Tuesday, June 20, 2023

L-mount lens system (summary table)

The L-Mount Alliance was formed by Panasonic, Leica, and Sigma in September 2018 to create a new standard for mirrorless cameras. To date no fewer than 84 lenses have been released for this platform. To save you repeating many hours of research, I now share my complete list of full-frame L-mount lenses.

Grab my spreadsheet and start planning your lens bag!

To date Panasonic has released 6 primes and 8 zooms. Five of these primes have identical length (82mm) and filter size (67mm), optimised for video use. The lenses are lightweight (295 to 355g) and weather-sealed. Panasonic also provide one Lumix S Pro prime.

Sigma have 17 primes and 7 zooms in two main series. The Contemporary primes that have been optimised for mirrorless cameras are also called the I-series, though this designation appears only on their marketing sheets. These nine primes have metal bodies and aperture rings. They are smaller (45 to 75mm) and sometimes even lighter (215 to 405g) than the Panasonic models. Maximum apertures are no faster than f/2.

By contrast the eight primes in the Sigma Art line are no-compromise fast optics (f/1.4 is the norm) that are generally huge and heavy.

Note that only lenses designated DG (full-frame cover) and DN (digital native) are included here. Sigma continue to market certain older L-mount lenses that are not optimised for mirrorless cameras, though these have effectively been superseded.

Leica have 6 primes and 3 zooms that are larger than the Panasonic offerings and much more expensive... though it's difficult to know why.

All of the above are auto-focus lenses, but several Chinese manufacturers have also entered into L-mount with old style manual lenses with aperture rings. Some of these have gears and de-clicked apertures, optimised for cinema use.

Venus Optics have a bewildering array of Laowa lenses (16 primes, 2 zooms) including ultra-wides, probe macros, and ultra-macros with up to five times magnification. TTArtisan offer five primes, 7Artisans sell seven, and Kipon sell six in the Iberit line. Viltrox currently have only one L-mount lens. But I think it's safe to say that we'll see more companies adding l-mount support to their offerings.

In the meantime, I trust that my compilation will save you much time.

Note 1: I've provided indicative prices in Euros using two competitive German retailers. Naturally prices will vary, especially as vendors offer cash-back deals and other incentives.

Note 2: I began my research before I was aware of the L-mount Forum's own list of lenses. I haven't checked my results against theirs, but believe that my spreadsheet format will be more useful to you.

Update 22 June 2023

Spreadsheet has been updated to reorganise the zooms by make and add two prime lenses. 

Update 11 July 2023

Added Sigma Art DG HSM lens line (historical but of interest).

Leica prices added for shock value. 


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