Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8 Lens Review (ePhotozine): Editor’s Choice!

John Riley has just posted a detailed review of the newly released Panasonic Lumix S 85mm f/1.8  lens (B&H / Adorama/ Amazon) at the He tested this new lens on the full-frame mirrorless Panasonic S5, and found such pros:  Excellent overall sharpness, Dust, splash and freeze resistant, Virtually no central CA, CA well controlled at edges, Very low vignetting, Virtually rectilinear (no distortion), Excellent handling, Fast and accurate AF, Low focus breathing, Matches with 24mm and 50mm siblings and Low flare.


Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8  lens
Check Price B&H / Adorama/ Amazon

This is the verdict ” It has a remarkably high and even performance, no vices in terms of handling and an attractive price tag. The maximum aperture is of course not as fast as the f/1.4 lenses available, but the slightly slower speed may be well worth the more modest pricing level, and indeed a considerable reduction in size and weight. The difference between f/1.8 and f/1.4 in practical use is arguably very small…In summary, a lovely lens to use and one capable of really excellent results, all at a very reasonable price, and therefore a clear ‘Editor’s Choice’...”


Below are some sample images of Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8 lens, taken by Panasonic S5:

Beautiful Backgrounds | 1/640 sec | f/2.8 | 85.0 mm | ISO 400
CA Test | 1/160 sec | f/8.0 | 85.0 mm | ISO 200
Astley Hall | 1/640 sec | f/8.0 | 85.0 mm | ISO 200
Closest Focus | 1/6 sec | f/8.0 | 85.0 mm | ISO 100
Close Up Leaves | 1/80 sec | f/16.0 | 85.0 mm | ISO 200
Entrance To Astley Hall | 1/640 sec | f/8.0 | 85.0 mm | ISO 200
Flare Test | 1/40 sec | f/4.0 | 85.0 mm | ISO 3200

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