Kowa to make MicroFourThirds lenses.


Image Courtesy Reinhard (Pen and tell)

Kowa announced yesterday that they will be making the 350mm f/4, 500mm f/5,6 and 850mm f/9,6 telephoto lenses for MicroFourThirds!
A suggestion: Make a MicroFourThirds version of the Kowa 67mm f1.2 lens (Click here to see it on eBay)…That would be an interesting lens!

  • Hell yea! Make that 67mm f1.2 with autofocus and I’m sold :).

    • Jules

      That 1.2/67 would be a toy lens to me :

      “Please note that the lens has no variable aperture or focus! Its aperture is fixed at f/1.2. Its focus distance is fixed at about 0.4m (1.3 feet) from the camera, 0.25m (10 inches) from the front lens. The lens thus is mainly suitable for close-up photography. The lens itself gives about 1/4 life-size. Higher magnification is possible by adding extension tubes/extenders (not included). There is no electrical contact on the mount. “

      • Gearhead

        That’s due to the fact that the lens is simply a Canon EF mount glued to a slide projector lens. So I won’t take it as a benchmark for a “regular” Kowa lens. ;)

      • Oh well. I was under the impression it was a ‘regular’ lens. No use for a fixed aperture.

  • Ulli

    i’ll go for the 850 mm……

  • kesztió

    Is suspect these lenses at such low prices cannot be autofocus ones. Am I right?

  • Wow, surely won’t fit in my pocket :)

  • fta

    Please don’t let this be like the fixed aperture Sigma 500mm mirror lenses and the like… Sounds like they might just slap an adapter on those cheap $100 mirror lenses and call it a day… :( and of course no auto-focus.

  • burnardo

    For video we need decent lenses for the MFT system. f2.8 and 12mm zoomable at least with AF an IS. How else should one get a shallow DOF look and/or a proper wide angle lens. 24mm to around 70 equivalent is what I need. 14-140 f4? 28 is not wide enough, f4 is not fast enough, 280 is too long for handheld or shoulder support video.

  • Henrik

    What about AF and IS? Shouldn’t you provide that info? No? I see.

  • Miroslav

    Manual focus, see dpreview link:

    “If you’re into digiscoping, KOWA will be known to you as a manufacturer of high quality spectives.

    They have announced to introduce 350 f/4, 500 f/5,6 and 850 f/9,6 telephoto lenses, that can be adapted to mFT mount.

    The lenses consist of flourite crystal, have two seperate focus drives for quick manual focussing and a four digit price tag (according to Reinhard Wagner of oly-e.de).”

  • Emil Ule

    Wonderful. It would be good idea, to read the first source:


    There’s a sample source made with the Kowa-Lens too…

  • DonTom

    It’s good to see a telephoto lens can also be used as a telescope, usually it’s the other way round. Will look for comments on birdforum about this for sure. Hopefully they introduce decent eyepieces for it.

  • oomomo

    Uhmm… kindly stop making suggestions for every fast lens to be converted/adapted to m4/3.

    It’s getting really stupid now… it’s like an old joke being repeated again and again.

  • John Doe No. 5

    500mm f/5,6 in combination with the 2x crop factor = 1000mm 35mm-equivalent field of view – could be interesting for some birders.

  • Alexander

    Wish they stayed wit normal four thirds, hate those pen camera’s.
    Gonna swap to Nikon in about a few months.

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