Panasonic Australia: Ray Martin in Bhutan with LUMIX S1R | Photography Across Borders

“In this short film – created by LUMIX ambassador Dave Katague – iconic Australian journalist-turned-photographer, Ray Martin trials the new LUMIX S1R full-frame mirrorless camera while exploring the people and culture of Bhutan. Follow Ray on his journey through breathtaking scenery, meeting the locals, and road-testing our new flagship camera’s features as one of the first people in the world to capture images with the LUMIX S1R….”

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R with Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4.0 zoom lens.

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Australian journalist Ray Martin is a longtime photography enthusiast who recently had a book of his photographs published. I made this portrait of him at his presentation about his work at Ted’s World of Imaging in Sydney in October 2018.

I will be attending some Panasonic Australia Lumix S1 & S1R public launch events at stores in Sydney early April as an alternative, in effect, to the private launch events to which selected members of the online and offline media are invited.

In the absence of access to the latter and the loss of the big annual Sydney photography trade shows, you have to take whatever you can get nowadays!

The photography and video scene in Australia is smaller than it is in the UK and I do miss the torrent of events and invitations from when I lived in London and routinely hopped over to the continent.

The other alternative is to watch online marketing videos though there is no substitute for in-person hands-on events where you can touch and try the product in question even if only for the shortest time.

Accordingly the list below contains links to product marketing videos and public launch events.

Postscript

I have just received notification of these three Australian Lumix S1 and S1R events.

Better get in quick lest they become booked out!

Hands on with the Lumix S1 & S1R SYDNEY
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/panasonic-hands-on-with-the-lumix-s1-s1r-sydney-registration-59033255055

Photo Tour with the Lumix S1 & S1R SYDNEY
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/panasonic-lumix-s1-s1r-photo-tour-sydney-registration-59037294136

Hands on with the Lumix S1 & S1R MELBOURNE
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/panasonic-hands-on-with-the-lumix-s1-s1r-melbourne-registration-59038022314?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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TechRadar: Hands on: Panasonic Lumix S1 review

https://www.techradar.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-s1

“EARLY VERDICT
Panasonic may have taken its time launching a full-frame mirrorless cameras, but the new Lumix S1 can definitely hold its own. It’s rugged, well designed, easy to use and produces wonderfully sharp images with excellent color rendition. Its Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) Photo Mode also adds natural-looking high dynamic range to stills, which looks fantastic when viewed on an HDR screen….”

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R with Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4.0 zoom lens.

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L-rumors.com: (L5) Major Panasonic S1-S1R announcement will happen around January 30

https://www.l-rumors.com/l5-major-panasonic-s1-s1r-announcement-will-happen-around-january-30/

We are now 99% certain that Panasonic will have a major S1-S1R related announcement on the days around January 30. This means we will likely get the full specs information and preorder pricing.

Stay tuned for more info to come!…

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Panasonic Lumix S1R 35mm mirrorless digital camera.

Panasonic S1 and S1R

Scenes from photokina 2018 and CES 2019, photographs courtesy of Panasonic.

Commentary

I bought into Panasonic’s excellent DSLR-style and rangefinder-style Micro Four Thirds sensor camera and lens system for documentary stills photography and video when Fujifilm dropped the ball with its first try at an interchangeable lens APS-C mirrorless rangefinder-style camera, the X-Pro1.

The problems making that camera sadly unusable for me were remedied with the later X-Pro2 and also the DSLR-style X-T1 and X-T2, with the recently-released X-T3 delivering almost everything one might desire in a DSLR-style stills/video hybrid camera with the exception of raw video recording via external monitors/recorders such as the Atomos Ninja V, in-body image stabilization, and a fully-articulated LCD monitor for maximum viewing usability whether shooting movies or photographs.

I was so impressed  by my experience of a loaner Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 that I ordered one immediately for documentary work and added a Lumix DMC-GX8 as a second video camera that almost immediately became my number one photography camera.

Both cameras constituted my documentary stills kit with the addition of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro standard zoom lens with manual clutch focus, the lens that changed my mind about zoom lenses.

I soon added a second Olympus zoom, then a Panasonic prime followed by a Panasonic zoom lens.

I am holding off on more Micro Four Thirds lenses while waiting to see how developments with Olympus’ coming E-M1X pro-quality photography and video camera, Olympus M.Zuiko Pro prime and zoom lenses, Panasonic’s Lumix S Series and the amazing Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 wide-to-normal zoom lens work out this year.

