This is what Dpreview hopes to see in 2019 from Panasonic, Leica and Sigma

This is what the three L-mount alliance companies have to do in 2019 according to Dpreview:

– > Leica

Let’s be honest, Leica – this is pointless. It doesn’t matter what we want, or what we say, or what anyone wants or says, you’re Leica! You’ll just continue to do whatever you want, and there’s every chance that in a few weeks’ time we’ll find ourselves reviewing a limited edition ping-pong-bat-rubber-clad Melania Trump signature-edition M10. And that’s why we love you.

Leica – in 2019 we wish you would…

  • Stop with the special editions already – this isn’t the 90s.
  • Make a Q2 – maybe even with a 35mm lens…
  • Say goodbye to 1950s technology and make an M-mount camera with an EVF.
  • Give your customers their moneys’ worth and turn camera repairs around in days, not months. It’s not impossible – everyone else can do it.

– >Panasonic

As you prepare to enter the full-frame market in a few months, we can only imagine that things are pretty hectic in your Osaka headquarters right now. Hopefully you’re not working the engineers too hard, and they get a little downtime to read DPReview, because we’ve got some suggestions that we think might really help Panasonic out in 2019.

Panasonic – in 2019 we wish you would…

  • Ditch field-sequential EVFs, for good.
  • Either fix DFD for video, or use PDAF instead.
  • Now that you’re in the L mount alliance, how about making a full-frame 4K video camera?

– >Sigma

Sigma, we hardly recognize you. Over the past decade you’ve gone from being a respected but midrange third-party lens maker (and a quietly prolific OEM manufacturer) to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the high-end optics market. You’re making some of the finest lenses available, while still undercutting the ‘big’ brands, often by a considerable margin. How do you do that?

We love what you’ve become, but sometimes love is about being honest. Here are some ideas for 2019 and beyond.

Sigma – in 2019 we wish you would…

  • Calm down a bit with the ‘biggest, heaviest and fastest’ primes thing and create a range of compact F2 lenses.
  • Try again with the 24-70mm F2.8 Art.
  • Follow Tamron’s example and develop some native Sony FE lenses.
  • Reverse-engineer the Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts and show them how it’s done.
  • Create a range of full-frame Merrill compacts.

What should the Sigma Full Frame L-mount camera have to make you consider to buy it?

The Sigma Foveon sensor is famous for having super 100 ISO results but also has many shortcomings like:

messy mid ISO performance
horrendeus High ISO performance
frustrating usability
speed of digital cameras made in the early 90ies

Ok, now tell us…

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Panasonic S1-S1R and lens: What we know and what’s “rumored”

It’s time to recap what are the known specs and the rumored specs of the new S1-S1R cameras:

Known S1-S1R specs:

Panasonic S1-S1R rumors:
Panasonic might announce more S1-S1R specs in January (article here).
Rumored price: $4,500 (article here).
Panasonic S1 and S1R camera might output RAW video? (article here).
List of new S1-S1R features “under consideration” (article here).
The Panasonic 24-105mm and 70-200mm have a constant f/4.0 aperture (article here).
Panasonic will not make an MFT to L-mount adapter (article here).

Rumors about Sigma:
Sigma patented a new Dual Layer Full Frame Foveon sensor (article here).

Future tech and cameras:
Panasonic rumored to make an L-mount cinema camera (article here).
Sony has made new 60 and 36Mp FF sensors that can be used by third parties (article here).