Panasonic announces LUMIX S 18mm F/1.8 ultra-wide-angle

New lens from Panasonic
(Image credit: Panasonic)

Panasonic has announced the latest edition to its LUMIX S range of lenses, welcoming the LUMIX S 18mm F1.8 (S-S18) ultra-wide-angle lens designed for its full-frame range of L-mount mirrorless cameras. The lens will be available from October 2022 priced at around $1,000 / £800 / AU$1,486. 

The latest of five currently in the set of high-speed, affordable F1.8 lenses from Panasonic, this new LUMIX S 18mm prime boasts high optical performance, with the benefit of having a large aperture housed within a sleek and compact design. 

(Image credit: Panasonic)

Weighing only 340 g, the LUMIX S 18mm F1.8 lens is amazingly mobile and travel-friendly and is especially portable when paired with the Panasonic Lumix S5, currently the company's smallest full-frame camera model. 

The lens is said to work smoothly and silently with the camera's fast AF system, reading the sensor at around 240 frames per second. When shooting video, a mechanism in the lens suppresses "focus breathing", and with micro-step iris control offering smooth exposure changes, this allows for high-quality video recording.

Pre-order the Panasonic LUMIX S 18mm F1.8 lens from B&H.

You may also be interested in checking out our guides to the best Panasonic cameras, as well as the best wide-angle lenses, and consider, should I buy a Panasonic GH5?

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.