Panasonic Lumix S 100mm f/2.8 Macro review: an incredibly compact lens for close-ups

The Panasonic Lumix 100mm's incredibly compact size and lightweight design ticks all the right boxes for a 1:1 macro lens

Panasonic Lumix S 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens attached to a Panasonic Lumic S5II on a tripod
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix 100mm hugely impresses with its compactness for a full-frame 1:1 macro lens, contrasting starkly with larger competitors. Complementing Panasonic's other prime lenses, its size consistency aids in balancing cameras for video work. The sharpness is great across the frame, with great quality images.

Pros

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    Incredibly compact and light

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    Near silent autofocus

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    Great image quality across the frame

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    Same balance as other Panasonic primes

Cons

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    No optical image stabilization

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    Other brands expanding beyond 1:1

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    Occasional close-focus hunting

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Editors note: this lens review was first published Jan 8 2024, however after publication, Panasonic informed us the lens used for testing had been damaged in transit affecting its performance. Accidents happen, and we have now retested a new copy of the lens and updated this review accordingly.

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Focal Length100mm
Aperturef/2.8 - f/22
Lens Construction13 elements in 11 groups, 3 ASPH, 2 UED, 1 ED
Aperture Blades9
Maximum Magnification1.0x
Closest Focusing Distance20.4cm
Focus SystemDouble Focus Dual Phase Linear Motor
OISB.I.S. only
Switch/RingAF/MF Switch, Focus Limiter
WeatherproofingDust/Splash-resistant, Freeze-resistant (-10°C)
Filter Size67mm
Diameter x Length73.6 x 82.0 mm
Weight300g
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FeaturesGreat standard length 1:1 macro lens, but lacking OIS and doesn't push any boundaries★★★★
DesignWeather resistant, and incredibly small and lightweight without sacrificing quality★★★★★
PerformanceExcellent macro performance, slight corner softness wide open, but very sharp from f/4★★★★★
ValueCompetitively priced against the competition, although other brands have a few more features★★★★★
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Laowa 90mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO

If you are only a stills photographer, and you don’t mind manual focusing then the <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/laowa-90mm-f28-2x-ultra-macro-apo-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Laowa 90mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO is definitely one to check out. Offering outstanding image quality from the macro specialists at Venus Optics, the lens has a big 2:1 magnification for enhancing every little detail in your subject.

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