With the information that Panasonic has launched part detection autofocus to its Lumix digital camera line through the brand new full-frame S5II and S5IIX, it appears that evidently Lumix customers’ primary bugbear—unreliable autofocus efficiency—could lastly have been addressed. The event aligns Panasonic with all the largest gamers—Nikon, Canon and Sony—and bodes nicely for the way forward for underwater picture and video with Panasonic cameras.
As a part of the L-Mount Alliance with Leica and Sigma, Panasonic makes use of the L-mount for its full-frame cameras, and among the many three firms, there’s no shortage of lenses to choose from. For underwater shooters, Sigma provides essentially the most full lineup, together with the Sigma 14–24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art for broad angle and the 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Artwork. Whereas Leica provides the Tremendous-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35 f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. and Panasonic has the Lumix S PRO 16–35mm f/4 in addition to its new Lumix S 14–28mm f/4–5.6, neither firm provides a macro prime lens for full-frame cameras.
That could possibly be set to alter within the close to future with the announcement of Panasonic’s up to date S-series L-mount lens roadmap—see beneath. It will seem that one of many lenses might be a 100mm macro lens (the opposite being a roughly 28–200mm zoom lens). One would hope for an addition to Panasonic’s assortment of “PRO” lenses, which need to cross the stringent optical requirements set by Leica and are the one S-series lenses that carry “Licensed by Leica” on the barrel. Talking of Leica, we wouldn’t thoughts a full-frame macro from the German lens legends one fantastic day.