Panasonic has announced the LUMIX FZ1000 II, a new hybrid bridge camera that upgrades the capabilities of the original ground-breaking DMC-FZ1000, with crystal-clear imaging, creative 4K features and responsive shooting.
The philosophy of the LUMIX FZ1000 II is to capture stunningly clear images with amazing detail and resolution. The camera features a large 1-inch type 20.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor, and a high-quality 16x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens, with the minimum aperture extended to F11.
Further expanding the photographer’s scope, the camera captures smooth 4K Video in 3840 x 2160 at 25p, and offers Panasonic’s suite of 4K Photo capabilities. This includes 4K Photo with 4K Pre-burst – as well as Auto Marking, Sequence Composition, Post Focus and Focus Stacking which make 4K Photo even easier to use, in more creative ways.
The LUMIX FZ1000 II is also superior in response, to capture the fleeting moment. Featuring Panasonic’s DFD (Depth From Defocus[i]) technology, the camera has ultra high-speed auto-focus of approximately 0.09 seconds. High speed burst shooting is available at up to 12 frames per second (AFS), and 7 fps (AFC) for around 100 JPEG / 26 RAW images. The FZ1000 II has a maximum mechanical shutter speed of 1/4000 second which increases to 1/16000 second when using the electronic shutter.
For precise focusing, a new OLED LVF (Live View Finder) offers 2,360k-dot high resolution with approx. 0.74x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100% field of view. The 3.0-inch 1,240k-dot free-angle rear monitor now has touch control so focus can be set and enlarged at the touch of a fingertip. For framing versatility, the monitor rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up and down. The menu is also upgraded to enhance ease of use.
The LUMIX FZ1000 II includes the new Zoom Compose Assist function. When the user loses sight of the subject at high zoom, at a press of the dedicated button, Zoom Compose Assist zooms out and quickly retargets the subject at the original zoom ratio.
Scott Mellish, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic, said:
“The original philosophy for this series was class-leading imaging, and the FZ1000 II builds on this with new capabilities to support the creation of stunning shots, including expanded 4K features, an upgraded high-resolution LVF and precise touch focus.”
Images can be shared in the field with smartphones, using Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy connection and Wi-Fi®, and the FZ1000 II offers convenient USB charging.
The FZ1000 II is priced at $1399rrp and will be available in Australia in April 2019 from photographic specialists and consumer electronics retailers.
25mm Ultra Wide-Angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens
The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens system (F2.8-F4.0 aperture) with 16x optical zoom (the 35mm equivalent of 25-400mm) is comprised of 15 elements in 11 groups, including four ED lenses and five aspherical lenses with eight aspherical surfaces, resulting in a high MTF value. Five aspherical glass lenses enable the camera to achieve beautiful, smooth defocus with an invisible edge line. This first lens group located at the front consists of four lenses to minimise chromatic aberration, especially at the tele-end. The minimum aperture is extended from F8.0 (FZ1000) to F11, achieving F2.8-F11 at the wide end and F4.0-F11 at the tele end. The 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilisation) compensates for hand-shake.
Powerful MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
The camera incorporates a 1-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor with 20.1-megapixel resolution. This large sensor results in a dramatic reduction of noise, even when shooting at ISO 12,800. The Venus Engine quad-core image processor supports this with technologies designed for a stunning imaging result. Excellent noise reduction and detail processing achieve a maximum ISO 25,600 (Extended), the aperture filter adjusts sharpness according to the frequency level to preserve fine detail, each colour is precisely evaluated, and gradation is smooth and natural.
The high-resolution LVF offers an eyepoint of around 20mm, so it’s comfortable and effective to use for glasses-wearers. The camera’s front/rear dual dial system enables direct setting of shutter speed and aperture. Frequently-used functions can be assigned to a total of 13 Fn buttons including three new buttons on the lens barrel and five on the touch control menu.
The FZ1000 II backs its excellent imaging with Panasonic’s 4K suite. Panasonic has made it easier to select the best shot from hundreds on a reel with Auto Marking, which highlights images that contain movement or faces. In addition, the in-camera Sequence Composition function allows a sequence of images to be shown within one shot – for example the trajectory of a motorbike jump, the arc of a diver leaving the board, or the movement of a dancer.
