Panasonic has a patent for 18mm f/4 APS-C mirrorless lens (L-mount?)

Panasonic has filed a new patent P2019-15827A for an 18mm f/4 mirrorless lens designed for APS-C based cameras. Could it be that Panasonic is working on a new mirrorless camera with L-mount?

Leica already has two APS-C L-mount mirrorless cameras (Leica TL2 and Leica CL) and a few lenses.

In an interview with Dpreview a few months ago Sigma confirmed their plans to develop APS-C lenses for L-mount, while Panasonic said that they will not make APS-C lenses for L-mount:

"Do Sigma and Panasonic see the L mount as an APS-C mount as well? Are you planning on developing APS-C lenses for L?

Sigma: Yes, we have a plan to develop APS-C lenses for L mount, but the main focus is full-frame.

Panasonic: No. We will only develop [L mount products] for full-frame sensors."

Details from the Panasonic 18mm f/4 APS-C lens patent:

  • Focal length: 18.0157 mm
  • F number: 4.10720
  • Half-angle of view: 38.5407
  • Image height: 13.2000 mm
  • Lens length: 34.5079 mm
  • Back focus: 15.18901 mm

Via Hi-lows-note

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