Nikkei report: Panasonic quits low end camera business and release a camera jointly developed with Leica

The prestigious website Nikkei reports:

The company (Panasonic HD) said, “We have stopped developing new models that can be replaced by smartphones.” Production of existing products will continue for the time being, but in the future, the company plans to concentrate on developing high-end mirrorless machines aimed mainly at enthusiasts and professional filmmakers. We are planning to release a mirrorless machine jointly developed with Leica Camera, which we formed a comprehensive partnership with at the end of May, in about a year.

via Digicameinfo

LEAKED: Images of Sigma 20mm f/1.4 and 24mm f/1.4 DG DN Art

On Monday August 8th at 13:00 London time Sigma will announce these two new Full Frame lenses:

  • 20mm F1.4 DG DN Art
    ・Mount: L mount, Sony E mount
    ・Reservation start date: August 9, 2022 10:00
    ・Scheduled release date: August 26, 2022
    ・Suggested retail price: 152,900 yen (tax included) In Europe 999 Euro

  • 24mm F1.4 DG DN Art
    ・Mount: L mount, Sony E mount
    ・Reservation start date: August 9, 2022 10:00
    ・Scheduled release date: August 26, 2022
    ・Suggested retail price: 132,000 yen (tax included)

via Digicameinfo

Sigma teases the launch of new products on August 8th (definitely for 20 and 24mm f/1.4)

Sigma will announce new lenses on August 8, 2022 at 13:00 London time. We already now what we will get:

  • 20mm F1.4 DG DN Art
    Lens configuration: 17 elements in 15 groups (2 SLD glasses, 3 aspherical lenses)
    Number of aperture blades: 11 (circular aperture)
    Minimum shooting distance: 0.23m
    Maximum shooting magnification: 1: 6.1
    Filter Diameter: 82mm
    Size: φ87.8 x 111.2mm (E-mount version 113.2mm)
    Weight: 635g (E-mount version 630g)
    AF assist function
    MFL switch (MF lock)
    rear filter holder
    lens heater retainer
    152,900 yen including tax
  • 24mm F1.4 DG DN Art
    Lens configuration: 17 elements in 14 groups (1 SLD glass, 2 FLD glasses, 4 aspherical lenses)
    Number of aperture blades: 11 (circular aperture)
    Minimum shooting distance: 0.25m
    Maximum shooting magnification : 1: 7.1
    Filter diameter:
    72mm Size: φ75.7 x 95.5mm (E-mount version 97.5mm)
    AF assist function
    MFL switch (MF lock)
    rear filter holder
    lens heater retainer
    Weight: 520g (E-mount version 510g)

Good news from Sigma: Their new Full Frame Foveon sensor will be “ready” end of this year!

Teh Sigma CEO released an interview and said the following:

  • We are still in development and are working on a prototype of a three-layer Foveon X3 sensor.
  • This sensor should be available later this year
  • The Foveon X3 sensor is not a versatile sensor and has disadvantages such as dark performance
  • But when the amount of light is widespread, this camera can produce very beautiful and wonderful pictures.

via DClife

The new Sigma 20mm and 24mm f/1.4 L lenses will be announced on August 8th

I have been told Sigma will announce the two new wide angle primes in August. Here are the known specs:

  • 20mm F1.4 DG DN Art
    Lens configuration: 17 elements in 15 groups (2 SLD glasses, 3 aspherical lenses)
    Number of aperture blades: 11 (circular aperture)
    Minimum shooting distance: 0.23m
    Maximum shooting magnification: 1: 6.1
    Filter Diameter: 82mm
    Size: φ87.8 x 111.2mm (E-mount version 113.2mm)
    Weight: 635g (E-mount version 630g)
    AF assist function
    MFL switch (MF lock)
    rear filter holder
    lens heater retainer
    152,900 yen including tax
  • 24mm F1.4 DG DN Art
    Lens configuration: 17 elements in 14 groups (1 SLD glass, 2 FLD glasses, 4 aspherical lenses)
    Number of aperture blades: 11 (circular aperture)
    Minimum shooting distance: 0.25m
    Maximum shooting magnification : 1: 7.1
    Filter diameter:
    72mm Size: φ75.7 x 95.5mm (E-mount version 97.5mm)
    AF assist function
    MFL switch (MF lock)
    rear filter holder
    lens heater retainer
    Weight: 520g (E-mount version 510g)