Rumors have it that Olympus’ M.Zuiko Pro lenses are designed in collaboration with Sigma, and whether true or not, Sigma’s membership of the L-Mount group alongside old allies Leica and Panasonic is exciting.

As a longtime though sadly no longer Leica camera and lens user, I would love to be able to afford their current cameras and lenses but Sigma’s Art line prime and zoom lenses’ specifications, image quality results, prices and most of all range of focal lengths impresses as does the company’s cine lens collection.

As I discovered with Fujifilm’s XF APS-C lenses and Panasonic’s M43 Lumix G and Leica DG lens lines, the seldom-spoken downside to new sensor and camera ranges is that it takes years and buckets of manufacturer cash for them to eventually acquire full collections of lenses to suit all their users’ needs.

It is estimated that Canon, for example, took 40 years to achieve that goal with lenses for its 35mm sensor DSLR camera line.

Will Sigma’s presence in the L-Mount consortium and its promised large L-Mount lens collection be persuasive enough to turn 35mm sensor camera users’ heads away from their Canons and Nikons?

The recently announced High Resolution stills and HLG video modes of the Lumix S-Series cameras are impressive but there is more to know about its other features and those of Panasonic’s other cameras in the series.

As a documentary and portrait photographer, I tend to prefer the more portrait and magazine-friendly 4:3 or 3:4 aspect ratios of Micro Four Thirds cameras over the often too-narrow 3:2 or 3:2 of 35mm sensors, and find that fully-articulated LCD monitors are far more useful than any fixed, two-way or three-way tilt screen solutions.

On the other hand, sensor megapixel counts of around 50 or more help produce portraits that possess an uncanny sense of being there especially when printed beautifully and large.

I am looking forward to Panasonic’s January 30 announcements and product shots.

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News Shooter: Are the Panasonic S1 and S1R the holy grail of mirrorless cameras?

https://www.newsshooter.com/2018/09/26/https-www-newsshooter-com-2018-09-26-are-the-panasonic-s1-and-s1r-the-holy-grail-of-mirrorless-cameras/

“With Panasonic unveiling their first ever full frame mirrorless cameras, the S1 and S1R, the question needs to be asked, will they knock Sony off the throne and take the crown to become the new king of full-frame mirrorless cameras? Now I’m strictly speaking about video functionality and not their performance as a hybrid camera….

… Panasonic has a real chance to push the envelope with the S1 and S1R and let’s hope they do. Competition is good for everyone, and hopefully, with such fierce competition in the full frame mirrorless space, it will continue to push manufacturers into giving us the features we all want….”

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Panasonic Lumix S1R 35mm mirrorless digital camera.

Commentary

Panasonic’s announcement at photokina 2018 of its Lumix S1 and S1R 35mm sensor cameras, also referred to somewhat inaccurately as “full frame” or “full format”, was an in-development notification meaning that the system and its cameras and lenses are a little way off from release yet.

The term “35mm” is more than sufficient for describing digital cameras based on 24x36mm sensors and possesses an accuracy that the other two rather silly terms do not.

The idea of Panasonic adding a 35mm system to its current Micro Four Thirds system offering is an intriguing one given Fujifilm has already gone two steps further with its APS-C X-Mount system and its more recent Medium Format GF-Mount system.

Will the image quality difference between M43 and 35mm be as great as that between APS-C and MF?

Will photographers who currently rely on Panasonic’s Lumix GX8, GH5 and G9 M43 cameras consider adding Panasonic Lumix S1R cameras for their 47 megapixel sensors and consequent high image quality for large format printing?

Or, having got bitten by the big sensor bug, might they wish to go beyond 47MP in the 35mm sensor format and consider the Fujifilm GFX 50R, GFX 50S or GFX 100S?

Interesting times and, of course, the proof of the pudding will only be available when the new Fujifilm and Panasonic cameras make their appearance and the inevitable side-by-side comparisons begin turning up.

Then there is the question of Panasonic’s commitment to the Japanese Government’s decision to broadcast the 2020 Olympics in 8K and whether the Lumix L-Mount S-System is how Panasonic will bring 8K video capability to its hybrid cameras.