Other 4K capabilities include 4K Photo with 4K Pre-burst mode which shoots 30 frames per second before and after the shutter is released. Post Focus mode allows the user to choose the focal point of an image after the shot has been taken, while Focus Stacking combines focal points to achieve complete foreground to background focus.
For creative photography that’s reminiscent of classic black and white film, L.Monochrome and L.Monochrome D modes in Photo Style make it possible to shoot dynamic black and white photos with emphasised highlights and shadows, while keeping detail. The grain effect can be adjusted between High/Standard/Low for more creative shooting.
Bracketing modes available include focus, aperture, exposure and white balance bracketing. Focus bracketing allows the user to capture up to 999 shots at different focus points with just one shutter press – ideal for shooters who want maximum image quality and the ability to stack focus in post-production. With aperture bracketing, at a single press, photographers can quickly capture multiple shots at varying depth of field.
The camera has a battery life of around 440[ii] shots per charge, and the new eco 30 fps mode ensures that users can shoot up to around 430 images when using the LVF.
[i] DFD available for photo shooting only [ii] When using the rear monitor
Panasonic Australia has introduced the LUMIX TZ95 ‘Travel Zoom’ digital camera, designed to be a handy travel companion whether your journeys take you near or far.
The TZ95 boasts a versatile 30x optical zoom with powerful stabilisation built-in; and delivers impressive viewing and framing for every shot with a newly-designed 2.3 million-dot, 0.21-inch Live View Finder (LVF). This pocket-sized powerhouse also includes 4K Video and Photo for impressive creative images, and a flexible 180-degree tiltable rear monitor for selfie shots and group selfies.
Panasonic’s TZ Series 4K suite has been expanded on this new model. The in-camera Sequence Composition function allows a sequence of images to be shown within one shot – for example the acrobatics of a gymnast, or the trajectory of a dog leaping for a ball. In addition, Auto Marking makes it easier to select the best shot from hundreds on a reel, highlighting images that contain movement or faces.
Conveniently, photographers on the go can streamline sharing of images with smartphones, using Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy connection and Wi-Fi®. With an always-on connection, images can be geotagged, and your smartphone can be used as a remote control. The TZ95 can be charged on the go via USB cable direct to the camera, anywhere there is a USB power source.
The LUMIX TZ95 is priced at $699rrp and will be available in Australia in April 2019 from photographic specialists and consumer electronics retailers.
Never miss a shot
The TZ95 makes it easy to frame the subject in sharp focus. The new 0.21-inch 2,330K-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder) has a high magnification ratio of approximately 0.53x (35mm camera equivalent). The image output between the LVF and the rear monitor switches automatically using the eye sensor on the LVF.
The camera features a 30x zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-720mm). The wide zoom is coupled with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) to minimise blur, ensuring images are sharp and shake-free. Zoom Compose Assist also helps during telephoto shooting by zooming out if the photographer loses the subject. The 20MP high sensitivity MOS sensor captures the fine detail in every image.
The TZ95 uses DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology[i] to minimise focusing time, for a quick autofocus (AF) speed of around 0.1sec[ii]; supports high speed burst shooting at 10 fps (AFS) / 5 fps (AFC) to capture fast moving subjects in crisp detail; and allows more than 26 consecutive shots in RAW.
Designed for fun, creative shooting
The DC-TZ95 captures smooth 4K Video in 3840 x 2160 at 25p. For still shooting, 4K Photo with 4K Pre-burst mode shoots 30 frames per second before and after the shutter is released to capture the defining shot. The Post Focus feature, once set, allows you to choose the focal point of an image after it’s been taken. You can then use the touchscreen to select the exact area you want to focus on – ideal for macro shots of food. Focus Stacking allows the user to combine focal points to achieve complete foreground to background focus.
The camera has a large 3.0-inch 1040k-dot touch monitor that flips up 180 degrees for video blogs or selfies. In addition, Panorama Selfie mode takes advantage of the flip up screen to fit in large groups. Other fun to use features to enhance images include 22 creative filters from ‘High Dynamic’ to ‘Toy Effect’; and a range of Beauty Mode effects for retouching skin or makeup.
The camera has a battery life of around 380[iii] shots per charge, and the new eco 30 fps mode ensures that users can shoot up to around 340 images when using the LVF.
