Chinese company DJI is joining the L-Mount Alliance, which counts Leica, Sigma, Panasonic, and Leitz Cine as its members. The goal of the alliance is to offer photographers a unified lens mount standard—the L-Mount. The mount is developed by Leica Camera, and the L-Mount Alliance allows members to use the L-Mount Standard for their own cameras and lenses.
L-Mount says on its website, “The L-Mount Alliance is not a completely open alliance. It came about by the granting of licences by Leica Camera AG to Panasonic and SIGMA. Nevertheless, other partners could be taken onboard if certain conditions are met.” DJI, best known for its drones, appears to have met the conditions required to join the alliance.
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The Chinese company shared that it has joined hands with Leica to produce the Zenmuse X9 L-Mount unit. The mount allows users of the Ronin 4D to fit L-Mount lenses produced by members of the L-Mount Alliance—Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma—onto their own cameras.
The L-Mount website explains that it is a “lens mount for mirrorless autofocus system cameras that was launched by Leica for an APS-C system in 2014 with the Leica T and, in 2015, for a full-frame system, the Leica SL.” While Leica is the licensor of the L-Mount Standard, the other members of the alliance are licensees.
Additionally, DJI recently has launched two new gimbals—the RS 3 and RS 3 Pro. The company also released a new Transmission wireless system. All three devices inherit some features of DJI’s cinema camera, the Ronin 4D.