(FT4) First Schneider Kreuznach Micro Four Thirds lenses coming at Photokina 2012!


A source just sent me the first info about the future Schneider Kreuznach Micro Four Thirds lenses. Schneider will offer a “range of lenses for the MFT-System starting Photokina 2012. Details will be announced in the first half of 2012“. Thanks to the anonymous source for sending me this! Keep us up to date with your “rumors” ;)

So we don’t know yet what kind of lenses they will announce but it is good to hear that they will offer a “range of lenses” suggesting that there will be many of them! I don’t know if these lenses will be mainly “cine lenses” like the one offered by Zeiss or more “photographic lenses”. Schneider has a long history of high quality lenses for Large and Medium format cameras. Currently Schneider isn’t making many lenses for the “pure” digital photography system. There are only two for Canon/Nikon/Sony:
PC TS Super-Angulon 50mm f/2.8 Lens (Click here to see on eBay).
PC TS Super Angulon 90mm f/4.5 Lens (Click here to see on eBay).

But Schneider also made many C-mount, FD, SL and M42 mount lenses in the past. Here are some of them:
Xenon 16mm f/1.2 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 25mm f/0.95 (Click here to see on eBay).
Curtagon 35mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Componon 50mm f/1.4 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 50mm f/1.9 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 50mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 75mm f/3.5 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenotar 80mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 180mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).

I am sure Schneider completely new designed and high quality lenses. But just to make them know in what kind of lens you would prefer:

What of the current C-mount lenses would you love to see in native MFT version? (3 votes max)

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In February 4 Schneider announced their membership of the m43 standard. And that was the press release:

SCHNEIDER KREUZNACH now a member of the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group
BAD KREUZNACH, 4 February 2011. Schneider-Kreuznach has joined the “Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group” – a consortium of companies with the objective of improving the possibilities and quality of compact digital cameras. Developed by Olympus and Panasonic, “Micro Four Thirds” is a standard for lens mounts that is tailored to digital system cameras. “This standard has great potential. It simplifies and improves the options for compact digital cameras and offers an excellent opportunity for the industry as a whole, as well as for us as a lens manufacturer. We are working intensively on a corresponding series of lenses,” says Dr. Josef Staub, CEO of the Schneider Group.
The standard defines the sensor size, the lens mount together with the communication protocol, the aspect ratio and the flange back distance, as well as the optical requirements for production and construction. The industry standard has been developed deliberately without taking into account conventional lenses, cameras or sensor sizes. In this way, compatibility problems with older components are avoided as is the need to compromise when designing new components.
The forum standard policy means that any member company can make and distribute accessories for the system that meet the standard. It is therefore possible to combine components from different manufacturers.

Download the press release from Schneider (.pdf)

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  • Xenon 16mm f/1.2

    But only if it has (fast) auto-focus and is not too big. Weight is not an issue.

  • Eric

    None of them if they are just adaptation. I want lenses especially designed for M43 (as usual).

    • Fully agree. We all can buy cheap adapters…

      Oh! And I need no more MF lenses. Please, build them with AF.

      • Miroslav

        I don’t think they make AF lenses.

      • JF

        I had bad experience with cheap adapters (kippon) but now my novoflex is perfect :D

      • RW

        @Miklos Rabi:

        I’m with you on this one. I use a lot of manual focus lenses, and even I don’t need any new ones by 3rd party manufacturers. There are so many fine MF lenses out there already for bargain basement prices – that I just don’t see the point of manufacturing new ones.

  • Agrivar

    Where are the Sigma m4/3 lenses?

    • admin

      That’s a good question. Sigma showed a macro prototype lens months ago but still didn’t say when it’s coming. Don’t knwo why they are waiting that long!

      • Sören

        Macro prototype? Where? I only remember the 30/2.8 mockup.

      • Joel

        Shame really as that is one Sigma u4/3 I would actually be likely to buy as it would certainly be less than half the price of the Panasonic macro.. Knowing Sigma’s history with macro lenses it would be decent too..

    • Martin

      > Where are the Sigma m4/3 lenses?

      Here, for example: http://www.43rumors.com/cameras/olympus-75-300mm-f4-8-6-7/

  • Vivek

    None of the lenses listed!

    Do you know the list price of a 25/0.95 Xenon?

  • Neonart

    Admin, you left off the 17 f.95. That would be an awesome m4/3 lens!

    Keep us posted on all the good stuff!

  • A 14mm f/3.5 tilt/shift lens?

