L-mount news roundup…

Panasonic S1H vs. GH5 / 4k Dynamic Range and Bokeh Quality Test / Tokyo Tower

Plenty of L-rumors readers images on our L-mount Facebook Group.
Sigma fp Camera accessories as reviewed by SCA Paul Monaghan
Is The Foveon Sensor Still Relevant? (PhotoPXL).
Leica SL2 test at DC.watch

Links:
Panasonic S1R at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic S1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic S1H at Amazon, BHphoto. Adorama. FocusCamera. Park UK.
Panasonic 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens at Amazon, BHphoto. Adorama. FocusCamera. Park UK.
Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 24-105mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 70-200mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.

 

January 2020 camera sales dropped by 19%

The latest Cipa reports contains some very worrisome data: The system camera market dropped by 19%. The system camera market sales were down 11% in terms of units sold and by 19% in terms of value. The rest of the year will be even worse due the effect of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Panasonic-Leica-Sigma might slow down their product release cycle because of that 🙁

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.

L-mount news roundup…

Sigma FP Hands on and What You Must Know Before You Buy

Plenty of L-rumors readers images on our L-mount Facebook Group.
Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/2.8 Review by Dan M Lee.
Panasonic 16-35mm L test at DC.watch
Panasonic Lumix S1R | CFexpress vs. XQD vs. SD (ValueTech).

Links:
Panasonic S1R at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic S1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic S1H at Amazon, BHphoto. Adorama. FocusCamera. Park UK.
Panasonic 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens at Amazon, BHphoto. Adorama. FocusCamera. Park UK.
Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 24-105mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 70-200mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.

 

Panasonic announces the new L-mount lens roadmap

Below you can see the new Panasonic L-mount lens roadmap. You will find those new lenses:

  • 24mm f/1.8
  • 50mm f/1.8
  • 85mm f/1.8 (was already on the previous roadmap)
  • new fast wide angle zoom (compatible for astro photography)
  • new standard zoom
  • telephoto zoom

They removed the 100mm f/2.8 macro from the roadmap and Panasonic said this lens is “under consideration”. Panasonic also says the new f/1.8 primes have very high quality, impressive bokeh and are compact.