Panasonic Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4 review

Less of a nifty fifty, more of an optical juggernaut

Panasonic Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Panasonic’s new 50mm f/1.4 L-mount lens for its S-series cameras is a veritable feast of glass and high-end engineering but it’s frankly massive and weighs almost a kilogram. To put that into perspective, it’s more than three times heavier than directly competing SLR-mount lenses from Canon and Nikon, and almost the same weight as Panasonic’s 70-200mm f/4 L-mount telephoto zoom. Even so, after years of planning, the lens’s performance makes it well worth the wait, and the weight.


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    Fabulous image quality

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    Fast, virtually silent autofocus system

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    Robust build quality


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    Enormous for a 50mm prime

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    Very weighty at almost a kilogram

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    Massively expensive for a 50mm f/1.4 lens

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We all know that a major advantage of mirrorless cameras over SLRs is that they’re more compact and lightweight. After all, they’re called ‘compact system cameras’ for a reason. It seems that nobody told Panasonic, however, as its full-frame mirrorless S1, S1R and S1H cameras are at least as big and heavy as competing SLRs, if not bigger.

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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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