Looks like someone just stole a new Sony 200-600mm FE that doesn’t exist on market yet!

SonyAlphaRumors spotted this auction for a new Sony 200-600G OSS f/5.6-6.3 FE lens. The lens does yet NOT exist and is likely to be a prototype. We don’t know yet if the seller simply found this lens lost somewhere on the streets of Tokyo…or if it’s a stolen item.

All we know for sure is that the lens will be officially announced this week already!

Ricoh officially debunks the rumors saying “it will lose the right to use the Pentax brand name”

In a note released at Dpreview Ricoh debunked the rumors saying it will lose the right to use the Pentax brand name. The official statement reads:

‘No, [the rumor] is not a fact.

Hoya is the owner of the PENTAX trademark, but there are no restrictions or limitations attached for RICOH to use the PENTAX brand in the camera business.

We will continue to offer the PENTAX brand products including new items.’

That should give the Pentax community some peace :)

Leaked presss text and images of the new Panasonic S1H and 10-25mm f/1.7 lens

There is a French magazine that posted ther full press release text and image of the new Panasonic S1H L-mount camera and the 10-25mm f/1.7 MFT lens.

This is the google translated text for the S1H:

From the autumn of 2019, it will be necessary to count on the LUMIX S1H. It’s the 3rd Full Format Musketeer from Panasonic, after the brave Lumix S1 and S1R.

This 3rd box, very oriented cinema and video (more than the S1) announces a world premiere of shock: the video recording in 6K / 24p (in format 3: 2) or 5,9K / 30p (in format 16: 9) . It also announces the C4K / 4K (the famous DCI) in 60p in 10 bits. It also adapts to 4: 3 anamorphic mode. Rumors were running about the arrival of the 8K, or even a GH6, but it will be 6K in Full Format. Not bad…

In short, the engineers seem to have concentrated their efforts on an invisible but problematic parameter: the heating of the case. And the higher the resolution, the more it heats! As a result, heat dispersion seems to have been studied to provide the expected video performance. However, the manufacturer states in its statement that when the temperature of the device exceeds the certified operating temperature, the device can automatically stop video recording to protect it from heat damage.


4K mode is not forgotten with the ability to record in 4K or better (from our point of view), to crop 6K videos in 4K, which should increase the image resolution in Crop mode or allow to reframe more. Stabilization could also be improved in this same logic.

As for personalization of the image, the LUMIX S1H also features the V-Log / V-Gamut with a dynamic range of 14 stops, practically equivalent to that of the brand’s VariCam, enhancing the texture of human skin.

Note that the S1H’s recording format is compatible with the V-Log format recorded by a VariCam or the V-Log L recorded by the LUMIX GH5 / GH5S.

The video can be saved in unlimited. It is therefore a case of “camcorder” type.

The prototype of the LUMIX S1H will be exhibited at the “Cine Gear Expo 2019” show from May 30 to June 2, 2019.

The price is of course not yet communicated.

Availability: Fall 2019

This is the google translated text for the 10-25mm lens:

The arrival of a new optics in micro 4/3 is always an event in itself. A fortiori when it covers a wide-angle beach and / or it claims a constant opening. This is the case of the new Leica 10-25mm optics which equates to a focal range of 20 to 50 mm (35 mm equivalent) and which, above all, offers a constant opening of F1.7. This opening should be very interesting for videographers with a rendering that Panasonic describes as “cinema”, in any case that should favor bokeh, and low light conditions.

The new Leica optics (actually Leica licensed), consisting of 17 elements in 12 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses, 4 ED lenses, and 1 UHR lens, works according to Panasonic “as the assembly of several lenses with fixed focal lengths , favoring dynamic landscapes like portraits “. The optics, which remains compact but not so light (690 grams), would reduce chromatic aberration and spherical distortion.L-rumors.com

Compatible with a sensor up to 240 images / s maximum, it allows to obtain a rapid autofocus. On the other hand, it is not stabilized, which however is not a major concern if the sensor is stabilized on its side.

In addition, the focus of the internal focus of the new lens is silent, thus favoring video recording. This silence is achieved by a continuous open ring notched and a stepper motor.

The Leica would also benefit from a mechanism that eliminates pumping out of focus, a problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for photography only.

The optics are announced as robust, and tropicalized, that is to say more specifically can withstand splashing and dust. The diameter of the filter is 77mm.

Reference / Price / Availability

Reference: LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-x1025)
Price: X-1025E: 1999 €
Availability: July 2019

via Nokishita

Here are the new Panasonic S1H specs

L-rumors.com spilled out the info about the new Panasonic S1H camera that will be announced on Friday:

Panasonic Cine Lumix  S1H will be announced on May 31
It’s L-mount

New Full Frame sensors
Records 6K/24p
Recorda 10-bit 4K/C4K 60p (10-bit 4:2:2 4K 30/25 internal and 60p external)
14 stops Dynamic Range

Cinematography dream gear
It’s built like a tank.
Slightly bigger than the S1-S1R for better heat dissipation
full built-in log settings
lot more epxensive than the S1R

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First (and likely fake) Fuji X-PRO3 rumors on the web

Camerabeta posted some Fuji X-PRO 3 specs that I believe are very likely just a guess. He writes:

  • The new machine will use a 2400/2 megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor;
  • With X-Processor 4 processor with 4 core CPU;
  • 4K video capture at 60 frames per second;
  • Built-in body five-axis anti-shake;
  • 3-inch 1.04 million point 3-axis touch screen;
  • Weatherproof magnesium alloy body;

CameraBeta has a history of posting wrong rumors like the A7sIII and some others. I don’t recall them ever been correct. They might guess some specs right but I am sure they just guess :)

Here is their A7sIII rumor from 2 years ago….