I am looking afraid to learning more about Panasonic’s Lumix S1 and S1R as well as what happens with the L-Mount initiative formed between Leica, Panasonic and Sigma.

Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R at Panasonic Lumix press conference, photokina 2018

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BBC News: Mirrorless cameras: Photography’s new decisive moment

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45627055

“Nearly 200 years after the birth of photography, the art form is experiencing a technological revolution….

… on the eve of Photokina – the industry’s giant trade fair in Cologne – Panasonic has just unveiled a body that could prove the most disruptive of all….

… Panasonic, however, is teasing a model that promises to combine several cutting-edge features….

“Panasonic’s move into the full-frame mirrorless segment is particularly interesting because of its collaboration with Leica and Sigma – both companies with a strong photographic heritage,” Futursource analyst Arun Gill told the BBC.

“By adopting Leica’s L-Mount, Panasonic’s cameras will have an immediate advantage of being compatible with several existing high-quality lenses.”…”

Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R mirrorless 35mm sensor format cameras with the first three lenses to be released for the system, 24-105mm f/4.0 standard zoom lens, 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens and 50mm f/1.4 prime lens. Photograph of Panasonic Lumix cameras and lenses at photokina 2018 courtesy of Panasonic.

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change.org: Petition: Panasonic to give the Lumix S1 a Flip-out Fully Articulating Touch LCD

https://www.change.org/p/petition-panasonic-to-change-the-lumix-s1-s-3-axis-tilt-lcd-to-a-flip-out-fully-articulating-touch-lcd

“… When it was unveiled that Panasonic was making two Full-Frame cameras and that they are partnering with Leica and Sigma, I was ecstatic, and still am. Everything about these new cameras looks and sound promising.

However, we have found out that the upcoming S1 and S1R will not have flip-out fully articulating touch LCD like the G9 GH5 and GH5S, it is unsure what the reasoning of this was. But many of us in the video world was surprised and confused by this, all we wanted was for the screen to be the same as the one offered in the GH5 and GH5S….”

Panasonic Lumix S1R 35mm mirrorless digital camera.

Fully-articulated LCD monitors on other Panasonic Lumix cameras and other brand cameras too

Commentary

I fully support Australian artist Idin Aazami’s petition to Panasonic asking that Panasonic’s currently -in-development Lumix S1 and S1R 35mm mirrorless cameras be released with fully-articulated LCD monitors instead of the 3-way tilting LCD screens shown off on the pro-production dummies shown at photokina 2018.

I was convinced to invest in Panasonic Lumix cameras for video production and stills photography by the experience of using cameras with 3-way tilting screens and using cameras with fully-articulating monitors and the advantages of the latter over the former became very clear very fast.

Please sign Idin Aazami’s petition and help get the numbers well beyond 1000.

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Nikon USA: Nikon Introduces the New Nikon Z Mount System, and Releases Two Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras: the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6

http://bit.ly/nikonmirrorlessz6z7andlenses

“Mirrorless reinvented

The new Nikon Z mount system is comprised of mirrorless cameras and compatible NIKKOR Z lenses and accessories. This system has been realized through the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance. It has inherited Nikon’s tradition of quality, superior imaging technology, intuitive operability and high reliability, all innovated from its digital SLR cameras….”

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Nikon Z7 mirrorless 35mm digital camera with Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4.0 S zoom lens.

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Nikon F3 single lens reflex camera aka SLR with Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 lens. Image courtesy of Japan Camera Hunter.

I have not used a Nikon camera or Nikkor lens since working as a freelance newspaper and magazine photographer some years ago when each of us was handed a backpack of cameras and lenses to carry on assignment.

I had owned my own Nikon single lens reflex camera and a couple of manual-focus Nikkor lenses for some years and they acted as ever-reliable backups for my preferred mirrorless cameras which included Leica M-System 35mm rangefinders, Fujifilm and Mamiya 120 roll film rangefinders, Rolleiflex 120 roll film twin lens reflexes and 4″x5″ sheet film view cameras.

I had built my own way of seeing and photographing upon my more unconventional kit of photographic gear and it had paid off handsomely from the moment I arrived in Sydney with a portfolio of portrait and documentary photographs the likes of which nobody there had seen before.

