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Panasonic Launches Three L-Mount Interchangeable Lenses for the LUMIX S Series Full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera

LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4 (S-X50), LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. (S-R70200) and LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R24105)

Newark, NJ (February 1, 2019) – Panasonic is proud to introduce three new interchangeable lenses based on the L-Mount system for the LUMIX S Series Full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera. Especially focusing on professional use, the LUMIX S Series pursues uncompromising photographic expression with its high-quality cameras and lenses.

The L-Mount is a lens mount for mirrorless cameras that was launched by Leica and is equally suitable for both the APS-C format and full-frame cameras. Leica Camera, Panasonic, and Sigma are set to offer a user-friendly solution that will allow photographers to ‘mix and match’ any of the three manufacturers’ APS-C and full-frame cameras with any lens from each other’s product portfolios. The aim of the L-Mount Alliance is to provide customers with a diverse and future-proof range of products. The advantages are a large inner diameter of 51.6 mm that enables the realization of extremely fast lenses and extremely compact dimensions. The configuration of the lens-to-camera communication interface is future-proof and the L-Mount also offers an option for the construction of sealed systems that are insensitive to dust and moisture. The L-Mount thereby opens up an almost limitless spectrum of new creative possibilities.

All interchangeable lenses of the LUMIX S Series provide high performance yet the “LUMIX S PRO” lenses further boast ultimate optical performance to be certified by LEICA for clearing stringent LEICA standards. Panasonic is committed to designing and developing 10 or more lenses with a focus on “LUMIX S PRO” lenses by 2020 and further expanding the S Series lens lineup.


LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4 (S-X50)

The LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4 is a large-aperture fixed focal length LUMIX S PRO lens that is the core of all LUMIX S Series lenses. Ensuring versatile use with its 50mm focal length and F1.4 high speed, the LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4 boasts stunningly high resolution and a descriptive performance from the center to the corners of the image despite its large aperture. It provides smooth defocus gradation from the focus peak to the neighboring area of the image. It also describes the point light sources in the background as impressive, beautiful bokeh. The optical performance of this LUMIX S PRO lens is outstandingly high to clear stringent LEICA standards.

Comprising 13 lenses in 11 groups, the use of 2 aspherical lenses and 3 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppresses both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Astigmatism is also corrected with those aspherical lenses, achieving high resolving performance.

A double focus system combining a linear motor and stepping motor achieves sensor drive at a maximum speed of 480 fps. It realizes fast, high-precision AF to ensure that you will never miss a photo opportunity. Adoption of a focus clutch mechanism enables instant AF/MF switching and accurate manual focusing. The LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4 also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, which was a fatal problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for still image photography.

The refined design of the LUMIX S Series provides high operability as a tool for professionals. The rugged dust/splash-resistant* design withstand use under harsh conditions even in 10 degrees below zero for high mobility. The filter diameter is 77mm, with an 11-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

*Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.

LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. (S-R70200)

The second lens is also a LUMIX S PRO lens. The LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. telephoto zoom lens provides high-resolution, high-contrast images across the entire zoom range. It can be used for wide-ranging situations, from portraits to sports. Panasonic LUMIX’s image stabilization system 5-Axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) 2*1 can be used with the LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. for the first time as a lens of a full-frame mirrorless camera system, to ensure that you will never miss a photo opportunity. The optical performance of this LUMIX S PRO lens is outstandingly high to clear stringent LEICA standards.

The lens unit comprises 23 lenses in 17 groups and the use of an aspherical lens and 3 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppresses both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Designed in pursuit of optimum lens alignment, it achieves beautiful bokeh with minimum vignetting.

The O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) in the lens effectively compensates for the hand-shake movement, making it easy to shoot even without a tripod or in low-lit situations. Complying with the camera’s Body I.S., the 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2*1 makes it possible to use 6-stop slower shutter speed*2. The high-precision linear motor achieves sensor drive at a maximum speed of 480 fps for fast auto focusing. The adoption of a focus clutch mechanism enables instant AF/MF switching and accurate manual focusing. The LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, which was a fatal problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for still image photography.

