Rumours are circulating that Panasonic are to announce something L mount related tomorrow. Will it be an S5R?, S1HII? Or something else?
Additionally, it could have a dual-motor architecture, to give high-speed AF like Panny's 70-200s, as well as Sigma's 60-600. Current 100-400 does not have that.If these are just rebranded Sigma lenses then that would be extremely underwhelming. However there is potential for something cool here. A 28-70 pancake zoom could be a kit lens for a new smaller body style (rf?) that many are asking for. It could also be an f2 zoom halo product. Either could be very interesting.
The 100-400 would likely have weather sealing and work great with Panasonic's Dual IS, things the Sigma can't do very well. They could also make this one a half macro lens like some of their other zooms, which would be much closer focusing than the Sigma, or even any other 100-400 competition. Sharpness could likely be improved as well, as reports I've seen indicate that the Sigma is just ok in this regard when extended.
I think there is potential here for cool additions to the lineup either way. Many of the Lumix S lenses seem to be basic offerings at first but them turn out to offer very unique features (1:2 macro, weather sealing, video optimization, etc) that similar lenses for other systems don't have, which I think is a real value add.
I don't think it will be a rebranded Sigma 28-70/2.8. I even don't think a rebranded Sigma 28-70 would be a more high-end kit than the 20-60. As I have both, I would definitely not say, the Sigma is better than the Lumix. There are equal with different strengths and weaknesses. The kit for more high-end models would be the 24-105/4 or the 24-70/2.8.There is a new roadmap with 2 new lenses, something between 28-70 and 100-400.
I think it will be the Sigma 2.8/28-70 to get a better kit then the 20-60 for a higher end model.
But if the 100-400 is the next version of the sigma after the Leica version, that will be a little bit frustrating…
Does anyone have a link to what was announced? I only see the pre-existing lens roadmap that shows the two items added in January (100mm macro and 28-200ish super-zoom).
I like the idea of an pancake 28-70 for a rangefinder style body. I had the GX7 in my MFT equipment some years ago, and I liked it a lot for traveling. A body in smaller size would be a nice addition.I don't think it will be a rebranded Sigma 28-70/2.8. I even don't think a rebranded Sigma 28-70 would be a more high-end kit than the 20-60. As I have both, I would definitely not say, the Sigma is better than the Lumix. There are equal with different strengths and weaknesses. The kit for more high-end models would be the 24-105/4 or the 24-70/2.8.
That said, I think it will be a pancake zoom, a 28-70/3.5-5.6, as kti for a smaller range finder body that will come along with the lens. Or maybe a 28-70/2 like somebody else said.
The red line for the Telezoom looks definitely more like a 100-500.
However. The roadmap was never 100% exactly about focal length. It could also be a updated 24-70/2.8 and a 100-400 or a 100-600. Also we didn't get every lens on the roadmap. A while ago, there was a bright aperture ultra wide zoom, a 16-35/2.8 or something similar, on the roadmap. It disappeared and we got the 14-28 instead.
I can read Chinese and yes it says "Large aperture standard zoom lens". But whether it's f2 or f2.8 it's up for speculation.Edit: Peta-Pixel say the standard zoom is "large aperture" so that excludes the cheaper kit lens option.
Thanks for sharing and translating. Does the blue super zoom of 28-200mm say anything about Macro like the 14-28, 24-105, or 70-300?I can read Chinese and yes it says "Large aperture standard zoom lens". But whether it's f2 or f2.8 it's up for speculation.
Personally I don't think it will be a f2 standard zoom, a f2 standard zoom lens like the Canon will definitely be placed on the PRO category of lenses on the top, I think a 2.8 will be more likely.
As for the super telephoto. The Chinese words translates to "Super telephoto zoom lens", there's no mention of aperture in the super telephoto lens.
As for the range of the super telephoto lens, I think it's a 100-500mm instead of a 100-400mm as reported, here's a higher resolution photo of the roadmap captured from Xiaohongshu (Chinese Instagram):
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Nope. The literal translation is "Wide angle to telephoto zoom lens". So yeah it's just a superzoom, no mention of macro or aperture. Though I won't be too surprised if it indeed has some macro capabilities when it's released.Thanks for sharing and translating. Does the blue super zoom of 28-200mm say anything about Macro like the 14-28, 24-105, or 70-300?
I also can't imagine, that Panasonic will release rebranded Sigma lenses. But the main reason for me is, Panasonic has some different claims for it's S lenses. Panasonic uses very fast linear focusing motors and optimise there lenses for less focus breathing for the video guy's. Two things the Sigma 28-70 doesn't offer.I do not think we will ever see Sigma zooms rebranded as Panasonic, for the simple reason that the zoom rings on Sigma lenses operete backwards from those on Panasonic lenses. That would be very odd for Panasonic-branded lenses to be inconsistent in that fashion (and, frankly, embarrassing for Panasonic).
Of course, I could be proven wrong, or they could decide the work required to change the zoom direction is better than not having that particular lens branded as "Panasonic," but that seems doubtful to me.
We shall see.