    Would prefer a cheapie Samyang shift lens, though.

    • Vivek

      I would prefer a Tilt/Shift adapter that I can use with lenses from Nikon, Leica, Pentax, Olympus and such.

  • Mistral75

    > Currently Schneider isn’t making many lenses for the “pure” digital photography system. There are only two for Canon/Nikon/Sony (…)

    Actually there are 3 lenses produced by Schneider-Kreuznach for 24×36 SLRs, in Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K and Sony Alpha mounts:

    – PC-Super-Angulon 28mm f/2.8 (shift only, 565 g)
    – PC-TS Super-Angulon 50mm f/2.8 HM (tilt & shift, 1.4 kg, €2,800)
    – PC-TS Makro-Symmar 90mm f/4.5 HM (tilt & shift, 1.1 kg, €2,700)

    The two last ones have been specifically developed for digital SLRs.

  • Max

    Whay are they so expansive, and how can I sure they are better than the Olympus, pana-leica glass?

  • kesztió

    To be honest, I’m sick to death of additional expensive MF only lenses. Why nobody can make bright, fast auto-focus cheap lenses like 45/F1,8 (maybe a little brighter ones, F1.4 or F1.2)?!

    • Martin

      Good morning! I’ll tell you a little secret ;-): Olympus already did “make bright, fast auto-focus cheap lens like 45/F1,8”.
      In case you want even cheaper AF lenses, you’ve got two choices: either wait a few years or buy a DSLR.

      • Rob

        What a useless post.

      • kesztió

        “maybe a little brighter ones, F1.4 or F1.2”

    • Mr. Reeee

      Schneider-Kreuznach makes very high-end professional lenses, not consumer targeting lenses with “pro” stickers, name tags and a big red “X”. They’re not selling to us.

      Check out their web site, these things are the real deal. Incredible engineering and build quality. Manual. Manual focus. Way WAY out of my price range, too.

      It’s great to see such (possible) gear part of the M4/3 system. These are aspirational lenses for we the lowly users, who may dream of one day owning and using something like they offer. Aspirational products sell lots of cheaper gear. If I buy this brand, maybe one day I’ll be able to get the best they offer. This is powerful, subliminal marketing stuff and not to be underestimated. Cameras, cars, appliances, audio and video… pretty much everything sold uses the high-end to sell the low-end.

      Leica sells their slow, overpriced point and shoot cameras to those who dream of owning an M9 or one of their crazy-expensive DSLRs. Car makers advertise with race cars or luxury models, not with shots of some fat slob loading groceries into a mini-van.

      • Bob B.

        If everything you say is true…then any of the MFT sensors and these lenses are a mismatch. No?

        • Vivek

          Mr. Reeee’ post is spot on.

          This is coming from someone who had adapted and use some extraordinary lenses made for every other system from the launch of the G1.

          What do these mirrorless (Panasonic/Olympus and Sony and recently Ricoh. Samsung and others discourage that possibility) stand to gain from that (ie. use of adapted lenses)? Free publicity. No more.

        • Mr. Reeee

          Why would it be a mismatch? And certainly not with a GH2.

          There are some who use adapted Leica and Zeiss lenses on their M4/3 cameras. What will the difference with Schneider lenses, especially if they’re video-centric lenses. I’ve seen one or two, they’re huge! You’d never stick one on a GF3 and roam around town, especially without IBIS. ;-)

          • Bob B.

            I guess my point is…if I am going to have a $2000-$5000 normal-range focal length lens…me personally…I then go and buy an M9P and be done with it. ie…if I do not currently own these lenses (which I don’t, I have a 5DMark II kit and my MFT kit),..I am certainly not going to go out and purchase that caliber of glass and utilize an MFT sensor. The offerings from Pany, Oly, Samyang and even the Voigtlander Nokton make sense…after that my kit is going to be a whole different thing..if I am going to buy Leica lenses they are going on an M9P… That glass is made for something else, full-frame..with appropriate digital capture or film…not MFT. If you want to get an adapter and slap them on your MFT and play around fine…but I don’t think that is a good match up , optically or sensor-size wise. Just me, though.
            Different strokes for different folks..but that is just me.
            I am a still shooter only. No video.

      • Miroslav

        “Schneider-Kreuznach makes very high-end professional lenses. They’re not selling to us.”

        Completely agree. I don’t expect much from them. Why would they make enthusiast orientated and priced ( sub 1000 EUR / USD ) lenses just for m4/3 when they’re not making them for any other system? Only if they intend to buy Olympus imaging division :).