Following its development announcement at Photokina 2018, Panasonic is proud to introduce the full specifications of its much-anticipated LUMIX S1R and S1, its first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras to have a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor.
The new LUMIX S Series delivers class-leading image quality, design and ergonomics for demanding professionals; and offers an unequalled videography feature set. The LUMIX S1R and S1 will be available in Australia in April 2019.
The S Series features Leica Camera’s L-Mount, making it possible to use interchangeable lenses that meet the L-Mount specifications of Alliance partners, Leica Camera and Sigma. Panasonic is also offering three new S Series lenses at launch, with ten lenses to be announced by 2020.
Scott Mellish, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic, said:
“The S Series brings acclaimed LUMIX capabilities to full frame shooting. Impressive first-in-class features will expand the scope of the professional photographer – from Dual I.S 2 stabilisation to 187-megapixel High Resolution mode and Hybrid Log Gamma, multi-format dual memory card slots, and an OLED viewfinder with the world’s highest resolution.”
“This brand new system takes LUMIX deeper into the professional world, and will have strong appeal to wedding and event photographers as well as studio and commercial professionals; and in other photographic fields that value the highest image quality possible.”
The LUMIX S1R and S1 boast newly-developed 35mm format sensors that will satisfy the most exacting professional, with impressive low-light performance and high dynamic range. For the first time in a full-frame camera, Panasonic is able to offer Dual I.S. (Image Stabilisation) 2 with class-leading stabilisation up to 6 stops, enabling handheld shots in situations that would previously have required a tripod or gimbal.
And in another full-frame first, the cameras offer High Resolution Mode, up to 187-megapixels on the LUMIX S1R, allowing photographers in the landscape, architecture and product photography fields to create magnificent images and achieve highly detailed large-format prints. Panasonic has also introduced the innovative Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) Photo Mode, which produces vibrant, high dynamic range (HDR) images in HSP[i] format for playback on the latest HDR TVs, allowing photographers to show true-to-life versions of their work.
The S Series offers a combination of design and ergonomics that is second to none. The weather-sealed magnesium alloy frame is splash-resistant, dust-resistant and freeze-resistant down to -10 degrees Celsius. There are two high-speed memory card slots, one supporting UHS-II SD cards and the other supporting XQD (upgradeable to CFexpress in the near future). The class-leading Live View Finder offers the world’s highest resolution[ii] with a 5.7 million dot OLED display. The 2.1 million dot monitor has a triaxial tilt design for further shooting versatility, offering superb flexibility in a variety of situations, including high and low angle shooting and portraits.
The cameras are also designed for powerful video performance, recording smooth 4K 60p/50p[iii], and High Speed Video lets users record slow motion video in 4K (maximum 60 fps/50 fps) and FHD (maximum 180 fps /150 fps). Both models are compatible with an XLR microphone adaptor enabling professional audio equipment to be used.
The LUMIX S1 has a full sensor readout, capturing 4K 30p/25p/24p with no recording time limit. Furthermore, the S1 – via a software upgrade key available later in 2019 (to be sold separately) – will support 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 30p/25p internal video recording and 4K 60p/50p via HDMI output as well as the V-Log picture profile featured on Panasonic’s acclaimed Varicam products.
Image quality – CMOS Sensor, Dual I.S. 2, High Resolution and HLG Photo
The LUMIX S1R has a 47.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (36mm x 24mm), the highest resolution in its class[iv] and supports low-light shooting at up to ISO 25600 (extendable to ISO 51200). The LUMIX S1 comes with a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (35.6mm x 23.8mm) that provides a wide dynamic range and excellent performance, and supports low-light shooting at up to ISO 51200 (extendable to ISO 204800).
An AR coating on the sensor of the LUMIX S1R/S1 minimises ghosting and flare even in backlit conditions, enhancing the cameras’ performance when used with L-Mount lenses, such as the LUMIX S Series.
Panasonic’s Dual I.S. 2 technology combines 5-axis internal stabilisation with the optical image stabilisation in selected lenses[v], and can support up to 6 stops[vi] of image stabilisation – enabling shooting still subjects handheld at much slower shutter speeds and ISO values. This system precisely calculates shake information from the gyrosensor, image sensor and accelerometer sensor for highly accurate shake detection and compensation, in particular for low-frequency movement. In addition, the Status Scope function displays a pointer that provides a visual representation of the camera’s micro-movements, and allows the user to compensate – especially useful when the viewfinder or rear monitor blacks out during a long exposure.
