Sigma announces the release of eleven L-mount ART lenses!

And exactly as we “rumored” weeks ago Sigma today announced they will release 11 L-mount versions of their current ART lens primes:

Release of SIGMA Interchangeable Lenses for L-Mount

SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the Art line prime lens lineup for full-frame cameras in L-Mount. These L-Mount series lenses have achieved high-speed AF and are fully compatible with AF-C mode, in-camera image stabilization, and in-camera aberration correction. The lineup will consist of 11 prime lenses for full-frame cameras from SIGMA’s Art line covering from 14mm to 135mm currently available in other mounts, allowing the Art line, which pursues the highest performance, to be enjoyed on L-Mount cameras.

[Features] 1. Optimized AF for L-Mount※1
With the AF drive control program and high-speed communication tuned for each lens, shooting at speed with high-precision AF control is achieved. The lenses also support the AF-C mode.

2. Compatible with in-camera image stabilization※1
Compatible with in-camera image stabilization, the camera automatically detects the focal length of each lens and optimizes image stabilization performance.

3. Data pre-loaded for compatibility with in-camera aberration correction※1
Fully compatible with in-camera aberration correction (corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations, and distortion). By matching corrections to the optical characteristics of the lens, this function takes image quality to an even higher level.

4. Native mount for a more rigid and stable feel
Making the lens mount native provides a much more rigid and stable feel to the lens than using an adapter. Featuring a surface treatment to enhance strength, the brass bayonet mount offers a high-precision fit and exceptional durability. The mount connection area incorporates rubber sealing for dust- and splash-proof construction.

5. Available SIGMA Mount Conversion Service※2
This service converts specifications of the mount of SIGMA lenses to that of a different camera body. Users can “tailor” their favorite lenses to the camera body if they plan to get a new one in the future. This allows continued use of their favorite lenses over the long term regardless of the camera system.

※1 Compatibility with each function depends on the functions available on each camera.
※2 The SIGMA Mount Conversion Service (chargeable) is different from a normal repair service. It is not available at stores. In order to apply for the service, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor.

[Product Lineup]

SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case supplied

SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case supplied

SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case, Hood, Tripod Socket, and Protective Cover PT-21 supplied

SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

Sigma announces the new Canon EF to L-mount MC-21 adapter!

SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21

The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the new mount converter enhancing the extensibility of the L-Mount system.

Launch: TBD
Available AF mounts: SIGMA SA-L, CANON EF-L
Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Information

The SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21 allows SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA’s CANON EF mount interchangeable lens owners to use their lens investment on L-Mount camera bodies. The converter allows more freedom of choice for L-Mount cameras from SIGMA, Leica Camera and Panasonic, enhancing the extensibility of the L-Mount system.

1. Effective use of lens investment
Attaching the MC-21 to your collection of SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA’s CANON EF mount compatible lenses※ allows them to be used as L-Mount system lenses, promoting the effective use of valuable lenses already owned.
※See the list of compatible lenses below.

2. 29 interchangeable lenses available to be used for L-Mount cameras
The MC-21 increases the number of interchangeable lenses manufactured by SIGMA that can be used with the L-Mount system by 29 lenses. Compatible with the autocrop function, mounting APS-C size image circle DC lenses to a camera body equipped with a 35mm full size sensor still allows immediate use for shooting.

3. Fast and accurate auto focus
High precision AF photography in AF-S mode is achieved.
* Not compatible with AF-C mode.

4. Simple interface
Whether the mounted lens is compatible or not is instantly visible from the color and the on/off of the MC-21’s built-in LED. The LED also notifies the user when a lens firmware update is available.

5. Lens data is pre-loaded
Running the data pre-loaded in the MC-21 for each lens by the special control program, autofocus and aperture control have been optimized. Regarding lenses to be released in the future, data for operating these lenses via the MC-21 will be stored in the lens. It means no firmware updates of the MC-21 will be required to use those new lenses. In addition, the MC-21 also supports correction functions of camera such as peripheral illumination, chromatic aberration of magnification, and distortion.

● Comes with a tripod socket
Equipped with a socket for attaching the tripod※. Lenses not equipped with a tripod socket can be used by mounting the tripod to the MC-21.
※ The tool supplied makes attaching/detaching possible.

● The inside surface of the barrel is covered with flocking to eliminate internal reflections.
To prevent a reduction in lens performance due to internal reflections, the inside surface of the barrel is covered with flocking.

● Inclusion in Exif data
Information such as lens type, focal length, F number, and other tags are embedded as Exif data in each image file.

New Panasonic S1-S1R autofocus test by Richard Wong

Richard Wong:

*** This video is based on a pre-production Panasonic Lumix S1R running pre-production firmware 0.7 ***
The Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R are both photo oriented cameras, so in this video I’m going to test the S1R’s photo mode single autofocus performance and also compared it with the Nikon Z6.
The reason of comparing the two cameras is not to find out which camera autofocus better, but it’s to use the Nikon Z6 as a reference to show you the autofocus performance of the Panasonic Lumix S1R (and S1)
So how does the S1R performs and compares with the Nikon? Check out this video to find out yourself

Preorders:
Panasonic S1R at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic S1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 24-105mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 70-200mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.

New Panasonic S tests roundup

Preorders:
Panasonic S1R at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic S1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 24-105mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 70-200mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.

This is how many Panasonic S cameras and lenses will be produced per month (S1 production four times the S1R)

Panasonic Japane shared the monthly production rate for their new gear. They will make:
150 S1R cameras per month
600 S1 cameras per month
120 50mm f/1.4 lenses
120 70-200mm f/4.0 lenses
20 24-105mm f/4.0 lenses

I am surprised to see such a low number for the 24-105mm lens which I think is going the be the more popular of the three!

 

via ThisTanaka

You can now compare the Panasonic S1-S1R files with Nikon and Sony (via Imaging Resource)

You can now use Imaging Resources Comparometer Tool to pixel peep the Panasonic S files versus the competition.


 

Preorders:
Panasonic S1R at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic S1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 24-105mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 70-200mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.