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Panasonic Leica DG 25-50mm F1.7 sample gallery (DPReview TV)

11 Jul

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Chris and Jordan have spent a few days with a pre-production sample of the new Panasonic Leica DG 25-50mm F1.7 up in Canada. They’ve taken it out and about everywhere from the streets of downtown Calgary to more intimate social gatherings. Jordan loves this lens for video, but take a look at their collection of still images to find out why Chris recommends it for photography, too.

Check out Chris and Jordan’s sample images from the Panasonic Leica 25-50mm F1.7

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Hands-on with the new Panasonic Lumix S 50mm F1.8

05 Jun

Hands-on with the new Panasonic Lumix S 50mm F1.8

Panasonic’s new Lumix S 50mm F1.8 is a dust and splash-resistant lens for L-mount shooters, sporting a reasonably fast F1.8 maximum aperture. It’s the second of four budget-oriented, compact F1.8 primes (announced by Panasonic last September) to come to market, joining the Lumix S 85mm F1.8. All four of these primes are intended to share a similar design, weight, and footprint, while also appealing to both stills and video shooters alike.

Priced at $ 449 and available in July, the Lumix S 50mm F1.8 offers a lot of versatility at a reasonable price, whether you looking for a walk-around lens, something to shoot portraits with, or a combination of the two; you truly can’t go wrong with the 50mm focal length. Let’s take a closer look at this one.

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Size and weight

Weighing 300 g (10.6 oz) and 82 mm (3.2?) in length, the Lumix S 50mm F1.8 is considerably lighter and smaller than Panasonic’s Lumix S Pro 50mm F1.4, which weighs 955 g (2.1 lbs) and is 130mm (5.12″) in length.

It also weighs less than the Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN (325 g / 0.72 lbs), another recently-launched sub-$ 1000 prime for L-mount (and Sony E-mount). The Panasonic is however 17mm longer than the Sigma, but also 1/3rd-stop faster.

Paired with the hefty Panasonic S1R, you hardly notice the Lumix S 50mm is there. But it feels perfectly at home attached to the more modestly sized/weighted Panasonic S5.

Build quality

Panasonic says the Lumix S 50mm is both dust and weather resistant and the rubber ring around the lens mount is proof of that. There’s also a handful of internal gaskets around the sizable focus ring and front element. We’re also told it has been tested to perform in conditions down to -10°C (14°F).

While the body of the lens appears to be some sort of polycarbonate, the mount itself is constructed of metal. The focus ring is finished in a grippy rubber material and is well-damped. It takes about a half-turn of the ring to throw focus from the minimum distance of 0.45 m (17.7?) to infinity. Speaking of minimum focus, the maximum magnification for this lens is 0.14x.

For video shooters, focus breathing is impressively well-controlled. You can see a demonstration in our Lumix S 50mm F1.8 sample gallery, right here.

Optical construction and autofocus

The lens features a 9-bladed circular aperture, which, combined with highly polished internal elements, results in smooth, rounded bokeh, even when shooting at F1.8 And stopping the lens down a bit should also result in some decent-looking sunstars. The maximum aperture of this lens is F22.

Optical construction consists of nine elements in eight groups, including three aspherical elements, an ED (Extra Low Dispersion) element, and a UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) element. All that fancy glass should translate to high-resolution output and well-suppressed chromatic aberration.

Focus is internal, meaning there’s no increase in length during an AF rack. And the focus is driven by a linear motor, which results in snappy, silent AF acquisition. This should be a boon for stills and video shooters alike.

Initial image quality impressions

Looking at our pre-production sample gallery, we’re definitely seeing good resolving power and center sharpness from this lens, even wide open. That said, there’s some cross-frame weirdness apparent in our shots taken at infinity (which we’re hoping is just a pre-production lens issue). You’ll notice longitudinal CA in a handful of the samples, but lateral CA appears well controlled. There’s also noticeable vignetting wide open, but it’s gone by F2.8 (and easy enough to correct).