The S Series also introduces High Resolution mode and HLG Photo mode to take full advantage of the high-resolution sensor’s exceptional ability to produce highly detailed, true to life images.
High Resolution mode will be welcomed by studio photographers who want to produce enormous billboard-sized prints without losing detail, utilising sensor shift technology. It captures and combines eight consecutive images in-camera for outstanding results – from reproducing the delicate colours of natural landscapes to intricate fine arts for archival images. It produces a 187-megapixel equivalent (16,736 x 11,168-pixel) RAW and/or JPEG image for the LUMIX S1R and a 96-megapixel equivalent (12,000 x 8,000-pixel) image for the LUMIX S1.
Photographers who want to take advantage of the latest display technologies will be excited about the newly-created HLG[vii] Photo feature, with a wider dynamic range that ensures more natural contrast. This format enables compatibility with HDR displays, preserving the brightest highlights and deepest shadows. The user can playback these vibrant images as HSP files on the latest Panasonic HLG-compliant 4KTV via HDMI cable connection or on other HLG-compliant devices. HLG Photos can be produced as an HSP file with compressed high-brightness signals in stunning 8K resolution on the S1R (7,680 x 4,320 in 16:9) or in full resolution on the S1 (5,888 x 3,312 in 16:9).
In addition to standard Automatic White Balance (AWB) mode for an accurately balanced image, if users have a preference for a warmer or cooler image, they can select either AWBw for rich, warm skin tones in portraits, or AWBc for cool urban streetscapes, while still retaining automatic white balance.
High-speed, high-precision AF system
Panasonic has achieved high-speed AF with its advanced control technology incorporating the major devices – lens, sensor and imaging engine. The lens and sensor communicate at a maximum 480 fps. Contrast AF with DFD technology allows the LUMIX S1R/S1 to achieve an ultra high-speed, high-precision AF of approximately 0.08 sec[viii]. The LUMIX S1R/S1 also boasts high speed burst shooting at 9 fps (AFS) or 6 fps (AFC). They excel in low-light shooting, with -6EV[ix] luminance detection performance in Low Light AF, thanks to the higher sensitivity and optimised tuning of the sensor.
The high-precision shutter unit operates at a maximum 1/8000 second. The external flash can be synchronised with the industry’s fastest shutter speed of a maximum 1/320 second[x].
Panasonic’s face/eye detection technology makes it possible to capture people in crisp focus, with the Eye AF capability detecting the pupil of the eye in precise focus for impressive portrait shooting. The S Series also incorporates Advanced AI Technology that detects specific subjects – humans and fast-moving animals. The camera keeps tracking these subjects even when they are not facing the camera.
Panasonic allows the photographer to make the most of these high-speed capabilities with 6K Photo[xi], recording a burst of 18-megapixel still images continuously at 30 fps. The camera also incorporates 4K Photo, capturing 60 fps in 8-megapixel resolution. In 6K/4K Photo, three modes can be selected depending on the situation: 6K/4K Burst, 6K/4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 6K/4K Pre-burst.
Industry-leading Live View Finder
The S Series’ LVF (Live View Finder) has been newly-designed to support ultra high-speed response, minimum distortion and high optical performance. The LVF boasts the world’s highest 5,760k-dot resolution[xii]. The high-speed OLED technology delivers a smooth 120 fps display, a minimum time lag of less than 0.005 sec and an exceptional 10,000:1 high contrast ratio. The 0.78x magnification ratio can be switched to 0.7x or 0.74x, an excellent feature for glasses-wearers who can adjust the magnification in order to see the full frame. For further operational ease, there is a 2,100K-dot triaxial tilt touch monitor, which can be used in conjunction with the viewfinder for Touch Pad AF, to set focus on any point in the field of view at a touch. A largest-in-class Status LCD on top of the camera allows settings to be checked at a glance.
Other useful LVF features include Live View Boost, which boosts sensitivity so the user can check compositions in the dark. Night Mode puts a red cast over the viewfinder and/or the LCD display. Red light does not affect the photographer’s vision when shooting night scenes, and does not disturb wildlife.