The refined design of the LUMIX S Series provides high operability as a tool for professionals. The rugged dust/splash-resistant*3 design withstand use under harsh conditions even in 10 degrees below zero for high mobility. The filter diameter is 77mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

*1 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 can be used with the camera LUMIX S1R and S1, as of February 1, 2019.

*2 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=200mm, when LUMIX S1R is used.

*3 Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.

LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R24105)

The LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. is a versatile standard zoom lens covering wide-angle to medium-telephoto. It assures high descriptive performance across the entire zoom range. In addition to its versatile use with a wide and long zoom range, the LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. enables 0.5x macro shooting with a minimum focusing distance of 0.3m. Panasonic LUMIX’s image stabilization system 5-Axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) 2*1 can be used with LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. for the first time as a lens of full-frame mirrorless camera system, never to miss the photo opportunity.

The lens unit comprises 16 lenses in 13 groups and the use of 2 aspherical lenses and 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppresses chromatic aberration and achieves high resolution.

The O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) in the lens effectively compensates for the hand-shake movement, making it easy to shoot even without a tripod or in low-lit situations. Complying with the camera’s Body I.S., the 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2*1 makes it possible to use 6-stop slower shutter speed*2. The high-precision linear motor achieves sensor drive at a maximum speed of 480 fps for fast auto focusing. The LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, which was a fatal problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for still image photography.

The refined design of the LUMIX S Series provides high operability as a tool for professionals. The rugged dust/splash-resistant*3 design withstand use under harsh conditions even in 10 degrees below zero for high mobility. In addition, a fluorine coating on the front element repel water and oil and prevent them from attaching. The filter diameter is 77mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

*1 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 can be used with the camera LUMIX S1R and S1, as of February 1, 2019.

*2 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=105mm, when LUMIX S1R is used.

*3 Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.

luka28

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I have no idea why would anyone buy this, what do you get with this system, what are the advantages compared to canon nikon sony, how will panasonic stand out?
 

Larsskv

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I welcome the competition, but I have a hard time figuring out this system’s selling point. Prices and specs seems too high to compete... two f4 zooms and a overpriced 50 f1.4. Perhaps the Leica brand will convince a few. They focus on lack of focus breathing, but I believe only few potential customers has lack of focus breathing as a high priority.
 
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Viggo

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You could adapt the Leica 1,4/50 which costs even a bit more:ROFLMAO: ($ 5295, a real bargain!)
Well, they have bit heavier pedigree and they will last a 100 years, are waaay smaller also. I think Leica is too expensive for sure, but Panasonic are in no position to get away this kind of pricing, the 70-200 f4 costs the same here as I paid for the RF50 with cash back. Or nearly 850 USD more than the EF 70-200 f4 IS MK2. I don’t know how many still photogs are willing to pay this insane amount of money for Panasonic.
 
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jd7

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2300 USD for a 50 f1.4, I would rather keep the RF50, thanks :p
Weight and filter size of the Panasonic 50/1.4 are about the same as for the Canon RF 50/1.2, although of course the Canon has an extra half stop to its name. Will be interesting to see how they compare for IQ, AF, etc.
 
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Don Haines

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But it has “Cat detection mode” in the AF system!

Now I will be able to take 187Megapixel images of my 15 year old cat sleeping in a box. You need a great AF system to be able to track a sleeping cat.....2D6FB3B2-6E4C-4265-A05A-B313C8CE1983.jpeg

Facebook needs some 187Megapixel cat pictures!
 

dak723

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I have no idea why would anyone buy this, what do you get with this system, what are the advantages compared to canon nikon sony, how will panasonic stand out?
Well, Panasonic, by reputation, has the best video. Never tried a Panasonic, so I have no personal knowledge. Bu, as you can see in the other new thread, their camera is loaded with specs! We know how much some folks will be drawn to the specs, even though we have no idea of how well theose specs work. Based on how well Sony has done with loading their camera with specs (that often work sub-par) , they might succeed.

It will be interesting to see some reviews by actual, reliable reviewers.
 
