Panasonic announced that they were working on a new Lumix S 18mm f/1.8 lens for the L mount camera system earlier this month when they announced the launch of the new Lumix S 35mm f/1.8 lens. Now, the company has updated their lens roadmap to include it, knocking off the more generic “large-aperture wide fixed focal length” lens from the previous S series roadmap.
There’s no word on exactly when the new lens will appear and simply being added to the lens roadmap doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll come any time soon, either. But given that it’s the only lens with a designated focal length that doesn’t already exist, we might not have to wait too long.
To further strengthen the S-Series lens system, development is underway for a new 18 mm ultra-wide angle fixed focal length lens with F1.8 large aperture.
– Panasonic (from the Lumix S 35mm f/1.8 announcement)
As well as swapping out the generic “large-aperture wide fixed focal length” description for a somewhat more specific “18mm f/1.8”, one lens appears to have disappeared from the previous roadmap. Perhaps it’s just shifted and is that little blue box in the bottom left corner – if anybody can translate and let us know what it says down in the comments, that would be great – but in the previous roadmap there was another lens labelled simply “large-aperture wide zoom”. Here’s the previous roadmap for comparison.
All of the other lenses named with a specific focal length and aperture on the current roadmap can be accounted for on the previous roadmap except for that one. As I said, perhaps it’s that little blue box down in the bottom left corner. But I guess time will tell.
We’ll let you know as we hear more about Panasonic’s upcoming 18mm f/1.8 lens.