Control points and accessories

Aside from the focus ring (there’s no aperture ring), the only other control point is an AF/MF switch located on the side of the lens barrel, which has a nice click response and shouldn’t be easily bumped by accident.

Like the Lumix S 85mm F1.8, (and presumably the forthcoming Lumix S 24mm and 35mm F1.8s) the Lumix S 50mm offers a 67mm front filter thread. A plastic lens hood ships with the unit and attaches bayonet style.

The wrap

And that wraps up our tour of the new Lumix S 50mm F1.8. In all, it looks to be an affordable and capable option for L-mount shooters and a welcome addition to Panasonic’s full-frame lens family. We shot with a pre-production model, but very much look forward to getting in a final production unit and putting it through its paces, soon.

Until then, be sure to take a look through our full sample gallery, brush up on the details of the Lumix S 85mm F1.8, and keep your eyes peeled for the final two Lumix S F1.8 primes to launch in the near future.

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Panasonic Unveils the GH5 II, With Wireless Live Streaming and Improved IBIS

28 May

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Panasonic Lumix GH5 II released

Panasonic has announced its latest Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera: The Lumix GH5 II, an update to the much-loved GH5, which debuted back in 2017.

While the GH5 II retains many of the capabilities that made the GH5 such a praiseworthy camera, it also features several upgrades – particularly to its videography and streaming options, though also for action photography, low-light photography, and more.

Let’s take a closer look.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 II: What does it offer?

The Lumix GH5 II is a Micro Four Thirds camera combining significant photography and videography capabilities; as such, it should appeal to both enthusiast and professional hybrid shooters, though it can certainly perform well as a standalone photography or videography option.

Here are the key features that are identical (or nearly identical) to those on the GH5:

  • The GH5 II packs the same build as the GH5, including solid construction and weather resistance. The GH5 II is perfect for the outdoor photographer or videographer, though heavier than hobbyist alternatives.
  • The sensor is the 20 MP MFT technology used in the GH5, but Panasonic has added a new anti-reflective coating for better backlit shooting.
  • Like the GH5, the GH5 II features dual SD card slots, useful for professionals who require redundancy in their work.
  • 12 frames-per-second continuous shooting (in AF-S) and 9 frames-per-second continuous shooting (in AF-C) promise decent action performance.
  • The electronic viewfinder remains a respectable 3.68M dots.

And here’s what you get from the GH5 II over the GH5:

  • 10-bit 4:2:0 DCI 4K/60p; pre-installed V-Log L for improved dynamic range; simultaneous external 10-bit 4:2:2 4K and internal 10-bit 4:2:0 4K recording.
  • The GH5 II supports wireless live streaming. As Panasonic explains, with the GH5 II, “high-quality live streaming is possible with minimum equipment – only the camera and a smartphone are required…in either an indoor or outdoor environment.”
  • Improved autofocus performance. Panasonic claims that the GH5 II “features high-speed and high-precision AF” that “detects eyes and faces at a 2x faster recognition-cycle speed than the GH5.” The camera also packs “enhanced AF-C, which…enables users to keep tracking small or fast-moving subjects.”
  • An improved buffer for action photography (108+ RAWs, 999+ JPEGs).
  • 6.5 stops of in-body image stabilization versus the 5 stops of IBIS on the GH5 – a small but useful upgrade for low-light photography (and handheld videography).
  • (Slightly) increased resolution on the fully articulating touchscreen, though with a subtle decrease in size.

On the whole, upgrades for photographers are relatively minor. If you’re primarily a stills shooter, these enhancements probably won’t justify shelling out for the GH5 II over the GH5 (and you may be better off considering a different Panasonic camera).

But for hybrid shooters and videographers requiring top-notch recording and/or streaming capabilities, the GH5 II is certainly an appealing package.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 II: Price and release date

You can preorder the Panasonic Lumix GH5 II for a reasonable $ 1699 USD ($ 2299 when bundled with the Leica 12-60mm f/2.8-4 lens). Orders will begin shipping in late June.

