(UPDATED) Schneider 14mm has AF and costs less than €1.500. Two more m43 lenses in 2013.

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The German Fotomagazin (Translation here) and Photoscala had a chat with the Schneider Kreuznach managers.  The just announced 14mm f/2.0 Micro Four Thirds lens has autofocus and nano surface coating. It’s made of 10 lenses and four of them are aspherical. It’s made in Germany (a guarantee for top quality) and it will be priced at less than €1.500 ($1800). That’s a less than the price of the Angulon lenses made for Nikon mount which do cost over $2,000 at Amazon (Click here to see it – has T/S). The lens will ship in early 2013. And Schneider also said that they will announce two more m43 lenses in 2013.

Back to the 14mm f/2.0 lens. Don’t know if it can compete against the other lenses like:
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 (Price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay). 2mm wider but with high image quality I doubt Schneider will beat it to justify the price difference (if my guesses price is correct).
Panasonic 14mm f/2.4 (Price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay). Slower lens and certainly the Schneider will have a much greater image quality. But the real advantage of the Panasonic is the pancake size.

Anyway, thanks Schneider for joining the system! It’s great to have so many wide angle lens options!

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Schneider announces the new Micro Four Thirds lenses!

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Finally Schneider announced the first Micro Four Thirds lens, it is the 14mm f/2.0 Super Angulon and it looks great on these picture! 🙂
The lens will be available in Autumn.  Schneider also said that they plan to release more m43 lenses next year. The 14mm lens will be made in Germany. The lens has to compete against the 2mm wider Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens. There is no info about price but usually Schneider Angulon lens price is really high…over $2,000 at Amazon (Click here to see it). But this m43 version has no T/S and I am sure it will be much cheaper.

Press release at Photoscala (Click here for the english translation), Fotointern (Translation here) and SystemKameraForum (Translation here).

Is that lens a nice addition to the m43 lens line?

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(FT3) One of the Schneider lenses may be a 14mm f/2.0 high quality wide angle.

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The Leica-R version of the Schneider 28mm f/2.8 lens.

It’s 10am here in Germany and in 1-2 hours Schneider will announce the new Micro Four Thirds lens (or lenses). I just got a possible spec about one of the lenses. It’s a 14mm f/2.0 Super Angulon (the specs are unconfirmed so there is a 50% the info is correct). It’s a completely newly designed lens. Schneider made some similar lenses in the past for different Full Frame systems. It’s a 28mm f/2.8 (See them here on eBay). You see an image of the Leica-R version on top. I don’t know if it has autofocus or not. But I have been told the new lenses are all very top notch high quality lenses. Be prepared, there will be no cheap lens 🙂

Stay tuned on 43rumors! And let me know if you find some last minute leak!

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(FT5) Schneider announcement between 11 and 12am Berlin time (Follow us!)

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Super Angulon for Contax mount.

Schneider will unveil the new Micro Four Thirds lens (or lenses) sometimes between 11 and 12 am Berlin time. I am still not sure about how many lens we will see but these are newly designed lenses and one of the them is certainly a wide angle Super Angulon.

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A selection of current non m43 Schneider lenses:
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).

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Silver E-M5 ships on June 20th at Amazon.

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For a couple of hours Amazon informed that the Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens (Click here) will be in Stock on June 20th. As you know the Silver E-m5 had much more preorder requests than expected and indeed is out of Stock almost everywhere like at Amazon Germany, and only three of them are in Stock at Amazon UK. Of course you can find some on eBay (Click her to see auctions) but all are overpriced. I think it’s save to sya that it will still need 3-4 weeks before the camera is regularly in Stock. And a month after that Panasonic will announce the GH3. That is going to be a battle between two giants!

P.S.: Mike Kobal (Click here) posted a short Fuji X Pro1 vs Sony Nex-7 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 video.

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