  • Bob B.

    I checked “None of Them” as well :-)…First of all I do not want simply an adapted lens created for a different camera system. Also, I want a lens to be designed for the MFT system, keeping the “small” factor very high on the list. Also, at this point I own the following auto focus primes: Pany 8mm, 14mm, 20mm, 25mm, 45mm/macro -Oly 12mm and 45mm. I also own the new X 14-175mm to fill in the tele hole and bought this, (my only zoom lens) for its compact size, reach, and IS with that reach.
    With the quiver I have…it is going to be very difficult for Schineider to entice me to buy a lens…so it had better be something SPECTACULAR!
    Also…with the size of the MFT format…I would like to see new offerings getting more cost effective, too.
    The lens situation has been getting very good for us….now about that sensor! LOL.
    (Max…Schneider makes excellent lenses).

    • Bob B.

      Oh..overlooked something…Maybe the “cine thing” makes more sense…but I am a stills-only guy…so I do not know anything about that.
      Actually what I would REALLY like to see is Panasonic and Canon make some cameras exclusively for still photography and drop the prices for not including all of this junk I do not need or want!!!! LOL! :-)

      • Michael Devitt

        I’m also expecting those rumored lenses will be for cinematography. If Schneider’s engineers design these lenses exclusively for 4/3 format with modern digital sensor demands in mind we’ll see another special lenses just like Cosina did with the Nokton. I’d will be even more pleased if they adopt AF system for new mFT lenses. The mFT system needs those dedicated “unique” primes rather than slow zooms to drag more attention and reduce 4/3 sensor size disadvantages over the APS-Cs.

        • Bob B.

          I agree…otherwise the Schnieder offerings do not make sense in my photo world. They have to be designed specifially for the format, auto focus or manual.

  • AndersN

    I thought Schneider-Kreuznach was Samsung’s partner?

  • bilgy_no1

    Why is it taking them soooo long to release m4/3 lenses? They announced their membership around the same time as Cosina who have already released their 25mm f/0.95 some time ago.

    Is Schneider-Kreuznach working on AF-lenses or other technical feats that are new to them, or are they just slow? All this time, they are not selling anything and the lens market is quickly filling up with interesting Panasonic/Olympus options: 25mm f/1.4, 12mm f/2, 45mm f/1.8 all great quality, bright aperture and with fast AF. There will not be much left for them to make pretty soon…

  • groubas

    This is fantastic news! We will soon have a $2000 manual focus lens to add to our arsenal. I can wait.

    • Martin

      Do you really think it will be THAT cheap? Then I can wait too :D

      • Vivek


        It is only money. :)

  • I’d love to see a native version of the Xenon 25mm f/0.95. Yes, I know, we already have the Voigtländer, but IMHO the Xenon has a very special, unique feel to it… http://massenbelichtungswaffen.de/2011/12/stay-remain/

  • Duarte Bruno

    @ Admin: Why bother do a Poll?
    Just order them descending from F-speed, you should get pretty close! ;)

  • WT21

    I don’t need any of these, but I very much welcome them to the fold! This can only continue to build excitement and acceptance of the system, and will continue to increase the value of Olympus imaging, so someone who will actually make something of it, will buy it when Olympus sells it!

  • Jedd

    I’d like to see an m43 body with something similar to peeking function from Sony first.

    • Ahem

      Just what I wanted to post as well: Panasonic and Olympus NEED to come up with a better way to support MF than their current clunky (Panasonic) or all but useless (Olympus) implementations.

      • Mr. Reeee

        I shoot primarily with manual lenses on my GH2 and have no difficulty using it. Panasonic and Olympus need higher resolution EVFs for focus assist, but that’s about it.

        Sony’s Focus Peaking is very nice, very cool.. It only works in M mode, BTW.

        • Ahem

          Brighter screen doesn’t stabilize the view. If I zoom to 14x on my E-PL1 it’s really difficult to MF due to camera shake being multiplied fourteen times.

  • The Master

    It seems like the gaps, right now, are : 10mm 2.8, 17mm 1.4 or 2.0, 32-42mm 1.2 or 1.4, and maybe a 67mm 2.0. Most of the choices in the poll, don’t even make sense, with the current AF line up. I’m sure there are those that would like some longer fast lenses, for birding and what not, too, so maybe the 180 2.8, but I suspect, that SK lenses are going to cost in the thousands and mostly designed for Cinema.

