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Panasonic S1R and Panasonic S1 with L-Mount To Ship in April, can use new Panasonic Lenses plus Leica SL Lenses, Sigma and Zeiss and Leica M Lenses

See my L-mount wishlist.

Panasonic S1R

I’m looking forward to reviewing the Panasonic S1R and a variety of lenses. B&H Photo states an expected release date of April 4th.

With the huge shift in the photographic landscape (everything is going mirrorless), I’m in a quandary as to how to partition my offerings—can’t all just be one big grab bag in diglloyd Mirrorless (non-viable for revenue reasons alone). I’d rather just sell one subscription for $200/year as I already do, but that’s a bar too high for many.

Right out of the gate, L-mount mirrorless has a huge lead over Nikon mirrorless and Canon mirrorless. At least if price is ignored. That’s because all of the Leica SL lenses can be used as well as whatever Sigma will be releasing—all three companies are part of the L-Mount consortium which uses the the L-mount introduced with the Leica SL (the Leica SL is now a dinosaur no one in their right mind would buy). If Sigma releases some Sigma DG HSM Art lenses in native mount soon, that could climb to a dozen or more native mount lenses versus (as of early 2019) 3 for Nikon and 4 for Canon.

OTOH as reader Mike H points out, many Nikon users might well consider F-mount lenses with the Nikon FTZ lens adapter as pseudo-native lenses. Ditto for Canon lenses with the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R. So in that regard, Nikon and Canon both have very large lens selections for mirrorless (with their respective adapters).

L-mount also easily supports Leica M lenses via the Leica M-Adapter-L. Plus there is already a high quality Novoflex mount adapter for Nikon F lenses, which means all Zeiss Milvus and Zeiss Otus lenses can be used on the S1R/S1 immediately.

Panasonic S1R, front oblique view
Panasonic S1R, top view
Panasonic S1R, rear view

 

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