Panasonic recently found itself in the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. The company published a series of weird composites to promote its wearable speaker SoundSlayer. One of the images consists of a white man’s head on a black man’s body, with skin tone altered to match. And not surprisingly – it has sparked a lot of controversies.
As somebody who owns five Panasonic cameras specifically for shooting video, I’ve learned to never rely on the autofocus from any of them and just go manual focus pretty much full time. It’s a lesson that many Panasonic video shooters learn quite early on. For some reason, Panasonic just really never seems to bring it home when it comes to video autofocus. Even with their newer full-frame S models.
It’s something that Kasey at Camera Conspiracies has definitely noticed, and spoken about at length across multiple videos. And now he’s attempted to quantify the situation in this beautifully hilarious song. Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s called “The Panasonic Autofocus Song” and it’s interspersed with clips where Panasonic’s autofocus absolutely fails to do its job.
Well, it looks like the announcement wasn’t delayed, after all. Amazon just jumped the gun a little yesterday when they made the listing public early for a brief time. Now, though, it’s official. Panasonic has now officially announced the Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 ASPH lens for Micro Four Thirds.
According to Panasonic, this lens is “The world’s first telephoto zoom lens that achieves an open f/1.7 over the entire zoom range”, although, a field of view equivalent to 100mm on full-frame is kind of a short telephoto. Still, for things like weddings, events or portraits, it’s a great focal length range with a nice wide aperture.
Well, it looks like Panasonic might have also had an announcement originally planned for today, too – which was no doubt delayed for the same reason as Sony once somebody realised the significance of the date in Japan and China.
The reason it looks like this might have been the case is that Panasonic’s new 25-50mm f/1.7 lens popped up for pre-order on Amazon briefly today, complete with specs and a price, before an official announcement from Panasonic. And it seems to tally up with the recent leak.
Last week, the above image leaked of the upcoming Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 ASPH Micro Four Thirds lens, first mentioned during the Panasonic GH6 development announcement. Now, Nokishita (who else?) has leaked some of the specs for the new lens, which is expected to “probably” be announced sometime this week.
Whether or not we’ll actually hear an official announcement this week remains to be seen, but it certainly is an attractive looking lens. If the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH price of around $1,800 is anything to go by, though, it definitely won’t be cheap!
Panasonic has announced an upcoming firmware for the Panasonic S1 and S5 that brings full-frame 5.9K 12-Bit RAW over HDMI video capabilities to the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR. There is a slight caveat for S1 users, though. S1 users will need to have purchased the $200 DMW-SFU2 Upgrade Software Key to unlock the extra video features of the S1 – but aside from that, it’s a free update for those users.
Owners of the Panasonic S5 will not have to buy that software key and will just get the features as soon as the firmware becomes available – which is expected on July 12th and will become available on the Panasonic Lumix Global Customer Support Website.
The Panasonic GH5 Mark II is expected to see similar autofocus performance to Panasonic’s full-frame S series mirrorless cameras. This is welcome news to Panasonic Micro Four Thirds users frustrated with the GH5’s lack of autofocus performance. But to be able to take advantage of the new autofocus system, your lenses are going to need an update.
Panasonic has released a flurry of firmware updates for a dozen of their Lumix G and Leica DG lens lineup to make them compatible with the upcoming camera’s autofocus system and they’re available to download and update now for you to prepare.
Panasonic director, Yosuke Yamane, in a video posted to the Panasonic Lumix Video YouTube channel has amongst other things, explained the differences between the goals and target market for the Panasonic GH5 Mark II and the Panasonic GH6 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras.
The video was actually posted on May 26th, the day after the official launch, although it seems to have gone largely unnoticed. But it dives a little deeper into how the Panasonic GH5 as a product is diverging into what is essentially two separate product lines aimed at different types of user. Filmmakers and YouTubers.
It looks like Nikon isn’t the only one dropping long-overdue new glass today. Photos and bits of info have been leaked over the last few days and now, as expected, it’s Panasonic’s turn. Yup, today, Panasonic has officially announced their new Lumix S 50mm f/1.8 full-frame lens for L mount.
Coming in at around $450, this isn’t an inexpensive lens, given that it’s “just” a 50mm f/1.8 lens. With Canon & Sony still floating around at $200-250 for their 50mm f/1.8 mirrorless lenses, the new Panasonic lens sets expectations pretty high.
After yesterday’s image leak of the upcoming Panasonic Lumix S 50mm f/1.8, a couple more have been posted to Twitter by Nokishita. An announcement is expected in the next day or two, along with pre-orders. The actual release date, they say, is set for June 25th. The price is expected to be somewhere between 54,000 and 59,400 yen (~$492-542).