Now let’s talk about Lumix, a brand I jumped to after flogging all my Sony A-Mount kit. Now let’s look at that sentence, I sold all my A-Mount kit and didn’t buy an E-Mount, so is the jump from DSLR to Mirrorless in the same brand going to be guaranteed? Well no, and while I didn’t make that statement about Nikon just now I think Lumix will be the upgrade MTF and Fuji owners will look to and for a few reasons which I’ll get onto.
But let’s mention the elephant in the room which our Weather Man was keen to jump up and down on and that’s the lack of PDAF in Lumix FF.
Is DFD as fast as PDAF? Maybe not, is it unusable? That’s crazy talk. With each tweak DFD is improving and put into context it’s not “Pentax bad” which have had 20+ years to fix their autofocus system and are still trying to work it out. New firmware releases have helped tweak and build on the DFD system, especially since the release of the S5.
The Lumix S1R, S1 was the first attempt at a FF Mirrorless cameras by Panasonic, just like Nikon with the Z6/7. Compared to how Sony had their autofocus in the original A7 the difference is night and day, a point Tony misses completely. Tracking is great on both systems, and wildlife shooting with the Lumix S1R is every bit as good as it is with the Nikon Z6 and my previous Sony A99II. Yes I have both the Z6 and the S1R so I’m coming from personal experience not 5 mins with a pre-build. .