Amazingly the rumours were right once again, and somebody from NAB leaked the AF100 to 43rumors a day before the press release was due.
The implications here are enormous.
With the announcement of the AF100, Panasonic have got a jump on the professional video departments of other manufacturers, notably Sony and Canon. They also have a relationship with Leica.
Today I received news that new Micro 4/3rds cine lenses similar to the Summilux C range (housing by Band Pro, optical formulas by Leica) are going to form an integral part of the AF100 package.
(In the pic above, the 14-140mm lens seems to have some kind of adapter on the front of it – what is it?)
Here are some to start it off. I’ll be seeking to ask Panasonic and to get some answers!
The first interchangeable lens Micro 4/3rds camcorder is due to be released later this year and of course this is great news – so good to see Panasonic making intelligent use of their investment in the existing Micro 4/3rds technology.
It’s beginning to happen, the game is changing. HDSLRs are beginning to find work in commercial TV and media, stuff which is serious business and seen by millions around the world.