在2018年photokina開幕前的新聞發布會上,徠卡相機(Leica Camera)、松下(Panasonic)和適馬(SIGMA)共同宣布了一項戰略合作。“L-Mount聯盟”是一項前所未有的合作形式,將特別有利于這三個合作品牌的客戶。這一合作令松下和適馬能够利用徠卡開發的L卡口標準,爲自有品牌的開發提供支持,研發使用該接口的相機和鏡頭。在三個合作夥伴的共同努力下,該聯盟將進一步提升L-Mount技術對攝影世界的重要性。

由于其衆多的可互換組件,相機型號是非常通用的,可以單獨配置,以滿足廣泛的攝影需求。在這裏,卡口是最重要的界面,因爲透鏡對成像性能做出了决定性的貢獻,反過來又對最終結果的質量做出了决定性的貢獻。得益于徠卡、松下和適馬的戰略合作關係,客戶將能够從更廣泛的相機和鏡頭中做出選擇,而不必局限于某一特定品牌,因爲這三個品牌都將擁有相同的專有卡口。

徠卡相機監事會主席Andreas Kaufmann博士說:“對于攝影師來說,從大量的鏡頭中選擇他們的偏好系統是極其重要的。特別是在無反相機市場上,用戶要求産品日益多樣性,以滿足各種不同的攝影需求。因此,我們决定與攝影領域的杰出夥伴合作,作爲對這些需求的直接回應。我們與松下建立的長期合作關係是建立在相互信任基礎上的,而該公司在電子領域的專業知識是毋庸置疑的。適馬也是一家德高望重的公司,在光學設計和鏡頭製造領域已經站穩了脚跟,幷且能够完美地補充我們現有的L-Mount産品組合。我們相信,我們和合作夥伴都能够實現所有産品的共同和可持續增長。”

松下公司的高級管理執行官Tetsuro Homma先生說:“松下一直專注于革新相機領域,讓攝影愛好者的生活更輕鬆、更精緻、更有趣。我們與徠卡的長期合作夥伴關係爲市場帶來了許多高性能和高質量的數碼相機;將徠卡的先進光學技術與松下的數字技術融合在一起。這一合作使我們能够加速優秀數碼相機産品的開發,而與徠卡和適馬的L-Mount聯盟就是這種加速的一個很好的例子。這是一個不斷加入新的參與者的聯盟,這將對影像産業的未來産生根本性的影響。我們不斷迎接挑戰,在“改變攝影”的口號下爲行業帶來創新,以滿足專業人士的高期望。我們與徠卡和適馬的合作將爲我們的企業創造更多的商業機會,但更重要的是將提升我們客戶的攝影體驗。”

適馬公司首席執行官Kazuto Yamaki先生說:“隨著相機發展進入數字和無反時代,每個品牌開發的系統和用戶的需求都是多樣化的。目前,用戶有壓倒性的選擇權,但在擴展性和可能性方面,系統還沒能真正達到用戶的需求。適馬加入這一聯盟,開發短法蘭距的無反相機。本公司致力于開發高性能、高品質、創新的産品,聯盟的出現將增强我們的相機系統的完成度和可擴展性,幷爲用戶帶來更大的利益。徠卡是一家偉大的公司,在過去的100多年裏一直致力于攝影文化的發展,而松下則通過在各個領域開發可靠的技術來引領這個行業。與適馬的獨特、高性能和高質量的産品一起,L-Mount將成爲一個極具吸引力的系統。”

關于 L-Mount

L-Mount是由徠卡相機開發的,爲客戶提供了一個永不過時、靈活、堅固、精准的卡口基座,它甚至可以滿足最苛刻的攝影需求。自2014年在徠卡T系列相機的首次亮相以來,徠卡和它的戰略合作夥伴持續開發L卡口,得到了顯著的改進,取得了更新和更完善的L-Mount技術。

爲確保産品的最大兼容性,選擇了51.6毫米的直徑,使L卡口不僅適用于全畫幅相機,而且適用于APS-C傳感器相機。僅20毫米的法蘭距可以在鏡頭和傳感器之間進行短距離的移動,從而使結構更加緊凑——這對廣角鏡頭尤其有助益。爲了確保對最極端壓力的抵抗,幷保證客戶在多年的密集使用後仍保持强度,相機的卡口是用耐磨不銹鋼製造的,幷且有四個凸緣,可以防止傾斜、保證安全幷精確定位鏡頭附件。標準化的L-Mount信息觸電確保了鏡頭和電子元件之間的無故障通信——同時提供未來固件升級,幷充分利用鏡頭的全部潜在性能。

該鏡頭接口目前用于徠卡SL全畫幅相機和徠卡CL、TL2和TL等 APS-C相機。所有適用于不同系統的鏡頭都可以在沒有適配器的情况下使用,而且沒有任何功能上的限制——這僅是通用卡口給客戶帶來的衆多好處之一。在不久的將來,不僅徠卡相機,還有松下和適馬將會發布更多使用通用標準的産品。

關於徠卡相機

憑藉其工藝精湛且歷史悠久的相機製造技術和運動光學產品,徠卡相機在全球的攝影藝術界享有傳奇盛譽。徠卡相機以銳意新革的尖端技術,確保任何拍攝環境下都能呈現精益求精的影像品質。

