Panasonic has launched the Lumix S 50mm f/1.8 prime lens for the L mount, which is the second of the four lenses planned to be released by the company, sharing the same filter thread size and the position of select parts.

Claimed by the company to provide a high descriptive performance with suppressed chromatic aberration, the lens consists of nine elements in eight groups which include 3 aspherical lenses, 1 extra-low dispersion lens and 1 extra-high refractive index lens. It boasts a nine bladed aperture which offers a beautiful bokeh which, as claimed by the company is present in all the lenses of the f/1.8 group.

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Along with being a remarkable choice for stills, the Panasonic S 50mm f/1.8 is also the best suited for video applications. The micro-step aperture control system of the lens enables a smooth exposure adjustments and reproduces a high quality video.

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Weighing just 300 grams, the lens is compact and a perfect choice for travel. Additionally, the lens is splash and dust resistant and is capable of handling adverse conditions and extremely low temperatures going down to 14-degrees Fahrenheit.

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However the resistance to dust does not guarantee that any damage won’t happen if there is direct contact with dust or water. All the manufacturers are given strict instruction that the lens should be able to withstand dust caused due to high winds along with light rain.

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The lens shares the same diameter of 67mm with the 85mm f/1.8 lens launched last November. Panasonic also reveals that a 24mm and a 35mm lens are also under development.

The Panasonic Lumix 50mm f/1.8 will hit the shelves in July and can be purchased for $450