DJI joins the L-Mount alliance, but what does the future hold?

DJI join L-Mount Alliance
(Image credit: DJI / Leica)

Leica has announced that drone, gimbal and now cinema camera manufacturer DJI has joined the L-Mount Alliance. 

DJI has partnered with Leica to introduce the exclusive Zenmuse X9 L-Mount Unit. This means that as of now, users of the modular DJI Ronin 4D System will be able to fit Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma L-mount lenses onto their cameras and thus further extend their creative possibilities for high quality photo-and video productions. 

Matthias Harsch, CEO of Leica Camera AG said: “We are pleased to welcome DJI to the L-Mount Alliance as our new, renowned partner from the field of professional videography,” Stephan Schulz, Head of Product Management Professional Camera Systems, added: 

“Due to its innovative concepts, DJI represents an enriching addition to the alliance. This clearly underlines the relevance of the trendsetting L-Mount standard, that is now offering even more advantages for passionate and professional creatives.”

Having DJI join the L-Mount alliance is a good thing for the industry, but it does beg the question, What will have to DJI's DL-mount? 

The DL mount is DJI's own mounting system used on the Zenmuse camera system on the top of the range DJI drones and their newly released Ronin 4D cinema camera, could the DL mount be no more? We can't answer that, but it does make you think it DJI could scrap their own DL lens mounting system for the more widely supported L-mount.

(Image credit: DJI)

What is the L-Mount Alliance?

The members of the L-Mount Alliance all utilize the L-Mount Standard developed by Leica Camera AG for mirrorless camera systems. Currently, the members of the alliance are Leica Camera, Sigma, Panasonic, Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH and now DJI.

Founded in 2018, the partners in the alliance use the L-Mount Standard for cameras and lenses that are offered under their own brand names. They market their respective products as competitors, and each with their own product and marketing strategies. The alliance works together on advancing the technology of the L-Mount Standard.

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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.