Leica SL Firmware 3.4 Makes SL Compatible with Panasonic Glass

Leica announced their first L-Mount alliance firmware today and it adds support for Panasonic L-Mount glass. You can read the details below and download the update here.

Firmware Update 3.4
Easy Connect • New QR code for one-step easy pairing of smartphone and camera.
• Fixed WLAN name and password, no submenus for setting name and password.
• No submenus for setting a connection mode, e.g. Create WLAN or Join WLAN.
Compatibility with upcoming lenses from L-Mount Alliance partners • Body-lens communication standard extended for compatibility with upcoming L-Mount lenses.
• Additional menu for updating the lens-firmware of upcoming lenses from L-Mount Alliance partners via SL camera body.
• Compatibility with upcoming L-Mount lenses, that are equipped with an AF/MF switch on the lens barrel. In this case the lens switch is the master for AF/MF mode.
• Compatibility with upcoming L-Mount lenses, that are equipped with an OIS mode switch on the lens barrel. In this case the lens switch is the master for OIS mode.
Bugfix • In some cases the VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 24-90 f/2.8-4 ASPH. did show front focus issues. Lens Firmware 1.1 does solve this issue.


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Leica SL: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Panasonic S1: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic S1R: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 S: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic 24-105mm f/4.0 S: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic 70-200mm f/4.0 S: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Apotelyt Panasonic S1/S1R vs Canon RP Comparison: Impressively Small

Apotelyt added the Canon RP to their comparison tool and it is very compact. Canon is offering an amazing value with the Canon RP and it might just convince some to stick with Canon. Panasonic doesn’t really have a full frame camera read to compete with the Canon RP, but the Panasonic S1 is the closest. You can see the comparison at Apotelyt and the advantages from Apotelyt are below.

Advantages of the Canon EOS RP:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (26.2 vs 24MP) with a 5% higher linear resolution.
  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better video autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident movie autofocus.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • More compact: Is smaller (133x85mm vs 149x110mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 532g or 52 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (36 percent cheaper at launch).

Reasons to prefer the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor’s full resolution potential.
  • High quality composites: Can combine several shots after pixel-shifting its sensor.
  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (4K/60p versus 4K/30p).
  • More detailed viewfinder: Has higher resolution electronic viewfinder (5760k vs 2360k dots).
  • Easier setting verification: Features a control panel on top to check shooting parameters.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.2″ vs 3.0″) for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (2100k vs 1040k dots).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (9 vs 5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Better sealing: Is splash and dust sealed for shooting in inclement weather conditions.
  • More solid recording: Has a full-sized HDMI port for a sturdy connection to an external recorder.
  • Better studio light control: Has a PC Sync socket to connect to professional strobe lights.
  • Greater peace of mind: Features a second card slot as a backup in case of memory card failure.

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Panasonic S1: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic S1R: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 S: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic 24-105mm f/4.0 S: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic 70-200mm f/4.0 S: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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LUMIX Pro Service Now Available

Panasonic launched their Pro Service and you can sign up here. To be eligible you must meet the following requirements:

Lumix PRO Services is designed for professionals.
The following are the ownership prerequisites for membership:

2 current Lumix Professional Camera Bodies
(G85, G9, GH4, GH5, GH5s)

+4 Lumix lenses
12-35mm f/2.8
12-35mm f/2.8 II
14-42mm f/3.5-56 Power Zoom
35-100mm f/2.8
35-100mm f/2.8 II
45-175mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom
Leica 100-400mm f/4-6.3 – Vario-Elmar
Leica 12-60mm f/2.8-4 Vario-Elmarit
Leica 12mm f/1.4 Summilux
Leica 15mm f/1.7 Summilux
Leica 200mm f/2.8 Elmarit
Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux
Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 Nocticron
Leica 45mm F/2.8 Macro-Elmar
Leica 50-200mm f/2.8-4 Vario-Elmarit
Leica 8-18mm f/2.8-4 Vario-Elmarit