So if the GH5 II’s new features appeal to you, I highly recommend you check it out (though you should also keep an eye out for news regarding the just-announced Lumix GH6).

Now over to you:

What do you think of the Panasonic Lumix GH5 II? Are you disappointed by the lack of upgrades? Or pleased by what the GH5 II does include? Would you consider buying it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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The Panasonic S1H and GH5 are the best cameras for videographers

26 Nov

You don’t need to spend a fortune to buy a camera that’s designed for videography. We took a look at the field and selected the Panasonic S1H and GH5 as the best cameras for serious videographers.

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DPReview TV: Battle of the 70-200mm F2.8 zooms (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic)

14 Nov

Who makes the best 70-200mm F2.8 zoom lens for full-frame? We tested the latest models to find out: the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM, Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200mm F2.8 VR S, Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS and the Panasonic Lumix S Pro 70-200 F2.8 O.I.S.

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  • Introduction
  • The competitors
  • Size and weight
  • Livin' La Bokeh LoCA
  • Autofocus
  • Sharpness
  • Video performance
  • Final rankings

Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 sample gallery

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Nikon Z 70-200mm F2.8 sample gallery

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Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 sample gallery

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Panasonic S Pro 70-200mm F2.8 sample gallery

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Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 sample gallery

08 Nov

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The Panasonic 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 is a compact zoom for L-mount cameras. It’s a great kit lens for those who like shooting wide and is well-suited for video work.

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Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8 initial sample gallery

05 Nov

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Panasonic’s latest lens addition to its full-frame lineup is the S 85mm F1.8. It’s weather resistant and weighs in at just 355g (12.5oz), and will sell for $ 600 in early 2021. We’ve been able to shoot with a pre-production version of the lens, just in time for some socially distanced fall portraits of friends – including the furry kind.

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Panasonic firmware shares more features across S1, S1R, S1H and S5

04 Nov

Panasonic has announced an extensive series of feature-enhancing firmware updates for its S1, S1R, S1H and S5 full-frame mirrorless cameras, along with the G100 Micro Four Thirds model. All five updates will become available on November 24, 2020.

The updates vary between models, often adding features and improvements from the other cameras. For example, the boost in AF performance for the S1H, S1R and S1 brings them inline with the performance of the S5. Meanwhile, the S1R, S1 and S5 gain the ability to specify shutter speed and gain (rather than shutter speed and ISO), an option originally reserved for the S1H.

Notable improvements include the S1R gaining 10-bit HLG capture and 4:2:2 10-bit output of 50p and 60p 4K footage over HDMI.

The S5 gains a series of DCI ‘cinema 4K’ (4096 x 2160) shooting modes. The S5 also gains the ability to stream Raw footage, which can be encoded as ProRes RAW using an Atomos external recorder. The S5 also gets Master Pedestal (black level) control and a Vector Scope display mode.

S1 users, in addition to the promise of firmware v1.6 in November, will gain a series of 12-bit Raw video output options, in a v2.0 update promised for 2021. This will also add the ability to explicitly control the Dual ISO behavior, along with a host of 10-bit internal capture modes which were previously only available on the S1H. This will include V-Log options for users who have bought the SFU2 Log upgrade.

Panasonic Announces Firmware Update Programs for the LUMIX S1H, S1R, S1, S5 and LUMIX G100 and Further Upgrades for the LUMIX S1 with a Future Firmware Update

Newark, NJ (November 4, 2020) – Panasonic is proud to announce the release of
firmware update programs for DC-S1H (Ver.2.2), S1R (Ver.1.6), S1 (Ver.1.6) and S5
(Ver.2.0) for the LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras and for DC-G100 (Ver.1.1)
LUMIX G Series MFT(Micro Four Thirds) mirrorless camera on November 24, 2020.
Panasonic is also pleased to announce the future firmware update exclusively for
S1(Ver.2.0) to further enhance the functions and performance in the first half of 2021.

