Panasonic Lumix S 50mm f/1.8 review

It’s much cheaper than its f/1.4 sibling but is this Panasonic Lumix S 50mm f/1.8 nifty fifty up to pro standards?

Panasonic Lumix S 50mm f/1.8 lens review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The simple design gives this 50mm lens an approachable user experience - it's uncomplicated and functional, which is what most of the target usership will be looking for, when seeking to buy. It feels tough, is perfectly balanced on pro LUMIX cameras and delivers excellent image quality - enough to keep the most discerning pros happy. If you can go without the S - line construction however it does start to look a little expensive, since other 50mm f/1.8 lenses can be found for less than $200/£200.


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    Weather resistance

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    Autofocus speed

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    Simple design

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    Image quality


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    Bokeh could be better

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    Quite expensive

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    No integrated optical stabilization

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A 50mm lens is still seen as a universal 'standard' focal length optic, meaning it offers a similar field of view to the human eye when used on a full-frame camera, and is therefore useful for a wide range or practical everyday functions. Due to the often (comparatively) simple design of the optical system these lenses can be found for a surprisingly low price as far as lenses are concerned. 

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