Exclusive Member Hotline
8:00am-8:00pm EST, Monday-Friday

Service Turnaround
2 Business Days1

Service Shipping
Free Next Day shipping, both ways2

Repair Discount
20% off out-of-warranty repairs

Free Sensor or EVF Clean, Lens Calibration, Firmware Update
2 bodies and 2 lenses per year, in up to 2 shipments

Repair Loaner
For Repairs requiring more than 2 business days3

New Product Evaluation Loaner
Program launching 2019

Premium Welcome Kit
Includes Membership card & gift

Partner Discounts
Program launching 2019

Annual Membership Fee

1If repair requires more time, loaner will be provided (model based on availability). 2 Unless otherwise specified, within the contiguous United States 3 Based on availability

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Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Cameras 6.1 Update

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Cameras 6.1 Update

Major update adds new features for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K including better audio recording and improved battery performance.

Fremont, California, USA – February 4, 2019 – Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Cameras 6.1 which is a new update for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. This update adds quieter audio recording, a new pixel remapping feature, new 2:1 monitoring frame guides, improved battery performance and much more.

Blackmagic Camera 6.1 update is available now as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

The new Blackmagic Cameras 6.1 significantly improves audio recording when using the built in microphones on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. The new processing now analyzes incoming audio from the dual microphones on each side of the camera to dramatically lower the noise floor, resulting in quieter recordings than possible before. In addition, latency has been reduced for audio monitoring, audio and video synchronization has been fine tuned, and the 3.5mm audio input selection interface is now more intuitive, making it faster to use.

Blackmagic Cameras 6.1 also improves auto focus performance. Auto focus now responds quicker and more accurately so that lens hunting is greatly reduced when the camera is locking on to the focal point. There’s also a new media formatting interface that helps prevent customers from accidentally formatting media cards. Once the camera is updated, customers will need to tap and hold the media format confirmation button for 3 seconds before a card will be erased and reformatted.

This update also includes a new in-camera calibration feature which allows customers to recalibrate pixels in the camera. Over time some pixels can change in brightness and create small variations across the sensor. The new pixel calibration feature allows the camera to realign the light output of each pixel resulting in a smooth clean image under changing environmental conditions. Blackmagic Camera 6.1 update also features 2:1 monitoring frame guides, which is another creative composition tool for filmmakers to frame shots. In addition, new power savings and efficiency enhancements improve battery runtime by 10-15% and give customers a more accurate indication of remaining battery power.

“The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is an incredible success and it’s been very exciting watching the adoption of digital film workflows by a much wider range of people,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “This update is exciting because it adds even more great new features to the camera and it’s an exciting way for us to say thank you to all the people who have purchased a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and who have taken the time to discuss ideas for the future with us. We can’t wait to see what customers will produce next!”

Blackmagic Cameras 6.1 Update Key Features

Adds support for pixel calibration in camera. Improves auto focus performance. Improves signal to noise ratio performance of the camera’s internal microphone. Improves power efficiency for improved battery life. Adds 2:1 monitoring frame guide. Improves media formatting user interface. Improves audio monitoring latency performance. Improves 3.5mm audio input selection interface. Improves AV sync performance.

Blackmagic Cameras 6.1 is available as a free download for all existing Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K customers from www.blackmagicdesign.com/support.

BDP Cinema Camera 4K: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Panasonic Announces Incurring Other Income in Operating Profit

Panasonic Announces Incurring Other Income in Operating Profit
Osaka, Japan, February 4, 2019 — Panasonic Corporation ([TSE:6752] “Panasonic”) today announced that Panasonic will incur other income in operating profit in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019 (fiscal 2019).

1. OtherIncomeinOperatingProfit
The Company and certain domestic subsidiaries plan to change the retirement pension system from July 1, 2019. Specifically, regarding part of the past contributions of the defined benefit pension plan, the Company will make a transition to the defined contribution pension plan.

Accordingly, the retirement benefit liabilities will be revised in the Company’s consolidated accounts for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, and the Company plans to incur approximately 82.9 billion yen as other income in operating profit.

