After the inevitable standard Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f / 2.8 O.I.S. Introduced earlier (August 2019), Panasonic brings the number of lenses in its Hybrid 24×36 range to six by unveiling two new features for the 2019 Photo Show. The Lumix S PRO 70-200mm f / 2.8 O.I.S. and Lumix S PRO 16-35mm f / 4 complete the series, on the one hand with a bright telephoto lens, and on the other with a wide-angle zoom that was lacking until then.
A high-end and resistant construction
The Lumix S PRO 70-200mm f / 2.8 O.I.S. complete the existing offer with the Lumix S PRO 70-200mm f / 4 O.I.S. which, as its name indicates, enjoys a constant and reduced opening. The optical construction is organized around 22 elements divided into 17 groups. 1 aspheric lens is present alongside 3 ED lenses and 2 UEDs. The number of lamellae of the diaphragm is 11.
Tropicalization is present and the lens is compatible with dual stabilization thanks to an integrated optical stabilization that will work in concert with that of the Lumix S1 and S1R enclosures. Panasonic announces autofocus as very fast with 480 fps communication speed. Dear Panasonic, the focus ring is disengaged to switch to manual. Parameterizable control buttons are also present on the drum.
The wide angle landed
Missing so far on the call, a wide-angle lens is emerging. The Lumix S PRO 16-35mm f / 4 offers a more timid aperture than the Lumix S PRO 70-200mm f / 2.8 O.I.S., but Panasonic had also started the movement this way for the rest of the range. The optical construction comprises 12 elements divided into 9 groups. 3 lenses are aspheric while 1 ED lens and 1 UHR lens are also integrated. The diaphragm has 9 lamellae.
Like the rest of the range, the Lumix S PRO 16-35mm f / 4 is resistant to moisture and dust. The lens has no stabilization, but Lumix S1 and S1R cameras have mechanical stabilization. Here we also find the type ring clutch which allows to go into manual focus and which reveals a scale of distances.
Next step, a very long focal length?
Now that a wide-angle is presented, it only needs a very long focal length at Panasonic to cover most uses. It can therefore be estimated that a target of up to 600 mm should not be too long. Panasonic is committed to the production of the Lumix S PRO range and announces up to 11 lenses by March 2021. With Sigma and Leica, nearly 46 lenses will be available relatively quickly. Panasonic hopes to offer a strong argument to convince the purchase.
Prices and availabilities
Announced to fuel the news around the Photo Exhibition which begins this Thursday, November 7, 2019, the two new products will not be marketed before January 2020. The Lumix S PRO 16-35mm f / 4 will be sold at 1 599 €, the Lumix S PRO 70-200mm f / 2.8 OIS being proposed at € 2,799.