With the information that Panasonic has launched section detection autofocus to its Lumix digicam line through the brand new full-frame S5II and S5IIX, evidently Lumix customers’ fundamental bugbear—unreliable autofocus efficiency—might lastly have been addressed. The event aligns Panasonic with all the most important 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 corporations, there may be no shortage of lenses to choose from. For underwater shooters, Sigma provides probably the most full lineup, together with the Sigma 14–24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art for large 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 might be set to vary within the close to future with the announcement of Panasonic’s up to date S-series L-mount lens roadmap—see beneath. It might seem that one of many lenses shall 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 move 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 wonderful day.