Panasonic and Leica are tightening their partnership and announced the new “L2 Technology” collaboration. This is the press text:
Leica and Panasonic Signed Strategic Comprehensive Collaboration Agreement, and Develop “L2 Technology” as Symbol of the Collaboration
Left: Matthias Harsch, CEO of Leica Camera AG
Right: Yosuke Yamane, Vice President of Panasonic Entertainment & Communication Co.,Ltd
Panasonic Entertainment & Communication Corporation (Headquarters in Osaka, Japan) and Leica Camera AG (headquartered in Wetzler, Germany) today announced that they have reached an agreement for a new comprehensive and expanded business alliance. Both companies are committing to increase their collaboration of their core competencies and to develop new technologies and solutions resulting from this collaboration under the name of “L2 Technology” (L squared Technology) which symbolically uses the two “L” of “LEICA” and “LUMIX” in their marketing activities going forward.
L2 Technology will unify the strengths of two brands, LEICA and LUMIX.
It will be a symbol of the collaboration by combining the technologies and know-how of the two companies in the fields of new camera and lens products and next-generation software, and create technologies and solutions that deliver new value in the new era. Through this collaboration, both companies will be able to maximize the synergies by Leica’s optical and imaging technology and Panasonic’s video and digital technology that have been cultivated over many years and jointly explore new creativity and expressive power. We will develop innovative L2 Technology that will create a new imaging world.
Both Leica and Panasonic will jointly invest in new technologies that can be incorporated into camera and lens products, and will incorporate mutually developed technologies into each other’s LEICA and LUMIX products to further enhance their product capabilities. Going forward, each brand will utilize L2 Technology, which is designed to open up new possibilities for creative camera users, in their marketing activities in order to develop a collaborative system over the long term.
Commenting on the announcement today, Yuki Kusumi, CEO of Panasonic Holdings Corporations said, “I am very pleased to have a broad partnership with Leica Camera. Through joint development and marketing with Leica, we will be able to provide products that delight as many customers as possible. This is a major turning point that will undoubtedly lead to the development of the imaging business and especially exciting as Panasonic Holdings. I personally can’t wait to start using the new LUMIX with L2 Technology.”
Furthermore, Akira Toyoshima, CEO of Panasonic Entertainment & Communication Co.,Ltd expressed, “With the arrival of an era in which photos and videos are shared globally in real time, cameras are required to have capability to create more impressive and breath-taking expression. I have always been impressed by the high picture quality and the picture-making philosophy that Leica has developed over its long history. I am very pleased and excited to continue working with Leica to develop technology that will enable people around the world to share their emotions.”
Matthias Harsch, CEO of Leica Camera AG adds “We have been working with Panasonic for many years in a spirit of partnership and trust, and their extensive expertise is undisputed. The combination of our competencies in L2 Technology is another milestone in the partnership and proves that the best way to meet today’s challenges in the camera market is not to segment and specialize, but to deepen capabilities in order to jointly create solutions for the future.”
On June 1st Sigma will announce the new lens. Here are the leaked images and specs via digicame-info:
- 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN | Contemporary
・Lens configuration: 16 elements in 11 groups (5 FLD glass, 4 aspherical lenses)
・Minimum shooting distance: 25cm
・Maximum magnification: 1:5.6
・Number of aperture feathers: 9 (circular aperture)
– Filter diameter: 72mm
・Size: φ77.2 x 100.6mm (102.6mm for E-mount plate)
・Mount: L-mount, Sony E-mount
・Estimated release date in Japan: June 17, 2022
・Overseas price: $899
Kipon announced the third generation lens you can preorder now at BHphoto (Click here). It has an updated optical design with new coatings. It reduces flares and ghosting and fixes some issues with irregular light reflection/diffusion that led to purple fringing.
You can buy this L-mount lens on Amazon. And Richard Wong tested it for you!
The same source that leaked the lens specs says the new Sigma 16-28mm L will be announced on June 1 at 21 Tokyo time.
16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary specs
・ Lens configuration: 16 elements in 11 groups
・ Shortest shooting distance: 25cm
・ Maximum shooting magnification: 1: 5.6
・ Number of aperture blades: 9 (circular aperture)
・ Filter diameter: 72mm
・ Size : Φ77.2 x 100.6mm (E mount version is 102.6mm)
・ Weight: 450g
・ Mount: L mount ・ Sony E mount