The Panasonic LUMIX DC-S1R is an extremely well built professional camera with significant protection against the elements. It combines speedy performance with very high 47.3-megapixel resolution, providing exceptional image quality that stands out from even the best of its competitors. In addition, the High Resolution multi-shot feature provides huge 187-megapixel images with incredible levels of detail. Furthermore, the camera’s ergonomics are first-rate, with a large electronic viewfinder that sets new standards for detail and a three-way tilting touchscreen. Add in comprehensive video features, and you have a complete camera for professionals.
The German store Fotokoch has listed the new Leica Apo-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 asph Leica SL lens.
This is the google translated press text:
The new 50 mm lens sets new standards in terms of compactness and performance. Based on innovative technologies, the APO-Summicron-SL leaves 1: 2/50 ASPH. no wishes unfulfilled. Brilliance, micro-contrast to the last corner and a balanced bokeh make the lens a true Leica classic.
Leica APO-Summicron-SL 1: 2/50 ASPH .:
Versatile standard focal length
Leica Camera AG extends the Summicron-SL line with another high-performance lens:
the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 1: 2/50 ASPH .. Whether reportage, travel, studio, architecture, landscape photography, portraits, close-ups, or documentation – with its focal length, the new SL lens is very versatile and can be used in almost every situation. Like the other Summicron SL lenses, the APO Summicron SL uses 1: 2/50 ASPH. Standards and qualifies as a new reference among the standard focal lengths. The used L-mount standard makes the APO-Summicron-SL 1: 2/50 ASPH. also fully compatible with cameras from other L-Mount Alliance partners who also have the lens mount developed by Leica Camera.
Twelve highly complex lenses – three of them with an aspheric surface – in ten groups contribute to a maximum in terms of image quality and that even at fully open aperture – because for Leica lenses applies: open aperture equal to working aperture. Dimming is therefore a pure stylistic device for the image design and not necessary for an increase in performance. Natural skin tones, soft bokeh transitions, outstanding detail contrast and sharpness right down to the edges of the distortion-free images are further quality features for Leica Camera lenses and also apply to the APO-Summicron-SL 1: 2/50 ASPH ..
Every imaging element made of glass – such as lenses – breaks the light of different colors to varying degrees. As a result, not all of the light rays of a multi-colored object focus in one pixel – resulting in chromatic aberrations. These color errors have been seen in the new APO-Summicron-SL 1: 2/50 ASPH. corrected apochromatically. For this purpose, most of the installed lens elements have an anomalous partial dispersion and consist of high-quality special glass, the sophisticated processing of which even leads the innovative production methods of Leica Manufaktur to the limits of the feasible.
The autofocus used in all Summicron SL lenses uses extremely powerful and robust stepper motors with DSD (Dual Syncro Drive). With these, the entire focusing range can be traversed in just about 250 milliseconds. In addition to autofocus, Leica Camera also uses innovative methods for manual focusing: Summicron SL lenses use a novel design of the manual focus ring. In this a ring magnet with alternating north-south polarization is embedded. When the ring is turned, the magnetic field changes. A sensor evaluates the magnetic field and sends its measuring signals to the main processor. Depending on the angle of rotation and the rotational speed, the focus position is approached accordingly – manual focusing can be done even faster and more precisely.
Both the design and the design of the state-of-the-art Summicron-SL line represent the next step in lens development for the Leica SL system. New, highly accurate manufacturing methods and measurement techniques have been developed specifically for manufacturing. The result is not only in more compact dimensions and a significantly lower weight, but also in an excellent imaging performance. A special focus in the design of APO-Summicron-SL fixed focal lengths is on the avoidance of stray light and reflections. In addition to optimizing the optical and mechanical design, unavoidable reflections are reduced to the lowest possible level by a high-quality coating of the optical surfaces. The lenses can also be safely used in almost any weather, thanks to the dust and splash protection and the Aquadura coating of the outer lens elements.
Apochromatic and more
“APO” identifies the Leica lenses with the best imaging performance. In the SL system, all SL Summicron lenses, from tele to wide angle, have the coveted addition. This predicate was reserved for a long time telephoto lenses, since only these could achieve the required quality.
B&H Photography has launched the new Podcast Panasonic Lumix S1 Sweepstake.
The grand prize in our sweepstakes is a Panasonic LUMIX DC-S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-105mm Lens, and our second prize is a Panasonic LUMIX DC-G95 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 12-60mm Lens. One winner for each prize will be selected randomly from all valid entries. The rules and instructions for entering the sweepstakes are below. Good luck and good listening!
The Sony is, overall, the best all-rounder: it does well at just about everything. Sony has been making full-frame mirrorless cameras longer than anyone, which gives it an advantage both in terms of technological development (especially autofocus) and lens selection. However, its focus on developing new and exciting features has left its user interface looking awkward and clunky by comparison. The Panasonic is a more feature-laden camera and yet is arguably easier to use and configure.
The Nikon Z6 runs the Sony very close, especially with its improved focus operation with firmware v2.0. In many respects we prefer the Nikon’s handling and UI over the Sony’s.
The choice you make is likely to engender a degree of commitment to a new lens system and, having looked at each camera in detail, we’d say thinking long-term about lenses is more important than focusing on the relatively minor differences between these three cameras.