Combining impressive speed and optics, the Panasonic Lumix S PRO 50mm f/1.4 is a sophisticated normal-length prime for L-mount mirrorless cameras. Characterized by its fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, this lens excels in low-light conditions and also affords improved control over depth of field for isolating subject matter. The optical design incorporates a pair of aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements, which reduce both spherical and chromatic aberrations for high sharpness and clarity throughout the aperture range. Complementing the optics is a unique double focus system, which utilizes both a linear motor and a stepping motor, to provide especially fast and precise focusing performance. Additionally, a rounded 11-blade diaphragm helps to achieve smooth, pleasing bokeh and the lens also sports a weather-sealed design for working in harsh conditions.
- L-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
- Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
- Two Aspherical Elements
Panasonic Lumix S PRO 50mm f/1.4 Overview
Panasonic Lumix S PRO 50mm f/1.4 Specs
|Lens Format Coverage|
|Angle of View|
|Minimum Focus Distance|
1.44' / 44 cm
13 Elements in 11 Groups
77 mm (Front)
|Dimensions (ø x L)|
3.54 x 5.12" / 90 x 130 mm
2.1 lb / 955 g
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)|
11.1 x 5.7 x 5.5"
Panasonic Lumix S PRO 50mm f/1.4 Reviews
This lens has blown me away. It is the closest I have gotten to the character and technical aspects of shooting on medium format film. Years of shooting Canon, Nikon, Sony, 35mm, medium format, large format, etc. and this lens is a standout, maybe even tied for first. My favorite lens of all time is the f3.5 Planar on my Rolleiflex, and this lens just has that wow factor for me like that lens does, especially with portraits. Tonality, contrast, focus fall off, non-clinal sharpness, it's all there. Yes, it's huge and heavy for a 50mm. I don't care, it'll stay on my camera whenever I need professional results in this focal length, which is most of the time for me. The AF is snappy on my S5, manual focus clutch with hard stops is quick and precise (short focus throw reminds me of some rangefinder lenses), and the overall build quality is solid. I got mine second-hand for well below retail because I couldn't afford or justify the price tag, even when on sale. Now that I've used it, the full retail price makes sense.
A flawless lens if you can handle the weight.
The cost and weight may put you off, but honestly the optics are flawless. Razor sharp, no CA whatsoever, no breathing for video. Just a fantastic lens with no equal at this price point, and perhaps the best autofocus 50mm aside from Leica.
Beefy and tough
This 50 is probably the best 50 out there as far as toughness and quality with great images quality for photos and video. I feel it's worth the price. It is by far a heavy lens . But still worth what you're are getting..
The perfect prime.
Wow. Razor sharp from wide open, no coma anywhere, excellent silent autofocus. Manual focus clutch makes it great for video with almost no focus breathing. It's expensive, but this is a lens that has absolutely no faults outside of it's weight. Considering the weight and cost of Zeiss Otus and cinema lenses, this is a great deal.
An Autofocus Otus..Fantastic Image Quality w/High Grade AF
This Lens is the best 50mm 1.4 I have owned in over 40 years of photography. The image quality is superb (acutance, corrections, bokeh, contrast) and the AF is terrific - lightning quick and confident. The overall handling is a pleasure. the lens is not small - but you get what you carry for. On my Panasonic S1R it sings. Highly Recommended.
Hate to use word Perfect.... sometimes you cannot avoid it!
I own all of the S Pro lenses currently available. This 50mm lens, by far surpasses them all, as it should, being a prime lens. What I had hoped for and never expected to see however, is a new level of design and artistic technical perfection that may have only been attained by a few lenses ever manufactured. (Bold statement) .... Probably somewhat classic in advance optical design, and seemingly not compromising in cost, Lumix, I believe, opted to use complex lenses designed and ground from more expensive traditional superb optical glass to produce this lens. Lumix has achieved a truly Perfect lens and in ALL aspects. It exceeds the 100+ great lenses I have owned in past 50 years of shooting 35mm to 8x10 Sinars. Every review you read defining the positive aspects of this lens are true. I am not a spokesmen for Lumix....only a fan of quality in this lens sample.
The best of the best 50mm
I think it is the best quality 50mm lens available for any mount.
I have received my 50mm f1.4 as long as my SL2 2 x weeks ago. Since then it has not left my Leica. I haven't even tried the Leica 24-70 mm from the bundle I purchased yet. This 50 mm is heavy yes, but the images I get from it are popping ... and crisp. It focuses fast, even in low light. And with the SL 2 face detect the eyes are in focus when portrait shooting . My keeper rate is much higher than with my Fuji X-H1 with the 50 mm f1.0 combo. I love the colors and contrast I get from the Leica and Panasonic combined. I am extremely pleased with this lens ... this is my first Panasonic experience and I really love it.
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