  • MP Burke

    If you look on the four thirds.org website, under cine system, you will see that some cine lenses and the Horseman TS-pro are already available for use on the Panasonic AG-AF m43 video cameras. In addition to the lenses listed above Schneider-Kreuznach make a 28mm PC lens for 35mm cameras. Perhaps some lenses designed specifically for the m43 format are coming next year. This type of announcement raises the (probably false) hope that we will get a proper wide angle (12-14mm) tilt/shift lens made for m43.

  • isaacali

    no autofocus, no care…

  • As I have found very little details on the lenses, let me just say it: IMO the m43 is missing some 100-150mm macro. It find it silly that the potential of the larger DOF is not exploited to its fullest.

    • Vivek

      The seemingly larger DOF on paper is negated by the aberrations from the glass stack (~5mm) on the sensor in the current m4/3rds cams. So, in practice the DOF remains the same or even less.

      • Brod1er

        Vivek, Please can you explain your point? Thanks

        • Vivek

          I will try..(because it is complicated).

          All the DOF tables assume a perfect lens and no further aberrations in the optical path.

          Any glass between the sensor pixel and a lens (ie., the optical path)induces aberrations.

          The thicker the glass, worse the aberrations which affect the circle of confusion adversely.

          The m4/3rds (G1 to GH-2) have a total of ~5mm thick glass (sensor cover glass, AA/UV/IR cut filter stack and the dust shaker)on their sensors. To put this in perspective, the Sony NEX-5 has a total of ~2.2mm glass.

          Hope this makes any sense.

          • Fan

            5mm? Are you crazy? I’m sure you mean 5 micro meters, not millimeters?

            • Vivek

              5mm is 5 millimeters in my Universe!

              Take a chill pill or confirm it by hacking a Pana cam yourself!

          • k

            Can you provide any links covering this topic?

            • Frederic Hew

              I haven’t hacked a pana cam myself (whatever that means) nevertheless I’m sure you’re way off the mark.

              • Vivek

                Dismantle it (=hack). Unlike you, I do not have X-ray vision to measure things without having it in my hands. ;-)
                What is your X-ray crystal ball estimate tells you? ;)

                • Frederic Hew

                  Mmmm all kinds of things… (but nothing I could share with you) :-)

                • Frederic Hew

                  OK I did a google search.

                  Couldn’t find specifics but was surprised to read that IR filters were “a few millimeter thick”. Learned something new, thanks.

                  Still, I doubt this has any impact on DOF (the classic problem would be CA and that has to do with air to glass surfaces rather than glass thickness).

                  Dummy0001 was saying that m43, for it’s smaller sensor, has a deeper field therefore is a classic choice for macro photography.

                  Empirically, this does not seem to be offset by thicker filters. Maybe your experience teaches you otherwise…

            • Vivek

              k, Search photo.net (Leica forum). Brian Caldwell’s post.

              • k

                Will do. Thanks!

    • nobody

      My Sigma 150mm macro (with Nikon mount) works very well with my GH2. Sure, it lacks AF, but that isn’t much of a problem for tripod based macro shots.

    • Mr. Reeee

      I’m not going to wait around for native M4/3 “specialty” lenses. Things like telephoto primes.
      In fact, this morning I ordered a Nikon 105mm f2.8 AI-s macro from KEH. I’m hoping it’ll replace both a Nikon 60mm f2.8 macro and Pentax 105mm f2.8 SMC Takumar.

      I probably won’t buy many more native M4/3 lenses. Maybe the 12-35mm or 12-60mm. Wide angle is really the only reason to stick with native M4/3 lenses.
      I have enough AF lenses (20mm and 14-140mm) for lazy and social shooting. ;-)

      • +1

        I’m unlikely to buy additional m43 native lenses anytime soon.

        I own the Lumix 20mm 1.7 pancake, 14-140mm zoom, & 100-300mm zoom. I’ve learned my lesson. ;-)

        Although there are many things I like about these lenses, I _hate_ that the lenses (or my GH1 & GH2 bodies) “forget” the last focus settings between power-off cycles. In other words, when the camera wakes up after sleep or power-off, the lens always reverts to some default focus setting, not the focus setting last used — even if the camera is in manual focus mode. IMHO this is a design error by Panasonic.

        In the meantime, I’m really enjoying the inexpensive, +45 year old used Nikon “F” manual SLR lenses I’ve been buying from KEH.com, mounted via a $40 Fotodiox adapter.


