Newark, NJ—An ultrawide-angle zoom lens, the Panasonic Lumix S 14-28mm F4-5.6 Macro is based on the L-mount system. Panasonic’s Lumix S series now offers three budget-friendly lenses. They are the Lumix S 14–28mm f/4–5.6 Macro (S-R1428); Lumix S 20–60mm f/3.5–5.6 (S-R2060); and Lumix S 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 Macro OIS (S-R70300).
As a result, the line now covers a 14mm ultrawide angle to 300mm telephoto range. All these lenses also achieve optical performance for both photos and video as well as mobility to complement Lumix S5 series cameras.
Panasonic Lumix S 14-28mm F4-5.6 Macro
The Lumix S 14–28mm f/4–5.6 Macro is constructed with 14 lens elements in 10 groups. They include one aspherical ED (extra-low dispersion) lens, one aspherical lens, three ED lenses as well as one UHR (ultra–high refractive index) lens. The use of aspherical lenses realizes both high descriptive performance and pleasing bokeh. Moreover, the three ED lenses suppress chromatic aberration.
Despite its compact size and weighing approximately 12.2 ounces, the lens boasts 0.25 (at 14mm) – 0.5x (at 28mm) macro capability. Taking advantage of the minimum focusing distance of 5.9 inches throughout its entire zoom range, photographers can use the lens to create close-up shots punctuated with bokeh. In addition, the lens is an option for taking sweeping landscape shots in an ultrawide-angle of view.
The macro lens is also capable of smooth, silent operation to work with the camera’s AF system and the max 240-fps sensor drive. For the non-linear setting, focus is shifted with a variable amount according to the rotation speed of the focus ring. Focus is shifted with a designated amount according to the rotational quantum of the focus ring for the linear setting. Furthermore, sensitivity is selectable from 90º to 360º.
The Lumix S 14–28mm f/4–5.6 Macro is also a solution for video recording, since it has a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing. Together with a micro-step aperture control for smooth exposure change, users can record quality video.
The dust/splash-resistant lens also withstands use under harsh conditions, even at 14°F. Additionally, a fluorine coating on the front element provides water/oil-repellency. And users can attach a 77mm ND/PL filter.
Panasonic’s Lumix S 14–28mm f/4–5.6 Macro reaches retail the end of March. It will have a suggested retail price of $799.99.