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BeenThere

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I have no idea why would anyone buy this, what do you get with this system, what are the advantages compared to canon nikon sony, how will panasonic stand out?
Lenses, lenses, lenses ..... system needs more, and larger focal range, of reasonable priced lenses. Perhaps Sigma will supply when they start producing for the L mount.
 

tiggy@mac.com

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I have no idea why would anyone buy this, what do you get with this system, what are the advantages compared to canon nikon sony, how will panasonic stand out?
ANSWER WHY:
I think 50mp and 6fps with servo focus is a big deal, and hopefully Canon will be able to double its full frame mirrorless frames per second in servo AND double its megapixels simultaneously, but until it does, this is quite a reach above the EOS R - at least for the sorts of things I shoot (reach-limited nature/wildlife).

It seems squelched by thin-aperture lenses with Leica prices, yes, but that gets solved once Sigma releases its L-mount versions, the timing of which I'm slightly more optimistic about than the release of a pro R version.

The S1R + Sigma lenses appears to be the best first-try full frame mirrorless of any vendor to date. You could make a real system out of this thing.

CONS:
The thing I'm skeptical about is the autofocus, which we won't really be able to suss out until it gets into peoples' hands. My impression is that it is attempting to use a deep learning process to enable old-style contrast AF to be able to have the same function as phase-detect AF. That could either work brilliantly, or suck. Early reports are that it sucks, but there isn't a production version being tested yet.

Vlogger reviews seem to get hung up on video disappointments, such as potential overheating issues with 4k 60fps, crop in 4k 60fps, etc., etc., all of which are features not even present the Canon competitor. I'm not a video guy, so I'm sort of ignoring all that, but if I were to care, Canon wouldn't be the alternative.

UPSHOT:
I've been saving up for a mirrorless full frame upgrade, and I'm not entirely positive this slug of capital will go to Canon or Panasonic. Provided the AF is good (significant liability), if the Sigma lenses come out before the Canon pro body, I'll probably give the Panasonic system a go. Sigma is also developing an L-mount camera, but their camera body track record is pretty bad on the factors I care most about (fps, for instance), so I'm assuming I'll be interested only in their lenses, unless they really surprise - and you never know with Sigma. While the Canon R lenses are easily the best launch-with-camera set of lenses ever offered in more than a decade, I still need >3 fps in servo for me to allow the body in the house.

The upshot: if Canon waits a year to launch a pro-performing body, I'll likely be fooling around with a second system by that time. Will still be open minded to selling 2nd system and come back completely to Canon with a deserving pro mirrorless body, but it'll require the new Canon body to outperform the 2nd system, which will probably be coupled with a wide range of Sigma L-mount lenses that are akin in capability to the fast/bright lenses Canon is putting out geared to the short flange distance. In other words, Canon likely won't be able to answer lower-specced body issues with a simple "it's the lenses."

THINGS TO LOOK FOR:
- AF performance of the SR1 (quite unknown now)
- Adapter performance on the L system (not optimistic)
- Sigma lens launch timing
 
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JBSF

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Sigma is a partner in this, so I assume we’ll see their lenses soon. A good adapter for EF lenses might sell a lot of the Pany bodies if Canon doesn’t add IBIS to their R bodies.
 

Mt Spokane Photography

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I have no idea why would anyone buy this, what do you get with this system, what are the advantages compared to canon nikon sony, how will panasonic stand out?
It is a bad time for launching new camera models, with industry sales dropping and FF gaining more users, it was likely a case of step up or give up. They had already invested a ton of money in development costs, so lets hope they gain some traction in the market, even if we are not a user, more players means more competition.
 
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Normalnorm

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I have no idea why would anyone buy this, what do you get with this system, what are the advantages compared to canon nikon sony, how will panasonic stand out?
What you get is a system that offers ALL the features. Enthusiasts have been complaining loud and long about Nikon and Canon's omission of some features. Most notably IBIS in the Canon.
Panasonic have introduced a full featured body with virtually every box checked. The only real question is AF for some as it has not yet been determined whether they have mustered enough processing power to bludgeon DFD AF to success.
The lack of lenses is not a surprise. Canon offered four lenses, only one with any real flexibility (RF 24-105) while Panasonic offered two flexible lenses. Their 50 is uncompetitive price-wise and I suspect that even the most craven pixel peepers will now concede that we have long since passed the point of any meaningful IQ improvements in this class of lens. Canon's 28-70 F2 is also no bargain but arguably is a better value.