Panasonic Lumix S 24mm f/1.8 review

The widest in a family of four reasonably priced primes, the Lumix S 24mm F1.8 is an unassuming but effective wide prime

Panasonic Lumix S 24mm F1.8
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Digital Camera World Verdict

You don’t get much more middle of the road than the Lumix S 24mm F1.8. It’s not especially fast, it doesn’t have an aperture ring, focus distance scale, control ring, function buttons or indeed any controls other than a focus ring and an AF/MF switch. Even the optical performance is average. But this is also an affordable lens with silent and responsive AF, smooth handling and weather sealing. It also shares the same appearance, dimensions and even filter size of the three other primes in its little family group. It’s not glamorous, but the Lumix S 24mm F1.8 is efficient and effective.


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    Fast, silent AF

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    Focus breathing control

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    Weather sealing

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    Light weight


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    No aperture ring

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    F/1.8 is modest by current standards

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    Edge definition adequate but not stellar

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While all the attention goes on Panasonic’s Lumix S cameras, it’s been quietly building a very effective line-up of lenses too. In particular, Panasonic has kept both the size and the price of its ‘consumer’ lenses down, so that they balance well on the cameras and you can build up a good set of lenses at a reasonable cost.

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Mount optionsL-mount
Lens construction12 elements in 11 groups
Angle of view84°
Diaphragm blades9
Minimum aperturef/16
Minimum focus distance0.24m
Maximum magnification0.15x
Filter size67mm

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG DN Art
It’s bigger and heavier than the Lumix S 24mm F1.8, but it’s also faster and has an aperture ring. Best of all, it sells for around the same price, so for stills photographers, the Sigma does seem like the much better option.


Sigma 24mm f/3.5 DG DN Contemporary
The Sigma 24mm f/3.5 DG DN Contemporary is a lot smaller than the Lumix S 24mm F1.8, boasts premium build quality and a physical aperture ring, and it’s cheaper too. The Lumix S lens will still win for AF responsiveness and maximum aperture, but the Sigma wins on size, price, and physical controls.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at