Panasonic has just announced Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6, a zoom lens designed for full frame L-mount cameras. With it zoom range and close focusing distance it will have you covered in all sorts of shooting situations. And with its relatively low price, it could be a perfect choice as the first lens you’ll ever buy.
The Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 is designed for full-frame cameras, but of course, you can also use it with APS-C models. In this case it will provide a 30-90mm equivalent focal length range.
When it comes to the build, the lens contains two aspherical elements and one ultra-high refractive index (UHR) element. This should help to minimize distortions and spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range. There are also three extra-low dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing. It packs a rounded nine-blade diaphragm for smooth, round bokeh.
The Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 is an autofocus lens with a stepping AF motor. Panasonic promises quick and quiet focusing performance, so it should be suitable for both photo and video. Maximum magnification is 0.43x and a minimum focusing distance of is 5.9″, which lets you shoot up close. Finally, the lens is splash, dust, and freeze-proof, with working temperature going down to 14°F (-10°C.)
Take a look at the full specs and more photos:
|Focal Length||20 to 60mm|
|Maximum Aperture||f/3.5 to 5.6|
|Lens Mount||Leica L|
|Angle of View||94° to 40°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||5.91″ / 15 cm|
|Optical Design||11 Elements in 9 Groups|
|Diaphragm Blades||9, Rounded|
|Filter Size||67 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||3.05 x 3.43″ / 77.4 x 87.2 mm|
|Weight||12.35 oz / 350 g|
The Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 is ready for preorders, it’s expected to start shipping in late July, and it will set you back $597.99.