Panasonic Releases 70-300mm L-Mount Telephoto Zoom02/17/2021
Expanding its L-mount portfolio, Panasonic has just announced the Lumix S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Macro O.I.S. lens, a flexible telephoto zoom with unique close-focusing capabilities. Fitting into the full-frame L-mount lens lineup as a lighter-weight, longer-reaching telephoto zoom than the 70-200mm options, this lens adds on to these benefits with the inclusion of a 1:2 macro designation and apt image stabilization to promote sharper handheld shooting.
Considering its portrait-length to super-tele zoom range, this lens is perfect for portraiture, sports, and even wildlife shooting applications. Its quick-focusing Linear AF motor pairs with Panasonic’s DFD technology for responsive subject tracking, and the lens’s physical design, with a built-in focus mode switch and focus range limiter, offers intuitive handling in quick-paced scenarios. Also, benefiting video creators, this lens has well-controlled focus breathing for consistent rendering throughout the zoom and focusing ranges. In addition, one of the spotlight features of this tele zoom is the impressive 1:2 maximum magnification ratio, at the 300mm focal length and 2.4' focusing distance, for half life-size shooting.
Optically, this lens features two ED elements, one ultra ED element, and one ultra-high-refractive index element, which all help to suppress various aberrations and distortion throughout the zoom range to achieve high sharpness and clarity, along with accurate color fidelity. An 11-blade diaphragm is featured, too, and yields soft bokeh, along with distinct 22-point starbursts when stopped down.
Contributing to intuitive handling, this Panasonic 70-300mm also includes a 5.5-stop effective image stabilization system, which works in conjunction with Dual I.S. 2 on select Panasonic cameras, for robust shake correction to enable sharper handheld shooting. Additionally, this lens is dust, splash, and freeze resistant to suit working in harsh weather conditions.
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