photokina 2018: Wrap up!
photokina, the world’s leading trade fair in imaging and photographic industries, was held from 26-29 September in Cologne, Germany. The trade fair displayed several exhibitions, galleries and saw various exciting launches over the course of the fair. Here is a look at some of the most exciting news from photokina 2018!
The L-Mount Alliance
Panasonic, Leica and Sigma have come together to produce the ‘L-Mount Alliance’ for full-frame and APS-C sensor cameras. It will feature Leica’s L-Mount system which was released in 2014 to be used on the company’s TL APS-C and SL full-frame mirrorless models. The Alliance has taken its form to better compete against Nikon, Canon and Sony in the market
Panasonic Lumix S1R and Lumix S1
Panasonic announced two new 35mm full-frame mirrorless cameras at photokina 2018 on September 25, the 47-megapixel Panasonic Lumix S1R and the 24-megapixel Panasonic Lumix S1. The new S-mount lens will be the same as L-mount which is developed by Leica for the ‘L-Mount Alliance’ by Leica, Sigma and Panasonic, announced earlier.
At photokina 2018, Fujifilm has just announced the new medium format camera, the new GFX 50R. The camera is weather-sealed in 64 places and is equipped with a 0.77x, 3.69M-dot OLED viewfinder positioned to the side. The 50R includes a 51.4-megapixel CMOS image sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine. It also features Bluetooth Low Energy, an addition from its previous model, which automatically transfers images to mobile devices.
Hasselblad added three new lenses to its XCD lens series for the X1D-50c camera, the XCD 1,9/80, the XCD 2,8/65, and the XCD 2,8/135 telephoto lens with X Converter 1,7. The three new lenses and one teleconverter expand the XCD family to nine different focal lengths.
Sigma 56mm f/1.4 lens
Sigma has uncovered the 56mm F1.4 DC DN lens for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mounts. The lens is equivalent to a 112mm F2.8 lens on full frame and on Sony E mount, it will behave like an 84mm F2.1 equivalent. The maximum magnification is 0.14x.The lens will be part of Sigma’s ‘C’ (for Contemporary) range of lenses.