasonic Lumix S1R; the camera with its 47 MP sensor and the lens together achieved a DXOMARK score of 41.

Key specifications:

  • Nine elements in 8 groups
  • Two ED elements
  • Nine-bladed rounded aperture
  • Linear AF motor
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant
  • 67 mm filter thread
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.8 m (2.62 ft)
  • Weight: 335 grams (12.5 oz)

Here is the conclusion, “Panasonic is well known for its Micro Four-Thirds system but less so for its full-frame models. It will take time to become established, but introducing a range of relatively affordable f/1.8 lenses seems sound. As for the optical quality, this 85mm F1.8 model is notable for its high sharpness at most apertures, especially the initial aperture. But there’s more to optical quality than that. In our tests we found it’s not quite as well-corrected as some of its closest rivals — it has high levels of lateral fringing, for example. Still, it’s a reasonably priced lens and a solid performer overall…”

Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8 lens
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