Odd: No new L-mount product announced the first months of 2020

Usually the first two months of the year are full of announcements. CES and CP+ (although canceled) are good timings for new announcements. But as noted by SAR a couple of companies had no nearly no announcements at all. All we got so far from the Lecia-Sigma-Panasonic L-mount group is the updated Panasonic S lens roadmap.

Here is the list of profucts announced by all camera companies:

Nikon (6 products announced):
Nikon Coolpix P950
Nikon D780
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 120-300mm F2.8E FL ED SR VR
Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200 F2.8 VR S
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm F4-6.3 VR
Nikon Nikkor Z 20mm F1.8 S

Fuji (5 products announced):
Fujifilm X-T200
Fujifilm X100V
Fujifilm X-T4
Fujifilm XC 35mm F2
Fujifilm GF 45-100mm F4 R LM OIS WR

Canon (4 products announced):
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
Canon EOS R5 (granted just development announcement)
Canon EOS Rebel T8i
Canon RF 24-105mm F4.0-7.1 IS STM

Olympus (2 products announced):
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro

Ricoh-Pentax: (2 products announced):
Ricoh WG-70
HD Pentax-D FA 70-210mm F4 ED SDM WR

Sony (1 product announced):
Sony 20mm F1.8G

Leica (1 product announced):
Leica M10 Monochrom

Panasonic (0 products announced):
no product announced (a part of a new L-mount lens roadmap).


Sigma announces it will release the new FP firmware Ver.2.00 this summer

Sigma just teased the launch of a new major firmware update for the FP:

SIGMA is pleased to announce the firmware update schedule for the SIGMA fp.

Firmware update Ver.2.00 will be released in summer 2020. It will improve the camera’s capability with the addition or improvement of a number of functions including CinemaDNG playback, cinemagraph functionality and movie recording with the Director’s Viewfinder.

[Benefits of the update] ・Supports CinemaDNG 120/100fps (FHD 8bit) shooting.
・Supports cinemagraph functionality.
・Supports still image shooting during live view and movie shooting in Cine mode.
・Supports HDR shooting.
・Supports Director’s Viewfinder recording function.
・Supports SDK (Software Development Kit).

SIGMA is also developing firmware Ver.1.02, which corrects card errors when using certain SD cards, and introduces added lens aberration correction processing. This is scheduled to be released on Wednesday 18th March 2020.

Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 review at Thephoblographer: “very worthy long term investment”

ThePhoBlographer tested the Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 lens and concluded:

The Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro is a truly exceptional lens. It really delivers where it counts with image quality. This lens is not only very sharp but also delivers beautiful bokeh. Portrait photographers will appreciate the colors as will wedding photographers and photojournalists. Those who travel will like the build quality. However, all of these photographers won’t like the size. Combine this with the mammoth bodies that the L Mount has right now, and you’ll realize that it’s all going to take up a lot of space in your camera bag. $2,297.99 also seems a bit steep for a lens like this. But once the system gets better camera bodies, this lens will prove itself to be a very worthy long term investment.