Panasonic Adds New LUMIX Lenses and a firmware update

Panasonic has introduced two new interchangeable lenses based on the L-Mount system for the LUMIX S Series Full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera range. Focusing on professional users, the LUMIX S Series pursues uncompromising photographic expression with its high-quality cameras and lenses.

The LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F2.8 O.I.S. (S-E70200) is a large-aperture telephoto zoom lens that boasts excellent performance across the entire zoom range. The LUMIX S PRO 16-35mm F4 (S-R1635) is a versatile wide zoom lens that provides high resolution and a beautiful bokeh in a compact, light-weight profile.

The new lenses feature a rugged dust/splash-resistant design to withstand use under harsh conditions down to temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius[i]. The optical performance of these LUMIX S PRO lenses meets stringent LEICA standards.

Scott Mellish, Senior Product Marketing Manager, LUMIX, said: “The addition of these new lenses brings the LUMIX stable to 6 L-Mount lenses, with a total of 23 now announced from Panasonic and partners.  Today’s new models are highly desirable staple lenses for professionals.  The 70-200mm covers the gamut from professional portraits to sports and wildlife, while the 16-35mm is excellent for capturing landscapes and architecture. Offering exceptional quality, these new additions round out the S Series system, providing greater versatility and appeal for a wider range of photographers.”

The new lenses will be available in Australia in January 2020 from photographic specialist retailers.

• S-E70200 RRP: $4299
• S-R1635   RRP: $2499

LUMIX S PRO/S Lens Lineup as of November 2019

LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4 (S-X50) [NEW] LUMIX S PRO 16-35mm F4 (S-R1635) LUMIX S PRO 24-70mm F2.8 (S-E2470) LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R24105) [NEW] LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F2.8 O.I.S. (S-E70200) LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. (S-R70200)

Panasonic is committed to designing and developing 11 or more lenses with the emphasis on “LUMIX S PRO” lenses by March 2021 and further expanding the S Series lens lineup. Currently a total of more than 46 interchangeable L-Mount lenses will be available by 2020 from Panasonic, Leica Camera AG and Sigma. The L-Mount thereby opens up an almost limitless spectrum of new creative possibilities.

LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F2.8 O.I.S. (S-E70200)

The LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F2.8 O.I.S. (S-E70200) is a large-aperture telephoto zoom lens designed and developed for professional field shooting.

Comprising 22 elements in 17 groups, the use of 2 UED (Ultra Extra-low Dispersion) lenses, 3 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses and optimum alignment effectively suppresses both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Astigmatism is also corrected with an aspherical lens, achieving high resolving performance. Adoption of a double focus system suppresses fluctuation of aberration even at close distances, which results in high performance from the center to the corners over the entire zoom range despite the large aperture. The filter size is 82 mm, with an 11-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

The use of a Teleconverter allows maximum 280mm (1.4x, with DMW-STC14) and 400mm (2x, with DMW-STC20) super telephoto shooting[ii], with maximum 480 fps focus control for high-speed, high-precision auto focus. The O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) in the lens complies with the camera’s Body I.S. and the 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2[iii] makes it possible to use an impressive 7-stop slower shutter speed[iv]. Adoption of a focus clutch mechanism enables instant AF/MF switching and accurate manual focusing.

The constant F2.8 large aperture provides smooth defocus gradation from the focus peak to the neighboring area of the image to achieve a beautiful bokeh effect as well as a rich perspective. The LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F2.8 O.I.S. also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing.

LUMIX S PRO 16-35mm F4 (S-R1635)

The LUMIX S PRO 16-35mm F4 (S-R1635) is a versatile wide zoom lens that provides high resolution images despite its compact, lightweight profile.  It boasts outstanding performance in both photo shooting and video recording.

Comprising 12 elements in 9 groups, the use of 3 aspherical lenses, an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens and a UHR (Ultra-High Refractive Index) lens and the optimum alignment achieves high MTF performance despite its compact size and light weight. The lens boasts stunningly high resolution toward the corners even wide open as well as a beautiful bokeh, suppressing double line bokeh and vignetting. The filter size is 77 mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

For the AF actuator, a double-magnet linear motor is integrated. It features high power despite its small size, achieving a maximum 480 fps high-speed sensor drive. This realizes fast, high-precision AF to ensure that photo opportunities are never missed. Adoption of a focus clutch mechanism enables instant AF/MF switching and accurate manual focusing. The LUMIX S PRO 16-35mm F4 also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing.

For further information, please visit www.panasonic.com.au


[i] 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.

[ii] Use of the tele converter reduces the effective aperture by one f/stop (DMW-STC14) or two f/stops DMW-STC20)

[iii] 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 can be used with the camera LUMIX S1R, S1 and S1H, as of November 6, 2019.

[iv] Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=200mm, when LUMIX S1R/S1/S1His used.]

・L-Mount is a trademark or registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.

・Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Firmware Update

Panasonic has announced that the company will release firmware update programs for the LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras S1R/S1 (S Series), GH5/GH5S/G9 (G Series) and application software to enhance functions and usability. All programs will be available at the LUMIX Global Customer Support website https://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/ on 19 November, 2019.

Scott Mellish, Senior Product Marketing Manager, LUMIX, said: “These firmware updates introduce new functionality for the S Series and G Series.  The S Series benefits from gaining the heavily requested feature of manual exposure control when shooting high speed video at up to 180 frames per second. In addition, the XQD slot is now compatible with the brand new CF Express format.”