        • Mr. Reeee

          Yep, I have some 20+ year old Nikon lenses and a couple of 40-something Pentax SMC Takumars that are just a joy to use and give great results. There’s a certain quality that’s absent from “perfect” digital lenses.

          Funny, but I never noticed the forgotten zoom thing. The 7-14mm and 14-140mm are manual zoom, so it stays put.

          • Frederic Hew

            I think that was the focus position, not the zoom position.

            All 4:3 (micro or otherwise) park in infinity focus when the camera is turned off.

  • Andrew

    The people voting for 50/f1.4 must be assuming it will be a 100mm equivalent, because there’s alsoready a 50mm f/1.4 equivalent by Panasonic Leica.

    • leu

      that doesn’t seem like an issue at all… just focus again. This lens would have manual focus and an aperture ring, i assume so, you get what you want sometimes, now all you got to do is pay for it. Although I absolutely LOVE my old rokker f1.4, my wide vivs, and my makingon, and the fact that only paid 20$ for all of them with an 8 lens camera duffle, i would dish out serious dough if I had it for one of these. I don’t understand peoples gripes with the kit lens either. It performs wonderfully after you get the hang of it. 14-140 is out of this world in my book.

    • Rick D

      FWIW on Oly E-series cameras, the lens focus park position is user-settable. Default is last point of focus but the user can choose to have it park at infinity when powering down the camera.

      • Rick D

        [My apologies, this was intended for the comment above, on focusing. Carry on.]

  • Modern lenses should be AF. It would be nice if Zeiss took a lok at thier AF lenses for Contax G1/2 – and re-design them for m4/3. Thouse lenses were small, AF and superb IQ.

  • Z

    Are these aimed at pro video market? Cine lenses?

    Schneider : Cine-Xenar 25mm/T2.2
    Schneider : Cine-Xenar 35mm/T2.1
    Schneider : Cine-Xenar 50mm/T2.0
    Schneider : Cine-Xenar 75mm/T2.0
    Schneider : Cine-Xenar 95mm/T2.0

    • Frederic Hew

      Yes they are, as the names imply.

      Those lenses can already be mounted on m43 cameras (they have exchangeable mounts and m43 is one of the options available).

      The rumored lenses will hopefully be designed specifically for m43. Another options would be APS-C (NEX / Samsung) and m43 (as well as Nikon 1?).

  • Narretz

    Cinematic MF lenses make the most sense for SchneiderKreuznach. That and that they will show more than 1 lens could also mean that Panasonic is announcing something substantial at Photokina, i.e. GH3 and AG-AF 101 successor. Substantial as in a real upgrade, maybe even with a big technology step forward. It is likely that Schneider Kreuznach has at least some insight in the Panasonic roadmap, which should have convinced them to participate in a still very young system. I mean, it is quite a risk to offer premium lenses for such a small sensor format.
    Or it is just a boring adapation of existing lenses.

    e: I forgot how late Photokina is and I doubt Panasonic will wait so long with the announcement. Still, the timing would be about right.

    • leu

      I hope your first hypothesis proves true, with global shutter. Maybe something like could have won them over… I hope it will be a destructive force of nature, toward the competition… no, i’m sure it will be. Pany knows the competition needs to exist, so they wouldn’t take it too far.

      That part is left to vitalily and the developers.

    • Frederic Hew

      Schneider lenses are not necessarily ultra premium products, I think the brand has been somewhat glorified here.

      Their products are more or less equivalent to what the competition has to offer (e.g. zeiss in cine lenses, rodenstock in large format etc.) and are priced as such.

      • Narretz

        True, but their entry into m43 must be based on some assumptions. And they won’t sell many lenses without the bodies that match them. Even if their lenses are not exceptional, they are still pricier than what the majority is going to pay, so they must have a reason to believe they can sell enough of them.

  • They also are in alliance with Samsung. My Samsung point and shoot has a Schneider lens(TL500). Some really nice photos for a point and shoot.

  • ciao

    Give me a 18/1.4!

  • interesting news!

  • Frederic Hew


    Most, if not all, Schneider C mount lenses are still in production (e.g. 25/0.95, 17/0.95 and many others).

  • Yun

    Why nobody suggesting a tele photo lens ? Example 150-300mm . Current lenses available in MFT are quite limited & not a Pro level ( inner focusing & fast aperature ) .

  • infinity jr.