  1. Firmware Update Programs to be released on 24 November 2020
    DC-S1H Firmware Version 2.2 DC-S1R Firmware Version 1.6
    DC-S1 Firmware Version 1.6 DC-S5 Firmware Version 2.0

    • Improved AF performance S1H S1R S1
      LUMIX’s state-of-the-art AF technology and performance of the new LUMIX S5 will also be available on the S1R, S1H and S1. The upgraded AF notably excels in detection of human and its movement. In addition to the eye, face, body the head is also separately recognized by real-time detection technology to provide even more precise focusing. The camera keeps tracking the subject person even if he/she moves quickly, turns his/her back to the camera, tilts his/her head or moves far away from the camera. In addition, improvements to the DFD technology has enhanced AFC, which also enables users to keep tracking small or fast-moving subjects to capture them in crisp focus. Users can take these advantages in both still and video recording.
    • Human/Animal recognition can be set ON or OFF when the AF mode is set to [1-Area] or [1-Area+]. S1H S1R S1 S5
    • [AF+MF] can be used during video recording S1H S1R S1 S5
    • Recognition performance during video recording in V-Log has been improved. S1H S1 S5
    • [SS/Gain Operation] function has been added. S1R S1 S5
    • [Red REC Frame Indicator] is available. S1R S1
    • It is possible to play back vertical videos vertically. S1H S1R S1
    • 4K video files can be transferred to a smartphone via Wi-Fi. S1H S1R S1
    • [Horizontal Image Flip(Monitor)] / [Vertical Image Flip(Monitor)] enables to reverse or not to reverse the monitor image when the free-angle monitor is rotated. S1H S5
    • 5K (4992×3744) video recording in MOV is available. S1R
    • C4K (4096×2160) MOV can be recorded. S5

      5K 30p/25p/24p 4:2:0 10-bit LongGOP 200Mbps LPCM
    • [Like 2100(HLG)] has been added in [Photo Style] to support 10-bit HDR video recording. S1R
    • High-Resolution audio recording using an XLR Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1 is available and it can be controlled with [XLR Mic Adaptor Setting] menu. *MOV only S1R
    • [Luminance Level] function supports the 10-bit mode. S1R
    • 4K 60P/50P 4:2:2 10-bit video output over HDMI has been supported. S1R

      C4K 60p/50p 4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP 150Mbps LPCM
      C4K 30p/25p/24p 4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP 150Mbps LPCM
      C4K 30p/25p/24p 4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP 100Mbps LPCM
    • RAW Video Data output over HDMI has been supported. S5
      [5.9K] / [4K] / [Anamorphic (4:3) 3.5K] 12-bit RAW Video Data can be output over HDMI.
      The Apple ProRes RAW can be recorded on Atomos NINJA V.
      *All functions may not be available depending on the situation.
      *Software that supports Apple ProRes RAW is required to edit RAW video recorded with NINJA V.
      *Apply the LUT(Look up table) available on the following customer supports site to make the same color grading as V-Log/V-Gamut. ???
    • It is possible to display a Vector Scope. S5
    • [Master Pedestal Level] function has been added. S5
    • [L.ClassicNeo] and [L.Monochrome S] have been added to Photo Style. S5

    DC-G100 Firmware Version 1.1

    • The camera will be compatible with LUMIX Webcam Software (Beta).
    • [Horizontal Image Flip(Monitor)] / [Vertical Image Flip(Monitor)] enables to reverse or not to reverse the monitor image when the free-angle monitor is rotated.

  2. Firmware Update Program to be released in the first half of 2021 DC-S1 Firmware Version 2.0
    To meet the demands of users, the LUMIX S1 will continue to evolve. [5.9K] / [4K] /
    [Anamorphic (4:3) 3.5K] 12-bit RAW video data can be output over HDMI, thus, the RAW video data can be recorded on Atomos Ninja V*1 *2 . Also, 5.9K/C4K internal video recording, 4K60p/50p 4:2:0 10bit recording as well as Anamorphic mode and Timecode will also be available*2 . The firmware itself enables manual setting of Dual Native ISO.

