Lenses Roadmap Roundup – February 2019

In the upcoming months we expect multiple lenses announcements from Leica, Panasonic, Nikon and others.

So, here a detailed roundup of lenses roadmaps updated on February 2019.

The L-mount system (or Leica-Panasonic-Sigma alliance) will have over 42 lenses in total by the end of 2020:

  • more than 10 Panasonic Lumix lenses
  • 18 Leica lenses
  • 14 Sigma lenses and a lens mount converter

Here is the updated Panasonic Lumix S L-mount lenses roadmap:

  • Panasonic Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4
  • Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro OIS
  • Panasonic Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/4 OIS
  • Panasonic Lumix S 1.4x Teleconverter (Coming in 2019)
  • Panasonic Lumix S 2x Teleconverter (Coming in 2019)
  • Panasonic Lumix S 24-70mm f/2.8 (Coming in 2019)
  • Panasonic Lumix S 70-200mm f/2.8 (Coming in 2019)
  • Panasonic Lumix S 16-35mm f/4 (Coming in 2019)
  • Super Telephoto Lens (Coming in 2020)
  • Fixed Focal Length Lens (Coming in 2020)
  • Fixed Focal Length Lens (Coming in 2020)
  • Macro Lens (Coming in 2020)

Two out of the three new Panasonic Lumix S L-mount lenses are “Certified by Leica”, according to Panasonic to stringent Leica standards.

Leica has unveiled a new SL lens roadmap at Photokina and no more updates since it.
On it are the lenses due to be announced/released in 2019 and 2020:

  • APO-Summicron-SL 35mm f/2 ASPH (Coming in 2019)
  • APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH (Coming in 2019)
  • APO-Summicron-SL 28mm f/2 ASPH (Coming in 2020)
  • APO-Summicron-SL 24mm f/2 ASPH (Coming in 2020)
  • APO-Summicron-SL 21mm f/2 ASPH (Coming in 2020)

After the announcement of the two new Pentax 11-18mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/2 lenses, Ricoh released updated Pentax K-Mount lens roadmaps.

After the Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens announcement Nikon made a few small updates to their Nikon Z mirrorless lens roadmap:

  • Nikkor Z 20mm f/1.8 lens release time changed from 2019 to 2020
  • Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 lens release time changed from 2020 to 2019
  • 4 additional Z lenses will be announced in 2020
  • 7 new Z lenses are expected in 2021 (8 lenses were initially planned for 2021)

The Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 lens is still listed as “coming soon” but probably it will be released later in 2019.

Following its announcement of the OM-D E-M1X and the development of the 150-400mm telephoto zoom lens, Olympus has also updated its lens roadmap for the coming year and beyond.
Micro Four Thirds street photographers can also expect to see more than one M.Zuiko Pro fast prime lens – Olympus uses the designation ‘bright’ – so that could cover anything from a 12mm to 50mm.

  • M.Zuiko Pro telephoto zoom lens (probably a 50-220mm)
  • M.Zuiko Pro telephoto zoom lens (probably a 70-240mm)
  • M.Zuiko Pro wide zoom lens (probably a 9-28mm)
  • M.Zuiko Pro standard zoom lens (probably a 12-35mm)
  • M.Zuiko high-magnification zoom lens (probably a 14-200mm)
  • M.Zuiko super-telephoto zoom lens (probably a 100-400mm)

No big news from Canon since last year. At least, surely no EF lens announcement will be in 2019, since Canon admitted they have to catch up their competitors on mirrorless market.

Up to 7 new RF lenses may be announced over the coming year. The first set is said to be a “holy trinity” of f/2.8 zoom lenses featuring a 16-35mm f/2.8L, a 24-70mm f/2.8L, and a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS (or lenses with similar specs).
There’s also said to be a 105mm f/1.4L, 85mm f/1.8 IS STM, a macro, and a non-L kit lens on the way.

These 7 lenses would join the 4 RF lenses that have already been announced by Canon (the 24-105mm f/4L, 28-70mm f/2L, 50mm f/1.2L, and 35mm f/1.8 Macro).

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