SLR cameras with their peering-into-a-mirror vision was the conventional way of working and, although I appreciated my Nikon F3 as much as I had its successor, a Nikon FM, for its reliability and good enough lenses, found the SLR aesthetic somewhat limiting in a commercial world where the best way of getting established fast then was to show off a portfolio at the very least as different, as expressive and as graphic as images made by my more conventionally-equipped colleagues, if not more so.

In fact, definitely more so.

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Nikon Z-Series mirrorless camera S-Line lens roadmap as of August 2018. Alas, no 28mm lens.

The digital era has erased most of the differences in ways of seeing and photographing shaped by the non-SLR cameras of the analog era, though some choice has been slowly reappearing in recent years.

Not having had a Nikon camera in my hands for far too long, I cannot guess at what differences in seeing and creating Nikon DSLRs may bestow on photographers today and I cannot even hazard a guess at what benefits Nikon’s two new mirrorless cameras and their lenses may bring to the table.

I hope that I will have the chance of correcting those omissions sometime soon, Nikon willing, but meanwhile I am keeping a keen eye on developments in the new Nikon mirrorless system and look forward to Nikon filling out its Z-Mount lens system with the range of lenses required for professional cinematography and photography.

As has often been said over recent years, mirrorless is the future and it is good to finally welcome Nikon to it.

Nikon Z6 and Z7 35mm mirrorless cameras, lenses and accessories

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Nikon Will Reveal First Two Signature 35mm Digital Mirrorless Cameras August 23, 2018 – Low-Light Nikon Z6 and High-Res Nikon Z7

Nikon wil reveal its first two 35mm sensor mirrorless cameras in a special event in Tokyo on August 23, 2018 at US 12am ET (9pm PT), 2pm Sydney time.

I am looking forward to it. 

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Not the Nikon Z6 or Z7, but the Nikon D850 DSLR with Nikon MB-D18 Multi Power Battery Pack and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens.

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Sony USA: Sony Celebrates No. 1 Overall Position in U.S. Full-frame Cameras with Launch of Historic ‘Be Alpha’ Campaign

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“… The ‘Be Alpha’ campaign will also feature programs that are designed to foster growth in both the current and next generations of imaging professionals, the most notable of which being the flagship ‘Alpha Female’ program. This multi-tiered, female exclusive program is Sony’s thoughtful response to the imaging industry’s well-documented diversity challenges. It will include a variety of grants and mentorship opportunities for female photographers and videographers, as well as the production of several large-scale industry events. Additional details to be released soon….”

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Sony Alpha a9 mirrorless digital camera with Sony VG-C3EM vertical grip and Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS zoom lens.

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Details about Sony’s coming ‘Alpha Female’ program thread of the ‘Be Alpha’ campaign have yet to appear online but this is the very first time to my knowledge that any camera maker has done anything to address the huge imbalance in opportunities for and representation of female photographers and moviemakers.

It is likely that concrete information about the ‘Alpha Female’ program and the ‘Alpha Female’ photographers and moviemakers involved in it will begin appearing during the ‘Be Alpha’ campaign launch event on August 19th, World Photography Day, in New York City. 

I hope that the ‘Alpha Female’ program will be a beacon to all aspiring and established female photographers and moviemakers everywhere, not just limited to the USA, and inspire all camera and other hardware manufacturing companies to make a real change for the better.

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“Not enough lenses”? Sony A-Mount and E-Mount lenses in 35mm and APS-C sensor formats as of 2017.

Coverage of Sony products, as well as those by Canon and Nikon, has been sporadic here at ‘Untitled’ but Sony’s ‘Alpha Female’ program as well as the other two camera makers’ coming high-end mirrorless cameras are incentive to try to persuade all three brands to assist us in writing about their products with firsthand experience.

Another such incentive is Australian cinematographer/director Paul Leeming’s creation of Sony and Canon inclusive Leeming LUT Pro, “the world’s first unified, corrective Look Up Table (LUT) system for supported cameras, designed to maximise dynamic range, fix skin tones, remove unwanted colour casts and provide an accurate Rec709 starting point for further creative colour grading”.

“Multi-camera shoots are now much easier, because you are starting with a common, colour-matched baseline, meaning much less time trying to match cameras in post before starting your creative grading. Once all your cameras have been corrected, you can optionally use the specially matched Leeming LUT Quickies™ for a one-touch creative grade designed to work seamlessly with the common baseline of Leeming LUT Pro™ corrected footage.”

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