*1 5.9K (5888×3312) 29.97p/25p, 4K (4128×2176) 59.94p/50p, Anamorphic 3.5K (3536×2656) /50p.
*2 To activate functions related to MOV and V-Log video recording, a Software Upgrade Key DMW-SFU2 (sold separately) is required. Users who already have DMW-SFU2 do not need to purchase extra DMW-SFU2.

Panasonic further addresses technology development and its achievement shall be applied not only to the new products but also to those already released via firmware update.

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Panasonic announces compact Lumix S 85mm F1.8 prime for L-mount

04 Nov

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Panasonic has announced the Lumix S 85mm F1.8 for L-mount. This compact lens has nine elements, two of which are ED glass that help control chromatic aberration, along with a nine-blade aperture for circular out-of-focus highlights. It has a minimum focus distance of 0.8m (2.6ft) and a maximum magnification of 0.13x.

The 85mm F1.8 is just 82mm (3.2″) long and weighs in at 355g (12.5oz). The lens is dust and moisture-resistant and Panasonic claims that it can function down to -10°C/+14°F. It’s designed to have the same size and control placement as Panasonic’s other upcoming L-mount primes (24/35/50mm), for easier use with things like gimbals.

The Lumix S 85mm F1.8 will be available in January for $ 599.

Press release:

A New F1.8 Large-Aperture Fixed Focal Length Lens for the LUMIX S Series

Compact, Lightweight Medium-Telephoto LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 (S-S85)

Newark, NJ (November 4, 2020) – Panasonic is pleased to introduce a new large-aperture medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens, the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 (S-S85) that enhances portrait photography with its beautiful bokeh effect. Based on the L-Mount system for the LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless camera, Panasonic is going to release four F1.8 large-aperture lenses as previously announced, and this 85mm F1.8 is the first one. These four F1.8 lenses feature common size and position of control parts to provide practical advantage in use, for example, when the camera is on a gimbal, it is easy to exchange lenses quickly with minimum adjustment of connected gears. Filters can also be used in common thanks to the same diameter. Boasting high mobility realized by its compact size and light weight, the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 is also suitable for stills.

Comprising 9 elements in 8 groups, the use of 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppresses both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Panasonic S series lenses even pursue the beauty of bokeh and the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 provides smooth defocus gradation from the focus peak to the neighboring area of the image as well as smooth, round bokeh of point light source without vignetting. The LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, which was a critical problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for still image photography.

With its compact size and approximately 355g weight, the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 features stunning mobility. The rugged dust/splash-resistant* design withstands use under harsh conditions even at 10 degrees below zero for high mobility. The filter diameter is 67 mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

In addition to the four F1.8 large-aperture lenses, A 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens is also under development to further enhance LUMIX S Series lens lineup. Panasonic and L-Mount system alliance are committed to the development of L-Mount lenses for the further expansion of its lineup to fulfill the needs of customers.

* Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.

Panasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.8 specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 85 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount L-Mount
Maximum aperture F1.8
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Elements 9
Groups 8
Special elements / coatings 2 ED elements
Minimum focus 0.80 m (31.5)
Maximum magnification 0.13×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Linear Motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Weight 355 g (0.78 lb)
Diameter 74 mm (2.91)
Length 82 mm (3.23)
Materials Magnesium alloy
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Filter thread 67 mm
Hood supplied Yes

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LIVE NOW: DPReview TV coverage of the Panasonic BGH1 launch

13 Oct

The Panasonic Lumix DC-BGH1 is a highly modular camera, aimed at videographers, and built around a 10.2MP Live MOS sensor.

Starting at 8:45am PT/11:45am ET/15:45 GMT, join our DPReview livestream on YouTube to learn more about Panasonic’s latest camera. Chris and Jordan will talk about the BGH1, cover Panasonic’s own livestream, and answer questions from viewers.

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