Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 Review

June 17, 2020 | Tim Coleman | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

Sharpness at 35mm

For this test, the Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 lens was attached to a Panasonic S1R body, which was in turn mounted to a sturdy tripod. Exposure delay mode was activated and image stabilisation turned off. Tonal and colour variance across the crops are due to change in natural light during the session.

The full frame

The full frame at 35mm

At 35mm, the maximum aperture is f/4.5. In these test images we can see that detail is sharp over the entire aperture range, save for f/22 where the effect of diffraction (an overall softness) is seen and to a lesser extent at f/16. Even at f/22 the overall softness is only really visible when really scrutinising a picture. There is an ever-so-slight softness at the maximum f/4.5 aperture.

Again, centre sharpness is maintained all the way to the very corners of the picture when a shallow depth of field is not a factor. Our hyper critical observations would again confirm that the sweet spot of the lens at 35mm is still between f/5.6 and up to f/11, but we would have no hesitation to use this lens even at its maximum aperture, ignoring the ever-so-slight vignetting.

Truly though, we have been surprised by just how sharp this lens is. It's not critically sharp in the same way as lenses three times the price, but it is very sharp indeed!

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/4.5 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 f16.jpg