Panasonic has officially announced the new S series full frame mirrorless cameras, the new 47MP S1R and 24MP S1. Prototype versions of the S1R and S1 will be displayed under glass at Photokina 2018, with a promised simultaneous launch date for both models of “early 2019”.
The two cameras don’t have a new mount; rather, they use the same Leica L-mount found on that company’s SL.
Thus, users will be able to use new Panasonic lenses, with the first three being a 50 mm/F1.4 fixed-focus lens, 24-105 mm standard zoom lens, and 70-200 mm telephoto zoom lens. Panasonic plans on releasing more than ten lenses by 2020. Users can also use Leica’s expanding L-mount collection, and Sigma is will also be producing lenses for the system. Together, the three companies have formed the ‘L-Mount Alliance’.
The S1R and S1 will support Panasonic’s Dual IS technology, which combines in-camera shake reduction with optical stabilization built into select lenses. Both camera will be able to capture 4K/60p video, which Panasonic says is a first for a full-frame mirrorless camera.
The S1R and S1 will have a three-axis touchscreen LCD similar to the one on the Fujifilm X-T3. It will have dual memory card slots: one XQD and one SD slot.
WIth these two new pro-focused cameras comes a new service and support program known as Lumix Pro, which will allow photographers to get their cameras repaired globally.
You can watch live event of Leica L-mount right now. You can find more at L-mount.com.
The Leica S3 medium-format camera has now officially been announced with 64 megapixels, 3fps continuous shooting, optical viewfinder, and 4K DCI Cinema resolution video. The Leica S3 will launch in Spring 2019, with an early prototype on show at Photokina.
Five new SL lenses will be launched in 2019 and 2020 – the 35mm f/2, 50mm f/2, 28mm f/2, 24mm f/2 and 21mm f/2.
The L-mount alliance between Leica, Panasonic and Sigma is now official !
All three have decided to implement the L-mount standard rather than develop their own proprietary system. Sigma were planning to develop their own 35mm full-frame mirrorless lens mount, but decided to join forces with Leica and Sigma.
The previous leaked new Leica website “L-Mount.com” now live and accessible. Not very much info yet. Only shows that:
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As rumored before, Panasonic, Leica, Sigma will join together to design a new full frame mirrorless system with L-mount. Now according to latest rumors, Sigma may not only design l-mount lenses or l-mount adapters, they may also release new L-mount mirrorless cameras as early as Photokina 2018 to early next year.