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. 

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This bright f/1.8 maximum aperture prime powerhouse offers a 100° angle of view, with shallow depth of field, and nine-blade circular aperture control to create a soft, creamy bokeh effect – perfect for landscape, astro, and architectural photography.

The LUMIX S 18mm F1.8 lens has a minimum focusing distance of about 7.09″ and can also be used on APS-C models, where it provides a 27mm equivalent focal length. Its shortest distance setting of 0.18m can extend its application possibilities when shooting at closer ranges.

Other lenses available in Panasonic's full-frame LUMIX S series include the 85mm lens (S-S85), the 50mm lens (S-S50), the 35mm lens (S-S35), the 24mm lens (S-S24), and the new 18mm lens! 

These lenses are all uniform in size and the positioning of controls on the barrel. The same 67mm filters can also be used on each of these lenses and owning the full set will almost guarantee a lens for any subject and situation.

(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'.