Panasonic Announces LUMIX S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom Lens

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The Panasonic LUMIX S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 MACRO O.I.S. is a new L-Mount lens for LUMIX S Series mirrorless cameras that Panasonic says was designed to focus specifically on professional use.

LUMIX S 70-300mm LensBoasting “high descriptive performance and beautiful bokeh” throughout the entire zoom range, the lens also provides high-speed, high-precision AF and Dual I.S. making it ideal for use with fast moving subjects in both still and video applications.

The LUMIX S 70-300mm features 17 optimally aligned lens elements in 11 groups including 1 UED (Ultra Extra-low Dispersion) lens, 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses and 1 UHR (Ultra-High Refractive Index).

Panasonic says that the elements “effectively suppresses both axial chromatic aberration at the tele-end and chromatic aberration of magnification at the wide-end” and that the “UHR lens achieves uniform image quality from the center to the edges of the image while contributing to overall downsizing of the lens unit.”

Lumix 70-300mm Sample Image at airport by Akira Igarashi

Sample Image Credit: Akira Igarashi

The lens also boasts a minimum focusing distance of 0.54m, with a maximum magnification of 0.5x at 300mm and the circular aperture features an 11-bladed iris diaphragm to provide “beautifully rounded bokeh”.

Focus control with a maximum 480 fps high-speed sensor drive provides ultra-fast, high-precision AF.

Combined with the body IS (image stabilization) found on Panasonic S-Series cameras, the O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) adds an extra 5.5-stops of compensation.

Lumix 70-300mm Macro Sample Image by Akira Igarashi

Sample Image Credit: Akira Igarashi

It features a compact, light weight and rugged dust/splash-resistant design that Panasonic says “withstands use under harsh conditions even at 10 degrees below zero.”

The front elements have a fluorine coating to repel water and oil and prevent them from attaching. The filter diameter is 77 mm.

To further enhance performance when shooting video, the lens features a mechanism that minimizes focus breathing, helps to suppress focus shift while zooming.

Panasonic Lumix S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Macro OIS L-Mount Lens – Vistek Canada

The new LUMIX S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 MACRO O.I.S. boasts high descriptive performance and beautiful bokeh at entire zoom range, which makes it possible to render exceptionally impressive photo and video. It also provides high-speed, high-precision AF and Dual I.S. for agile mobility to be used in wide-ranging situations including sports, animals, portraits aircrafts and vehicles.