This change will be effective upon the authorization of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

This other income to be recorded in operating profit pertains to an accounting adjustment, arising from the conversion of the obligation under the defined benefit pension plan to an asset under the defined contribution pension plan, and the Company assumes there is no impact on the level of payment to employees.

2. Outlook
This other income is included in the revised financial forecasts for fiscal 2019 which the Company announced today

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Panasonic Announces to have Revised the Consolidated Financial Forecasts

Panasonic Announces to have Revised the Consolidated Financial Forecasts
Osaka, Japan, February 4, 2019 — Panasonic Corporation ([TSE:6752] “Panasonic”) today announced to have revised its financial forecasts for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2019 (fiscal 2019) from the forecasts announced on May 10, 2018 based on the recent business conditions.

The revised forecasts for fiscal 2019 (from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019)

Yen (millions)

Reason for the revision:
For the consolidated financial forecast for fiscal 2019, the sales forecast, announced on May 10, 2018, is revised downward due mainly to weakening sales in Appliances and Automotive & Industrial Systems. In addition, the forecasts for operating profit and profit before income taxes are also revised downward as the effects such as partial revision of pension system are unable to off-set the impact of sales decrease. On the other hand, net profit attributable to Panasonic Corporation stockholders remains unchanged due to the improvements of income taxes and others.

Disclaimer Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements (that include those within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) about Panasonic and its Group companies (the Panasonic Group). To the extent that statements in this press release do not relate to historical or current facts, they constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the current assumptions and beliefs of the Panasonic Group in light of the information currently available to it, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause the Panasonic Group’s actual results, performance, achievements or financial position to be materially different from any future results, performance, achievements or financial position expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Panasonic undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements after the date of this press release. Investors are advised to consult any further disclosures by Panasonic in its subsequent filings under the Financial Instrument and Exchange Act of Japan (the FIEA) and other publicly disclosed documents.

The risks, uncertainties and other factors referred to above include, but are not limited to, economic conditions, particularly consumer spending and corporate capital expenditures in the Americas, Europe, Japan, China and other Asian countries; volatility in demand for electronic equipment and components from business and industrial customers, as well as consumers in many product and geographical markets; the possibility that excessive currency rate fluctuations of the U.S. dollar, the euro, the Chinese yuan and other currencies against the yen may adversely affect costs and prices of Panasonic’s products and services and certain other transactions that are denominated in these foreign currencies; the possibility of the Panasonic Group incurring additional costs of raising funds, because of changes in the fund raising environment; the possibility of the Panasonic Group not being able to respond to rapid technological changes and changing consumer preferences with timely and cost-effective introductions of new products in markets that are highly competitive in terms of both price and technology; the possibility of not achieving expected results or incurring unexpected losses in connection with the alliances or mergers and acquisitions; the possibility of not being able to achieve its business objectives through joint ventures and other collaborative agreements with other companies, including due to the pressure of price reduction exceeding that which can be achieved by its effort and decrease in demand for products from business partners which Panasonic highly depends on in BtoB business areas; the possibility of the Panasonic Group not being able to maintain competitive strength in many product and geographical areas; the possibility of incurring expenses resulting from any defects in products or services of the Panasonic Group; the possibility that the Panasonic Group may face intellectual property infringement claims by third parties; current and potential, direct and indirect restrictions imposed by other countries over trade, manufacturing, labor and operations; fluctuations in market prices of securities and other financial assets in which the Panasonic Group has holdings or changes in valuation of non-financial assets, including property, plant and equipment, goodwill and deferred tax assets; future changes or revisions to accounting policies or accounting rules; the possibility of incurring expenses resulting from a leakage of customers’ or confidential information from Panasonic Group systems due to unauthorized access or a detection of vulnerability of network-connected products of the Panasonic Group; as well as natural disasters including earthquakes, prevalence of infectious diseases throughout the world, disruption of supply chain and other events that may negatively impact business activities of the Panasonic Group. The factors listed above are not all-inclusive and further information is contained in the most recent English translated version of Panasonic’s securities reports under the FIEA and any other documents which are disclosed on its website.

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