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Panasonic Lumix S 35mm f/1.8 (S-S35) Lens Review - Performance

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Panasonic Lumix S 35mm f/1.8 (S-S35) Performance

Panasonic Lumix S 35mm f/1.8 (S-S35)

Central sharpness is very good at f/1.8 and f/2, excellent from f/2.8 to f/11 and very good at f/16 and f/22. The edges are off to a slower start, being good at f/1.8 to f/2.8, very good from f/4 to f/11, good at f/16 and softening at f/22.


Panasonic Lumix S 35mm f/1.8 (S-S35) MTF Charts

How to read our MTF charts

The blue column represents readings from the centre of the picture frame at the various apertures and the green is from the edges.

The scale on the left side is an indication of actual image resolution and sharpness as LW/PH and is described in detail above. The taller the column, the better the lens performance.

For this review, the lens was tested on Panasonic Lumix S5 using Imatest. Want to know more about how we review lenses?


CA (Chromatic Aberration) is measured with any in-camera corrections switched off, as far as we can know anyway. The results here are very impressive, with values centrally close to zero from f/2.8 onwards. The edges are also very well controlled. The result is that for the vast majority of subjects CA is not evident. It is unlikely that further correction will be needed, but if it is then there are in-camera and software solutions.


Panasonic Lumix S 35mm f/1.8 (S-S35) Chromatic Aberration Charts


How to read our CA charts

Chromatic aberration (CA) is the lens' inability to focus on the sensor or film all colours of visible light at the same point. Severe chromatic aberration gives a noticeable fringing or a halo effect around sharp edges within the picture. It can be cured in software.

Apochromatic lenses have special lens elements (aspheric, extra-low dispersion etc) to minimize the problem, hence they usually cost more.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Panasonic Lumix S5 using Imatest.


Distortion measures at just -0.40% barrel, another great result. Further correction is possible but is unlikely to be needed.

Bokeh is pleasant, aided by a general edge softening at the widest apertures. This suits portraits in particular, and no doubt flower portraits and many other situations.

Flare has been totally nailed by this lens, even with bright light sources right in the frame it is all but impossible to generate any loss of contrast or any artefacts. All due credit goes to the excellent coating technology and general lens design, which will include efficient baffling inside the lens to prevent internal reflections.

Vignetting is present at wide apertures, but by f/4 has all but disappeared, certainly visually.

Aperture Vignetting
f/1.8 -1.5
f/2 -1.3
f/2.8 -0.7
f/4 -0.3
f/5.6 -0.3
f/8 -0.3
f//11 -0.3
f/16 -0.3
f/22 -0.3



Panasonic Lumix S 35mm f/1.8 (S-S35) Sample Photos



Panasonic Lumix S 35mm f/1.8 (S-S35) Aperture range

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