Focal length lenses of 50 mm for the film frame format are still popular fixtures among solid glass. After all, most monofocal models across the manufacturer come with a focal length of 50 mm.
The new Panasonic LUMIX S 50mm F1.8 has a diameter of 74 mm and a length of 82 mm, the weight is a pleasant 300 g. The lens is sealed against dust and water, functionality up to -10 ° C is guaranteed. On the lens we find only a wide focusing ring and a switch for autofocus and manual focus. The diameter of the filter thread is 67 mm. The lens is without stabilization, which is not bad.
The optical design consists of 9 elements in 8 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses, one ED member (low scattering) and one UHR member (high refraction) for correction of optical defects. The screen is a circular nine-lamella. The maximum aperture value is f1.8 and we shutter the lens down to f22. The smallest focusing distance is the standard 0.45 m.
Panasonic emphasizes minimizing breathing (changing the focal length) when focusing and smoothly changing the aperture – features useful for video recording. With an aperture of f1.8, it’s a nice combination for portrait photography and video.
The lens will be available from July for $ 450, respectively. approx. CZK 12,500 including VAT.
In competition with fixed autofocus 50 mm lenses for the L bayonet, it will be the cheapest glass. The nearest is Sigma 50 mm f / 1.4 DG HSM, approx. CZK 21,000, or Sigma 65mm f / 2 DG DN Contemporary (half aperture less luminous but with a longer focus). Panasonic Lumix S PRO 50 mm f / 1.4 from its own stable is in terms of parameters and construction elsewhere and is very expensive – 65,000 CZK.
Source: Diit.cz by diit.cz.
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