    Schneider is in an undesirable position. They do not know how to make state-of-the-art autofucus lenses. The market for high-end, expensive, large, heavy manual focus lenses will be small. Serious cinematographers will look to Canon full frame, not m4/3. Unless the GH3 is really something special (which I hope it is), I forsee Schneider losing money on this venture.

    • Matt

      Schneider wouldn’t even want to make state-of-the-art autofocus lenses, it’s not the people they’re aiming their optics at.
      Serious cinematographers actually USE the GH2 / AF-100, most often preferred over the full frame Canon models due to having better video modes image quality-wise, and more depth of field.
      Also, Schneider has always been a very niche brand in the past years, so they’re used to having a products made on order, instead of in stock.

  • infinity jr.

    of course, I meant autofOcus. :)

  • Matt

    Pointless poll is pointless. Schneider will come out with a highly specialized premium priced PC optic for m4/3rds, possibly just a re-mount, and that’s it. Nothing else.

    Xenon 16mm f/1.2
    -A Xenon 16mm would never cover the whole sensor, the Xenon lens design is not a wide angle design, it’s a standard design and will not work for wide angle optics.

    Xenon 25mm f/0.95
    -An adaptaptation of the original would vignette. It’s also completely pointless to release with the existence of the Nokton 25mm f0.95

    Curtagon 35mm f/2.8
    -Pointless, there’s plenty of 35mm f2.8 lenses that are better then the old Curtagons. They were budget lenses at the time.

    Componon 50mm f/1.4
    -Does not exist at all. There IS a componon 50mm f4, but that’s an enlarging lens, slow, and not optimized for taking pictures. Pointless and no one would ever want it.

    Xenon 50mm f/1.9
    -There’s too many 50mm f1.8s out there for this to make any sense at all.

    Xenar 50mm f/2.8
    -The Xenar is a really mediocre / budget tessar design that would make no sense for what is currently a high-end optics company. Besides, you could buy one for 20$ and adapt it right now.

    Xenar 75mm f/3.5
    -See above. Why would anyone want a slow and mediocre 150mm-e lens?

    Xenotar 80mm f/2.8
    -A good lens, but a medium format lens. A Xenotar would not make sense for such a lens due to internal reflections, faster lenses could easily be made.

    Xenar 180mm f/2.8
    -I suppose you mean the Tele-Xenar and not the Xenar? A Xenar 180mm f2.8 does not exist. The Tele-Xenar is once again a medium format lens, see above. It would be way way too large mounted on a m4/3rds camera.

    • Matt

      Oh, I forgot, a re-release of the Cine-Xenars (Which aren’t actually xenar lenses) in m4/3rd mount seems likely, too.

  • Thyl

    Weird that it should take them so long. The same with a video projector tgat was announced a year ago, but still did not materialize. Given that the Cine lenses are already available, it should only tale a couple of week to develop a specific mft mount for those. Seems to point into a more ambitious direction. Or that tgey are running out of money.

  • Ruhayat

    Well, we already have native m43 primes with full frame focal length equivalents of:

    16mm/3.5 fisheye, 24mm/1.6 (manual), 24mm/2.0, 28mm/2.5, 35mm/1.4 (manual), 35mm/2.8, 40mm/1.7, 50mm/0.95 (manual), 50mm/1.1, 50mm/1.4, 60mm macro, 90mm/1.8 and 90mm/2.8 macro.

    It’s not that hard to see there are only small gaps left in the line up:
    21mm/2.8, 35mm/2.0 (af), 50mm/1.8 (cheaper than 1.4), 105mm/1.8, 135mm/2.0, and perhaps 135mm/4.0 macro.

    I vote for 50mm/1.8 and 35mm/2.0, both with AF.

  • Ruhayat

    But, really, what I think Schneider should do is give us a line of m43 cine lenses. We only have 3 native prime manual lenses so far:

    24mm/1.6, 35mm/1.4 and 50mm/0.95. So there are lots more room to grow there, plus it will help expand m43 marketshare by appealing to the video crowd. I’d say Schneider should go for a complete set: 21-24-35-50-90-105mm.

  • Ben

    I am now waiting for the new SK lenses (MFT and HDSLR) for quite a while (actually for more than 3 years). Maybe it is time that somebody informs the company that MFT does not mean “(M)aybe in (F)our years (T)hinkable” and HDSLR does not mean “(H)ow (D)oes (S)chneider (L)enses (R)einvent” (because I think this is not necessary).

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