“Panasonic also continues to focus on the flagship G Series range with new and desirable capabilities.  The popular G9 gets a major update, enabling the video functionality that LUMIX cameras are famous for, with 10-bit 4:2:2 recording and compatibility with the DMW-SFU1 V-Log-L upgrade. We’re sure our customers will love this powerful functionality added to their existing cameras.”

The cameras and major programs to be updated are as follows.

LUMIX Full-frame Mirrorless Camera

S1R Firmware Version 1.3 / S1 Firmware Version 1.3

1. Expanded media compatibility S1 S1R

・CFexpress Type B card can be used. A CFexpress Type B card boasts a theoretical performance of a maximum 2,000 Mbps. Realising an approximately 300% higher transfer speed than that of a conventional XQD card, it supports large-volume photos and videos.

2. Expanded compatibility with Profoto wireless transmitters S1 S1R

・Profoto wireless transmitters “Air Remote TTL-O/P” and “Profoto Connect-O/P” can be used, enabling wireless connection and control of external strobes for professional shooting.

* All functions may not be available depending on the situation.

3. Improved compatibility with Sigma interchangeable lenses and mount converter S1 S1R

・It is possible to assign functions to the Fn buttons of Sigma L-Mount interchangeable lenses.

・The performance of Body I.S. (Image Stabiliser) when attaching a lens using the Sigma MC-21 mount converter has been enhanced. It suppresses roll movement.

4. Improved compatibility with Panasonic interchangeable lenses S1 S1R

・It is possible to assign functions to the lens Fn buttons when the Panasonic LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F2.8 O.I.S. (S-E70200) is mounted.

5. Improved AF performance S1 S1R

・[AF+MF] can be used in AFC mode.

・It is possible to set continuous AF on the live view screen in Creative Video mode or in other video recording modes when the video recording area is displayed.

6. Improved performance of High-Speed Video S1 S1R

・It is possible to manually set the exposure according to the video exposure mode (P/A/S/M) in High- Speed Video mode.

7. Other major improvements*

S1 S1R

・It is possible to select the card slot to save the JPEG images developed by in-camera RAW processing.

・A Fn button can be used for checking the aperture effect while the button is pressed.

・Disabling any physical operation can be assigned to an Fn button.

・AF Assist Light has been added to the Focus tab of the Video menu.

・The luminance level of photos (including 6K/4K Photo and Post Focus images) can be set when playing back them over HDMI output.

・AE can be locked with the [AF/AE LOCK] button when ISO Auto is set in M mode.

S1

・There were cases where a blue clipping effect occurred in V-Log recording. This problem has been improved.

・There were cases where afterimages occurred in V-Log recording. This problem has been improved.

*For more details of the update program, please refer to the firmware update information page of each model to be available on November 19, 2019.

LUMIX Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera

GH5 Firmware Version 2.6 / GH5S Firmware Version 1.4 / G9 Firmware Version 2.0

1. Expanded compatibility with Profoto wireless transmitters GH5 GH5S G9

・Profoto wireless transmitters “Air Remote TTL-O/P” and “Profoto Connect-O/P” can be used.

* All functions may not be available depending on the situation.

2. Improved AF performance

GH5S G9

・[Animal Detect.] has been added to AF mode. Utilizing Advanced AI Technology, animals, can be detected in addition to humans. The focus frame is automatically set on the target subject by analysing the size and position of the target subject in the viewing image. The camera keeps tracking these subjects even when they are not facing the camera.

・It is possible to switch the subject to focus on by pressing the joystick in [Face/Eye/Body/Animal Detect.] mode.

GH5 GH5S G9

・[AF-ON: Near Shift] and [AF-ON: Far Shift] functions have been added. [AF-ON: Near Shift] preferably focuses on a subject nearby while [AF-ON: Far Shift] preferably focuses on a subject far away.

・A Focus Peaking function is available not only in MF mode but also in any AF mode.

・It is possible to set continuous AF on the live view screen in Creative Video mode or in other video recording modes when the video recording area is displayed.

3. Enhanced video functions G9

・4K 30p/25p 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording is supported.

・4K 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output is supported.

・Luminance level for 10-bit video is supported.

・VFR (Variable Frame Rate) shooting is supported (FHD 2-180 fps/4K 2-60 fps).

・HDR video recording is supported.

・V-Log L recording and Waveform Monitor (WFM) are available with the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1(sold separately).

4. Other major improvements*

GH5 GH5S G9

・[AWBw]has been added to WB mode.

・[Highlight Weighted] has been added to [Metering mode].

・[Exposure Offset Adjust.] has been added to the Custom menu, which enables adjustment of the standard exposure value for all metering modes.

・[0.5SEC] has been added for an option of [Duration Time (photo)] in [Auto Review].

・AE can be locked with the [AF/AE LOCK] button when ISO Auto is set in M mode.

・[MODE1] has been added to the Live View Boost function, which increases the frame rate for smooth image displays to enable easier manual focusing.

G9

・[MODE2] has been added to High Resolution mode, which reduced subject’s motion blur.

*For more details of the update program, please refer to the firmware update information page of each model to be available on November 19, 2019.

LUMIX Sync Ver1.0.4

・Wireless connection(operation) with GH5/GH5S/G9 is supported.

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