Panasonic has just launched the Lumix S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 MACRO O.I.S. lens. It leaked in the lens roadmap last year, but now it’s officially here and ready for preorders. It looks like a pretty versatile lens that lets you shoot the subjects really far from you, but those really close too, so lets’ see what it has to offer.
The Lumix S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is made for full-frame L-mount cameras. It’s equipped with 5.5-stop dual-axis optical image stabilization for sharper images. As for the build, it packs 17 elements in 11 groups, and it’s made for outdoor shooting: it’s rugged dust-, splash-, and freeze-proof.
An interesting feature of this lens is that you can shoot at a pretty close range. It allows 0.50x magnification at 300mm, so you can shoot close-up images. It’s not technically macro since it would have to allow 1:1 magnification, but you can still get pretty close to birds, insects, and flowers around you.
Here are the specs and a few more photos:
|Focal Length||70 to 300mm|
|Maximum Aperture||f/4.5 to 5.6|
|Lens Mount||Leica L|
|Angle of View||8.3° to 34°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||1.8' / 54 cm|
|Optical Design||17 Elements in 11 Groups|
|Diaphragm Blades||11, Rounded|
|Filter Size||77 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||3.3 x 5.8" / 84 x 148 mm|
|Weight||1.7 lb / 790 g|
The Lumix S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Macro O.I.S. is available for preorders for $1,249, and it should start shipping in early May 2021.