Sigma CEO says they are working on a “different” 70-200mm f/2.8 lens version that is coming “sooner rather than later”!

Sigma CEO Yamaki has been interviewed by Fengniao. They

Question: Will the art series 70-200 f2.8 lens, which is eagerly awaited by domestic users, be released this year?

Answer: We have heard about it and are working on it, so we hope to see it sooner rather than later. In fact, we have been thinking about differentiating this lens, hoping to bring something different to users, which is why we have not launched it yet.

First images of the new Laowa 28mm f/1.2 L lens!

At the Cp+ show Laowa displayed the new Laowa 28mm f/1.2 lens! posted those images and some specs. I also got additional info from my soruce which I included here:

Specs summary:

  • Laowa 28mm f/1.2
  • Full Frame E-mount
  • manual focus
  • lens construction is 13 elements in 7 groups.
  • number of aperture blades is 13
  • shortest shooting distance is 500mm
  • maximum shooting magnification is 0.073x
  • Supports click ON/OFF switching of the aperture ring
  • 562g
  • $599
  • 600g
  • good sharpness even at f/1.2
  • High CA wide open
  • Canon RF, Sony E, Nikon Z, L mount
  • Release on March 28

Triple Sigma lens leaked specs: 17mm f/4, 50mm f/2 and 23mm f/1.4 are to be announced soon!

Sigma will soon announce those three new lenses:

17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary (Full Frame)

  • Lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups
  • Shortest shooting distance: 12cm
  • Maximum magnification: 1:3.6
  • Filter diameter: 55mm
  • Size: φ64.0mm x 48.8mm (50.8mm for E mount version)
  • Weight: 225g (220g for E-mount version)
  • Magnetic metal cap

50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary (Full Frame)

  • Lens construction: 11 elements in 9 groups
  • Shortest shooting distance: 45cm
  • Maximum magnification: 1:6.9
  • Filter diameter: 58mm
  • Size: φ70.0 x 68.0mm (70.0mm for E mount version)
  • Weight: 350g (345g for E-mount version)
  • Compatible with magnetic metal caps

23mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary (APS-C)

  • Lens construction: 13 elements in 10 groups
  • Shortest shooting distance: 25cm
  • Maximum magnification: 1:7.3
  • Filter diameter: 52mm
  • Size: φ65.8 x 76.9mm
  • Weight: 340g
  • Mount: L mount, Sony E mount, Fujifilm X mount

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Panasonic: “Please look forward to the rapid progress of LUMIX in the future”

S5II at Bhphoto, Adorama, Amazon US&EU&CA, Fotokoch, FotoErhardt, WexUK, Ipln. interviewed a bunch of Panasonic managers.

About the Lumix future:

We recognize that we are not yet a strong manufacturer in the market. We believe that the S5II this time is a product of a very high dimension, and we believe that this is the next phase of LUMIX. Please look forward to the rapid progress of LUMIX in the future.

On Why Phase Detection AF is only coming now on Panasonic cameras:

This is because we place the highest priority on image quality. When using focal plane phase detection AF, pixel defects will inevitably occur. LUMIX gives top priority to image quality, so we have been developing from the perspective of how far AF can be enhanced while still producing the highest image quality. In such a situation, we have refined contrast AF and DFD (spatial recognition AF) without pixel defects.

About the new IS system:

The main feature is the significant improvement in the image stabilization effect when shooting videos while walking. Conventionally, when shooting movies, the vertical, horizontal, and rotational correction ratios were allotted at a fixed rate, but with Active IS, for example, in scenes where vertical blur is large, the vertical correction ratio is increased. For example, the correction ratio is adjusted according to the state of blurring. As a result, we were able to greatly improve the correction effect for walking shots. In addition, the camera shake correction effect can be fully demonstrated even with fixed shooting.

Fully leaked S5II, S5IIx and 14-28mm specs!

We also finally know what that S5IIx has what the S5II doesn’t: Apple Pro RES and IP streaming functions!


specification sheet

  • 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
    , AR coat
    , sensor shift type dust removal unit
    , 14+ stops in V-log,
    5-axis 5-step in-body image stabilization
    , Dual.IS 2 6.5-step image stabilization
  • H.264/H.265
  • 6K 30p 200Mbps LGOP 4:2:0 10bit
  • C4K 60p 4:2:2 10bit
  • 3.68 million dots OLED viewfinder 0.78x 120fps
  • Free angle monitor 3.0 type 1.84 million dots
  • Image plane phase detection AF / Contrast AF
  • DFD technology
  • AF -6EV – 18EV
  • ISO 100-51200
  • Extended ISO 50-204800
  • Dual Native
    , Normal ISO 100/640
    , V-Log ISO 640/4000
    , HLG 400/2500
  • Mechanical shutter 1/8000 – 60 seconds
  • Electronic shutter 1/8000 – 60 seconds
  • Continuous shooting speed
    ・Mechanical maximum 9 fps
    ・Electronic SH 30 fps H 9 fps
  • Video function
    ・Vertical position
    ・Level gauge
    ・Knee control
    ・Waveform monitor
    ・Anamorphic de-squeeze display
    ・HLG view assist
    ・LUT view assist
    ・Color bar
    ・Luminance level
    ・Live crop
    ・Stop motion animation
  • USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
  • HDMI A 4:2:2 10bit C4K 60p
  • 3.5mm microphone headphone
  • SD card dual slot
  • 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Fan Auto/Auto2/High Speed/Normal/Slow/OFF
  • 2200mAh battery
    , 370 still images
    , USB power supply, charging
  • Battery Grip DMW-BGS5
  • Dust and splash proof
  • Size 134×102×90mm
  • Weight 740g


  • 24.2 megapixel full-size sensor with effective pixels
  • 6K30P video (full size)/4K60P video (APS-C size)
  • Supports Apple ProRes recording
  • Supports IP streaming function (Wi-Fi, USB, wired LAN)

LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 MACRO

  • Lens construction: 14 elements in 10 groups (1 aspherical ED lens, 1 aspherical lens, 3 ED lenses, 1 UHR lens)
  • Shortest shooting distance: 0.15m
  • Maximum magnification: 0.5x (at 28mm) / 0.25x (at 14mm)
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Size: φ84 x 89.8mm
  • Weight: 345g
  • Dust-proof, splash-proof, and freeze-proof specifications

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