To be tough enough to withstand heavy field use, the camera structure is composed of a magnesium alloy full die-cast front/rear frame. Robust construction and a seal for every joint, dial, and button make the LUMIX S1R/S1 not only splash resistant[xiii] and dust resistant but also freeze resistant down to -10 degrees Celsius. The durable shutter unit will withstand around 400,000 releases.
The cameras have a firm grip, making them easy to hold for long periods. The control buttons and dials are ergonomically located to enable the user to concentrate on shooting. The adoption of an 8-directional joystick and refined UI (User Interface) also supports quick operation. In addition, illuminated buttons increase visibility in low-light situations. An operation lock lever prevents unintentional operation.
Field work is also streamlined with Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy connection and secure 5GHz Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11ac) providing convenient remote control and sharing with other devices, and fast data transmission. Lumix Sync is a new application for iOS/Android devices, which enables photo transmission to a smartphone or tablet via easy wireless connection. It also allows remote control of the camera using a smartphone or tablet.
The 7.4-V 3,050 mAh high-capacity battery can be quickly charged via USB PD (USB Power Delivery), using the bundled USB3.1 Type-C cable for high-speed data transfer. A variety of new accessories are available including Remote Shutter (DMW-RS2), Eyecup (DMW-EC6), Battery Grip (DMW-BGS1) and Battery Charger (DMW-BTC14). The Battery Charger also complies with USB PD and enables quick power charging in approximately two hours. The camera can be used while charging via the Battery Charger adaptor. The Panasonic External Flash (DMW-FL580L / FL360L / FL200L) can also be mounted on LUMIX S Series cameras.
Outstanding video recording performance in a full-frame camera
The LUMIX S Series features a host of professional video features, with both cameras capable of 4K 60p/50p[xiv] video recording[xv].
In addition, the LUMIX S1 realises full sensor readout in 4K 30p/25p /24p, which means that the user can record video in the original viewing angle of the lens. HDR video recording is also available using the HLG Photo Style. The camera records video with a designated gamma curve compatible with ITU-R BT.2100.
Both S Series Cameras also offer a number of features to support professional recording in the field. An HDMI Type A terminal is provided, with a cable lock holder for extra security. LINE input is supported by a 3.5-mm microphone jack. This makes it possible to input sounds from an external audio device, for more efficient video production. A 3.5-mm headphone jack is also available. Dedicated switches allow direct, quick control. MIC, LINE and CONDENSER MICROPHONES are switchable. The cameras are compatible with the DMW-XLR1E Microphone Adaptor, allowing professional microphones to be connected for best audio quality.
• In addition to the standard 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratios, the newly-developed 65:24 (Film Panorama) and 2:1 (6 x 12 cm) aspect ratios are now available for still shooting.
• Lumix Tether software enables tethered shooting. Users can control the camera by connecting it to a PC via USB. Images can be viewed on a large PC screen while shooting, which is helpful in commercial photoshoots of portraits, products and so on, where continuous confirmation is required. During tethered shooting, the user can start and stop video recording and use 6K Photo and 4K Photo.
LUMIX S Series pricing and availability:
The LUMIX S1R/S1 will be available in Australia in April 2019 from leading photographic specialists and consumer electronics retailers.
DC-S1GN-K – Body only: RRP $3599
DC-S1MKIT- Kit with LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R24105): RRP $5199
DC-S1RGN-K – Body only: RRP $5299
DC-S1RMKIT- Kit with LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R24105): RRP $6899
[i] “HSP” is an HDR picture format using HLG format video technology. [ii] As a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera, as of February 1, 2019. [iii] PAL area only [iv] As a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera, as of February 1, 2019. [v] 5-Axis Dual I.S.2 can be used with the lens S-R24105 and S-R70200 as of February 1, 2019. [vi] Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=200mm, when S-R70200 is used]. [vii] “HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)” is an international standard (ITU-R BT.2100) HDR format. [viii] 11EV, at wide-end with S-R24105 (CIPA) in LVF120 fps setting [ix] At ISO100, F1.4, AFS [x] The guide number decreases when the shutter speed is set to 1/320 of a second. As a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera, as of February 1, 2019. [xi] 6K PHOTO’ is a high speed burst shooting function that cuts a still image out of a 4:3 or 3:2 video footage with approx.18-megapixel (approx. 6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that the 6K image manages. [xii] As a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera, as of February 1, 2019. [xiii] Dust and Splash Resistant. To avoid damage when using camera under these conditions, it must be used in accordance with the associated instructions in the manual. [xiv] PAL area only [xv] Maximum 15 minutes in 4K60p and unlimited recording time in Full HD until the SD Memory Card becomes full or the battery runs out. [xvi] PAL area only
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. The LUMIX S Series has been designed to revolutionise the world of the professional photographer, with cameras and lenses that introduce new capabilities and convenience to the full-frame world.
