Review: Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro (A Beauty of the L Mount)

The Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro is an exceptional lens that is held back by a system that needs to evolve.

Something really amazed me during the presentation of the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro. They compared it to a Zeiss Otus lens. They specifically said that that’s what they were going for when it came to image quality. To be honest, they’ve either met or exceeded it. Further, they’ve added autofocus and some of the best weather sealing that I’ve seen. With 11 aperture blades at the heart of the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro, one could say that it’s doing what the Sony G Master system is striving for. But that would leave out the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro’s biggest weakness.

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Sample Images: Portraits Shot with the Panasonic 50mm F1.4 Lumix S Pro

We were shooting with the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro at WPPI 2019 and we’ve got a ton of portrait sample photos.

The Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro lens is the company’s first really high end prime lens offering for the L mount system. We recently put it through a quick test for portrait shooting. Photographers who are interested in shooting portraits with a shorter focal length like a 50mm lens will be pleasantly surprised that Panasonic put a lot of engineering into this lens. In fact, during our meeting with Panasonic they told us that they made it a “no compromise” lens. It was likened at one point to the Zeiss Otus lineup, which lead the way for the charts over at DXOMark. We’ve updated our Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro first impressions for you, but we’ve got a few further thoughts and the full gallery of portraits after the jump.

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