Panasonic is further expanding its line of lenses for full frame cameras with the Lumix S-R70300.
While full frame cameras, equipped with 24 x 36 mm sensors, become more and more popular, Panasonic unveiled on Thursday a new lens supposed to complete the range of optics compatible with these boxes.
The Lumix S 70-300 – or S-R70300E – is, as the name suggests, a telephoto zoom lens capable of going from a focal length of 70mm to a focal length of 300mm. On the focal aperture side, the lens offers a maximum aperture of f / 4.5 at 70mm and f / 5.6 at 300mm.
On paper, this is a direct competitor to the Canon EF 70-300mm f / 4-5.6 IS II USM and Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70–300mm. It must be said that this focal range was still lacking in Panasonic on its full frame cameras and the Japanese manufacturer has decided to catch up.
Optical stabilization in addition to housing stabilization
In addition to the focal range, the Lumix S 70-300 is particularly effective for managing bokeh, the background blur effect, thanks to the integration of 11 blades for its diaphragm. It also benefits from an autofocus without focus breathing, the mechanical effect which modifies the field of vision during autofocus. Panasonic also announces a focus up to a minimum distance of 54 cm. The lens also incorporates optical stabilization compatible with the dual stabilization of Panasonic Lumix cameras.
Finally, note that the Lumix S70-300 lens incorporates four buttons: a first to limit autofocus to subjects over 3 meters, a second to switch between autofocus and manual focus, a third to activate optical stabilization and a last to block the modification of the focal length.
The Lumix S 70-300 lens will be available next May at a price of 1349 euros. Equipped with the L mount, it will be compatible not only with full frame Panasonic cameras – like the Lumix S5 or the Lumix S1 – but also with the Leica SL and SL2 cameras or the Sigma fp.