Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8 Review

November 9, 2020 | Mark Goldstein |

Sharpness at 85mm

For this test, the Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8 lens was attached to a Panasonic Lumix S5 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 85mm

Centre sharpness is very good wide-open at f/1.8, and outstanding from f/2.8 all the way through to f/16, with f/22 being adversely affected by diffraction.

The edges are commendably almost as sharp as the centre, with f/2.8 to f/16 again producing the sharpest results.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/1.8 f4.jpg f4.jpg
f/2 f4.jpg f4.jpg
f/2.8 f4.jpg f4.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 f16.jpg