Panasonic Lumix S 100mm F2.8 Macro Review

January 8, 2024 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

Sharpness at 100mm

For this test, the Panasonic Lumix S 100mm F2.8 Macro lens was attached to a Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX body, which was in turn mounted to a sturdy tripod. Exposure delay mode was activated. Tonal and colour variance across the crops are due to change in natural light during the session.

The full frame

The full frame at 100mm

Centre sharpness is outstanding from wide-open at f/2.8 all the way through to f/11, with f/16 being slightly affected by diffraction, and f/22 even more so.

The edges aren't quite as sharp as the centre, with the best results obtained from f/4 through to f/11.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/2.8 f2_8.jpg f2.8.jpg
f/4 f4.jpg f4.jpg
f/5.6 f5_6.jpg f5_6.jpg
f/8 f8.jpg f8.jpg
f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg
f/22 f16.jpg f22.jpg