A welcome addition to Panasonic's Lumix S lens lineup, the LUMIX S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 MACRO O.I.S. Lens is equipped with a versatile focal range, macro capabilities and a strong, power optical image stabilising system. The lens is able to capture and produce stunning images thanks to its complex lens structure that is made up of 17 glass elements in 11 groups, including the use of 2 ED lenses, 1 UED lens and a further UHR lens. The 11-bladed circular aperture diaphragm not only provides greater control of depth-of-field and light coming into the lens but also helps to produce beautifully smooth and pleasing out-of-focus areas, helping you effectively operate your subject from the background.
Panasonic LUMIX S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 MACRO O.I.S. Lens Key Features:
- Fitted with Panasonic's strong and sturdy L-Mount
- Designed for use on cameras such as the S1H and S5
- A wide-ranging focal length for flexibility and creativity
- A strong and reliable onboard optical image stabiliser
- Lens structure comprised of 17 elements in 11 groups
- Uses 2 ED lenses, 1 UED lens and 1 UHR lens
- An 11-bladed circular aperture diaphragm
- Produces pleasing and beautifully smooth out-of-focus areas
- An impressive splash and dust-resistant construction
- Fully functional from temperatures as low a -10° to 40°
Expanded Panasonic LUMIX S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 MACRO O.I.S. Lens Key Features:
Complex Lens Structure
This lens sees an advance and complex lens structure which helps you to utilise a huge focal range and macro shooting capabilities. To achieve this, the lens structure is comprised of 17 glass elements in 11 groups. This includes the use of two Extra-Low dispersion lenses, one Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion element and an Ultra-High Refractive Index element which together have a dramatic effect on the images you take; significantly reducing the appearance of chromatic aberrations and colour fringing, whilst increases clarity, colour accuracy and maintain edge-to-edge sharpness.
Aperture Control and O.I.S
Panasonic has designed an 11-bladed, circular aperture diaphragm which offers an aperture range from F4.5 (Wide) - F5.6 (Tele) to a minimum aperture of F22. This range will help you maintain consistent illumination throughout the zoom range and is particularly useful for macro photography where sharp, well-lit images are vital. In addition, this aperture design provides extensive control of depth-of-field as well as produces pleasing and beautifully smooth out-of-focus areas.
The lens is also equipped with a strong and powerful optical Image Stabiliser. This mechanism minimises the appearance of camera shake and makes for sharper handheld shooting. This is particularly effective when shooting handheld macro photography. Furthermore, this can be supported by in-camera 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 for increased stabilisation performance.
Out and About
The lens weighs in at 790g, which whilst it isn't the lightest lens out there, it's certainly not the heaviest. In fact, this weight is actually complementary to the optical image stabiliser as you can hold the lens with a confident grasp and without tiring, and the lens will make short work of any micro-movements you may make when capturing macro photography.
As well as this, the lens has also been built with a splash- and dust-resistance. It's not weatherproof but this resistance will most certainly help if you happen to be out on-location photography and then weather takes a turn. Of course, the lens includes a lens hood which will help to reduce any unwanted glare you might experience in strong lighting.
What's in the box?
- 1 x Panasonic LUMIX S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 MACRO O.I.S.
- 1 x Front Lens Cap
- 1 x Rear Lens Cap
- 1 x Lens Hood
Panasonic LUMIX S 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 Macro OIS Lens Product Video:
Panasonic LUMIX S 70-300mm Macro OIS | First Look Review | New L-Mount
What cameras would best suit this lens?
This lens features Panasonic's increidle L-Mount fitting which means it's ideal partner would be the Panasonic S1H or S5 mirrorless camera bodies.
What filter thread size does this lens have?
This lens has a 77mm filter thread.
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