Panasonic promises “great innovations” at Photokina 2020

The Photokina organization issued a press release which contains a statement from Panasonic manager Yosuke Yamane:

“For many years, photokina has been the ideal platform for us to present our product innovations. The Imaging industry is facing big changes and challenges these days. In 2020, we will also be coming to Cologne with big expectations in the new photokina format and are looking forward to contributing with great innovations.

Unlike Panasonic Olympus has decided to NOT participate at Photokina. And also other big players like Leica and Nikon decided to skip the event which will start on May 27.

via PetaPixel

Sigma patented a new 50mm f/1.2 L-mount lens design

Sigma apparently plans to expand their range fo f/1.2 fast primes. After the 35mm f/1.2 we might get the 50mm f/1.2 and 40mm f/1.2. A newly published patent discloses the specs:

Here is the 50mm f/1.2 lens specs:

Focal length: 50.99 mm
F no: 1.25
2ω : 45.97
Image height: 21.63 mm
Lens length: 154.20 mm

Here is the 40mm f/1.2 lens specs:

Focal length: 41.35 mm
F no: 1.26
2ω : 57.17
Image height: 21.63 mm
Lens length: 157.00 mm

via Hi Lows Note

(L5) First leaked images of the new Leica SL2 camera code named “Vader”

Nokishita just leaked this image of  the Leica SL camera. It has some small difference from the previous model (see it here). Now it has a near full body texture and a “ring” around  the mount. Also the grip seems to be slightly curved.

More important  are the changes inside:

– New 47  megapixel sensor
– Cine mode video
– 4K video

Code name of the camera seems to be”Vader” because of the low light capabilities 🙂

Announcement should happen pretty soon…

Panasonic S1H and 24-70mm f/2.8 officially announced !

Panasonic S1H at Amazon, BHphoto. Adorama. FocusCamera. Park UK.
Panasonic 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens at Amazon, BHphoto. Adorama. FocusCamera. Park UK.

News and reviews:
Press on Explora, Dpreview, Adorama,
Previews and hands-on at Dpreview, Damien Demolder, Imaging Resource,
24-70mm hands-on at Photothisandthat.
Panasonic Lumix S 24-70mm f2.8 Lens Product Shots and Comparison on Flickr.
Photographs Shot On The New Panasonic Lumix S 24-70mm f2.8 Lens (Flickr).