Panasonic has just announced Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6, a zoom lens designed for full frame L-mount cameras. With it zoom range and close focusing distance it will have you covered in all sorts of shooting situations. And with its relatively low price, it could be a perfect choice as the first lens you’ll ever buy.
Micro Four Thirds occupies a strange part of the photographic world. You’ve got people who’ll never consider it purely because of the size of the sensor, regardless of what it might be able to do, and then you’ve got the other extreme that is ridiculously loyal to the format, regardless of whether they’re shooting Panasonic or Olympus.
Recently, Panasonic announced that the Panasonic S1H mirrorless camera would receive a new firmware update on May 25th that would, amongst other things, add support for RAW over HDMI so that you could record 4K ProRes RAW to the Atomos Ninja V recorder. Well, it’s May 25th, the new firmware has dropped, but you can’t shoot ProRes RAW yet.
Panasonic and Atomos have released a joint statement stating that an “unforeseen technical issue” during the final round of beta testing requires a little more work. A release date for the updated update which includes ProRes RAW support will be released at a future unspecified day, at which point the new Atomos Ninja V AtomOS will be released, too.
As we all know, all spring events were cancelled this year. Fall looks promising though, and IBC in Amsterdam remains scheduled for September. However, Panasonic has announced that they won’t exhibit at this year’s show, and the reason seems to be the coronavirus fear.
It feels like the Panasonic GH5 has been out forever but it’s actually only been three years, having been released in March 2017. Camera technology, particularly when it comes to video, has come a long way in those three short years though. The GH5 is starting to feel a little left behind, especially with Panasonic’s focus on their full-frame mirrorless video offering.
Promising to not give up on Micro Four Thirds, however, it seems Panasonic is sticking to their word. According to a report on TechRadar and a post in a Spanish Panasonic and Olympus Users group on Facebook, the GH6 may be announced in either August or September of 2020.
Panasonic recently announced that the new firmware to add ProRes RAW support to the Panasonic S1H mirrorless camera is coming on May 25th. They’ve now posted a teaser video for an upcoming film showing off some of the footage shot using the S1H with an early version of the new 2.0 firmware.
In what is a surprise move amongst the recent trend of paid upgrades for cameras to add more video capabilities, Panasonic has announced that the new firmware update for the Panasonic S1H mirrorless camera, which adds ProRes RAW support over HDMI, will be released completely free of charge. And it’s coming next month, on May 25th.
Along with new RAW output support, comes enhanced functionality for video, autofocus and various other features as well as general improvements and boosted performance.
French website Phototrend appears to be going all out in the Micro Four Thirds corner lately. After recently talking to the folks at Olympus about their plans, they’ve also been speaking to Panasonic’s Director of Imaging Business Division, Yosuke, Yamane, about their plans for the format, too.
It’s been a while since we’ve really heard anything new from Panasonic about the Micro Four Thirds system since they announced the L Mount Alliance with Leica and Sigma at Photokina 2018. But Mr Yamane says that Panasonic is still committed to the Micro Four Thirds system.
Fotodiox has announced their new EF-L Fusion Smart AF adapter for Canon EF lenses to let you mount them to most L mount bodies. It guarantees infinity focus, full electronic communication and seems to offer full autofocus, aperture control and image stabilisation (with compatible lenses).
The EF-L Fusion Smart AF adapter is compatible with both full-frame EF lenses, as well as the APS-C EF-S lenses. Of course, you obviously won’t get full-frame coverage with crop lenses. It features all-metal construction, for what Fotodiox claim is a precise fit with “no play, gap or wiggling”.
Panasonic has released a new roadmap for their Lumix S L Mount lenses. It shows six new lenses coming in 2021 (updating the info on lenses on the previous roadmap) and one of them – the 100mm f/2.8 macro – appears to have actually been removed from the list entirely since the previous roadmap.