徠卡相機總部位於德國黑森州的韋茨拉爾小鎮,並在葡萄牙的Vila Nova de Famalicão設有製作坊。同時,公司其分部遍佈至世界各地,包括澳大利亞、中國、法國、義大利、日本、新加坡、南韓、瑞士、英國和美國。研發創新影像藝術產品一直是公司致力發展背後的動力。

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At the company’s press conference prior to the opening of photokina 2018, Leica Camera AG, Panasonic and Sigma announced a strategic partnership. The ‘L-Mount Alliance’ is a previously unparalleled form of collaboration that will particularly benefit the customers of all three partners. The collaboration enables Panasonic and Sigma to make use of the L-Mount standard developed by Leica for their own developments and to offer both cameras and lenses utilising this lens mount. As a joint effort of all three partners, this alliance will increase the importance of the L-Mount technology to the world of photography even further.

Due to their numerous interchangeable components, system cameras are extremely versatile and can be individually configured for a wide range of photographic needs. Here, the bayonet is the most important interface, because the lens makes a decisive contribution to imaging performance and, in turn, to the quality of the final results. Thanks to the strategic partnership between Leica, Panasonic and Sigma, customers will be able to choose from a much wider selection of cameras and lenses without having to limit themselves to a particular brand, as all three brands will share the same proprietary bayonet mount.

Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Leica Camera AG and majority shareholder: “For photographers, the ability to choose from a wide range of lenses for their system of preference is extremely important. Especially in the strongly growing market for mirrorless system cameras, users seek increasingly greater product diversity to fulfil a wide range of different photographic needs. We have therefore decided to work together with prominent partners in the photographic segment as an immediate response to these needs. Our long-established partnership with Panasonic is a collaboration based on mutual trust, and the company’s expertise in the area of electronics is unquestioned. Sigma is also a highly respected company that has become firmly established especially in the areas of optical design and lens manufacturing and is able to perfectly complement our existing portfolio of L-Mount products. We are convinced that we and our partners can realise mutual and sustainable growth for all our products.”

Mr. Tetsuro Homma, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Panasonic Corporation: “Panasonic has always focused on revolutionising the camera sector to make the lives of photo enthusiasts easier, more sophisticated and more enjoyable. Our longstanding partnership with Leica has brought many high-performance and high-quality digital cameras to the market; fusing Leica’s superior optical technology with Panasonic’s digital technologies. Our partnership has enabled us to accelerate the development of excellent digital camera products, and the L-Mount alliance with Leica and Sigma is a great example of such acceleration. This is an alliance of growing players, which will make a fundamental difference to the future of the imaging industry. We have always been a challenger, bringing innovation to the industry under the slogan of “Changing Photography” to meet the high expectations of professionals. Our partnership with Leica and Sigma will create additional business opportunities for our businesses, but more importantly will advance our customers’ joy of photography.”

Mr. Kazuto Yamaki, Chief Executive Officer, SIGMA Corporation: “As cameras evolved into digital and mirrorless, requirements from users and systems introduced by each brands diversified. Currently, there are overwhelming choices for users, but in terms of extensibility and possibility, the system truly meets user’s needs is not yet available. SIGMA is joining this alliance to develop mirrorless cameras benefiting from a short flange back. As SIGMA strives to develop high performance, high quality and innovative products, this alliance will strengthen the level of completion and the extensibility of our camera system and provide greater user benefits. Leica is a magnificent company that has been contributing to photographic cultures for more than 100 years, and Panasonic is leading the industry by developing reliable technologies across various fields. Together with SIGMA’s unique, high performance and high quality products, the L-Mount will evolve as an extremely attractive system for users.”

About the L-Mount

The L-Mount was developed by Leica Camera under the proviso of providing customers with a future-proof, flexible, robust and precise bayonet mount that would fulfil even the most demanding photographic needs. Since its initial appearance in 2014 within the Leica T, development of the L-Mount was continued by Leica as well as by its strategic partners, which led to significant improvements and therefore an effectively new and more polished L-Mount technology.

To ensure maximum product diversity, the diameter of 51.6 millimetres was chosen to make the L-Mount suitable for use not only with full-frame cameras, but also on cameras with APS-C sensors. The short register of only 20 millimetres enables a short distance between the lens and the sensor, which in turn enables considerably more compact construction – which is particularly helpful for developments in the wide-angle lens segment. To ensure resistance to even the most extreme stresses, and to guarantee customers maximum reliability in many years in intensive use, the camera bayonets are manufactured from wear-resistant stainless steel and with four flange segments that prevent canting and ensure particularly secure and precisely positioned lens attachment. The standardised L-Mount contact strip ensures trouble-free communication between the electronic components of the lens and the camera – including the possibility of installing future firmware updates for lenses to react to technological advances and exploit the full performance potentials of the lens.

The lens mount is currently used in the Leica SL full-frame camera system and the Leica CL, TL2 and TL APS-C camera models. All lenses made for the various different systems can be used on all cameras without adapters and without any functional limitations – this illustrates only one of the numerous benefits the common bayonet brings for customers. In the near future, not only Leica Camera AG, but also Panasonic and Sigma will be announcing further products that use the common standard.

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