Panasonic has unveiled the new LUMIX S 100mm, which claims to be the world’s smallest and lightest medium-telephoto fixed focal length macro lens, weighing approximately 298 grams and featuring a new optical design and newly developed Dual Phase Linear Motor.

Panasonic product marketing manager for imaging, Aaron Waters said, “This new lens is impressively engineered. At 298 grams and just 82mm tall, it is around half the weight and two-thirds the height of many other 100mm macros. Enjoy macro magic with 1:1 life-size magnification to capture close-ups in intricate detail.”

In addition to close-up life-size photography with its 100mm focal length, the new lens produces portraits unique to medium-telephoto lenses, using its large aperture to capture images in high-resolution with bokeh.

The lens operates silently thanks to the new linear motor while focus breathing is suppressed, making it ideal for capturing video. It also offers micro-step aperture control for smooth exposure changes, as well as the ability to choose between linear or nonlinear focus ring settings.

The LUMIX S 100mm F2.8 MACRO (S-E100GC) lens will be available in Australia in February 2024 from leading photographic specialists for RRP $1,999.