If a brand-new SLRumors site is to be believed (and it's not April), it's not just a new Panasonic FF camera. It's a full frame consortium between Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma, all working together, and all using the existing Leica SL mount.
This is bad news for Nikon and Canon. Not only are there six existing Leica SL lenses, but an adapter can bring into play Sigma's extensive full frame ART lineup and voilà, there will be 17 more. That's 23 lenses before Panasonic's own lenses even enter the fray and before Sigma adds any native lenses for SL mount.
Once you have three different companies adding native lenses to the same SL system (presumably at three different pricing levels, or at least two), Canon and Nikon, each acting alone, might have a hard time keeping up.
Seems more threatening to Canon R and Nikon Z than just a fledgling system from Panasonic with three or four lenses like Canon and Nikon launched with.
And with all three companies making cameras, could a full-frame Foveon sensor eventually be in the offing? It's not beyond the range of possibility. And would this mean that Sigma might open its Foveon sensor tech to mighty Samsung, which is reportedly building the new Panasonic FF sensor?
No word on when this becomes official, but most likely the rollout will be some time next week, during, or just before, Photokina. The "rumors" sites are the only ones with information because they (like us) are not under any pre-announcement nondisclosure agreements.
Note that I have no inside information about this at all. Just passing the rumor along. See SLRumors for everything I know.
This is definitely the most interesting short stretch of time in the camera industry in years. Feels just like the old days. :-)
(Thanks to Nic M)
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Jeff (partial comment): "The L mount for the Leica SL already provides adaptation for Leica M lenses, Leica R lenses and Leica S lenses. And third party adapters provide functionality for Canon and Nikon glass as well. The smaller format Leica CL and TL have the same L mount and can similarly accommodate different lens lines. Panasonic and Leica already share technology for the SL system according to various reports, for the camera innards as well as the native zooms, which are extraordinary. The marriage and possibilities run even deeper than you portray, it seems."
Thomas Paul McCann: "Off to Photokina next week. Can't wait. Hasn't been this much 'excitement' in years."
elitephoto9: "If it's true, and I hope it is, it just goes to show that cell phones are taking over. The three together will undercut Nikon, Canon, and Sony. Sigma lenses would be wonderful on a FF Foveon. WOW let's hope it true. So here's how the future looks to me. FF Foveon, three Art lenses, and a cell phone."