New S Series Lenses
LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4 (S-X50)
A large-aperture fixed focal length lens that forms the core of the LUMIX S Series of lenses
LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. (S-R70200)
A telephoto zoom lens that features high resolution with stunning clarity across the entire zoom range
LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R24105)
A versatile standard zoom lens with macro shot capability covering wide-angle to medium telephoto
Panasonic is committed to designing and developing 10 or more lenses by 2020, with a focus on “LUMIX S PRO” lenses and further expanding the S Series lens line-up. All interchangeable lenses in the LUMIX S Series provide high performance. Furthermore, the “LUMIX S PRO” lenses boast the ultimate optical performance, certified by LEICA for clearing stringent LEICA standards.
In a full-frame first, the S-R70200 and S-R24105 lenses are compatible with LUMIX 5-Axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilisation) 2, which delivers powerful stabilisation when used with the new LUMIX S1R and S1. Dual I.S. 2 technology combines 5-axis internal stabilisation with the optical image stabilisation in selected lenses[i], and can support up to 6 stops[ii] of image stabilisation – enabling shooting still subjects handheld at much slower shutter speeds and ISO values.
All three new lenses feature a rugged dust/splash-resistant[iii] design to withstand use under harsh conditions down to temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius. They will be available in Australia from April 2019.
LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4 (S-X50)
The S-X50 is a large-aperture fixed focal length lens that delivers impressive optical performance and versatile capabilities with its 50mm focal length and F1.4 high speed. It is the reference-quality model for the most discerning photographer, and sets a new benchmark in image quality for a lens of its type.
A double focus system combining a linear motor and stepping motor achieves sensor drive at a maximum speed of 480 fps, and achieves fast, high-precision AF. 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.
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, as well as correcting astigmatism. The filter diameter of the lens is 77mm, with an 11-blade circular aperture diaphragm.
LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. (S-R70200)
This telephoto zoom lens provides high-resolution, high-contrast images across the entire zoom range. It is a staple in any pro photographer’s kit, offering versatility in a wide range of applications from portraits to sports. The LUMIX 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 system delivers powerful stabilisation performance to support handheld shooting at telephoto focal lengths.
A high-precision linear motor achieves sensor drive at a maximum speed of 480 fps for fast auto focusing, while a focus clutch mechanism enables instant AF/MF switching and accurate manual focusing. The lens also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing.
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. The filter diameter is 77mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.
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. Adding to its versatility, the lens also supports 0.5x macro shooting with a minimum focusing distance of 0.3m. The LUMIX 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 system delivers powerful stabilisation performance to support handheld shooting at telephoto focal lengths.
A high-precision linear motor achieves sensor drive at a maximum speed of 480 fps for fast auto focusing. The lens also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing.
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 filter diameter is 77mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.
Through the L-Mount Alliance, 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 L-Mount product portfolios. The Alliance will provide customers with a diverse and future-proof range of products.
The L-Mount advantages are a large inner diameter of 51.6 mm that enables the realisation of extremely fast lenses and 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 resistant to dust and moisture. The L-Mount thereby opens up an almost limitless spectrum of new creative possibilities.
Pricing and availability for the new lenses are as follows: Available from April 2019
LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4 (S-X50): $3599
LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. (S-R70200): $2499
LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R24105) RRP: $1899
[i] 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 can be used with the LUMIX S1R/S1 as of February 1, 2019. [ii] Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=200mm] when LUMIX S1R is used. [iii] Dust and Splash Resistant. To avoid damage when using lens under these conditions, it must be used in accordance with the associated instructions in the manual.