Panasonic LUMIX S PRO 16-35mm f/4 review

Panasonic’s wide-angle zoom for its full-frame mirrorless cameras keeps the weight off

5 Star Rating
Panasonic LUMIX S PRO 16-35mm f/4
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Instead of creating a ‘trinity’ wide-angle zoom with an f/2.8 aperture, Panasonic has designed this 16-35mm f/4 lens. It’s relatively lightweight, compared with the likes of Canon’s 15-35mm f/2.8 lens for mirrorless full-frame cameras, at 500g instead of 840g, but is nevertheless impeccably built with pro-grade handling and image quality to match. It strikes a perfect balance on Panasonic S1-series cameras, and performs equally well for both stills and video.


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    Excellent image quality

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    Refined handling

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    Strong, weather-resistant build quality


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    Aperture rating is ‘only’ f/4

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    Quite pricey for an f/4 zoom

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    Push-pull focus ring isn’t universally liked

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Like other Panasonic ‘S PRO’ lenses, including the 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/4 and 50mm f/1.4, this 16-35mm wide-angle zoom is built to exacting standards and is Leica certified. Compared with notable recent competitors for mirrorless full-frame cameras, including the Canon RF 15-35mm and Nikon Z 14-30mm, it doesn’t go quite as wide but has a more classic zoom range that equates to viewing angles that stretch from 63 degrees to 107 degrees, measured on the diagonal of the image frame. 

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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