Astrodesign, Kenko Tokina and Tamron join the Micro Four Thirds System standard

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Full list of companies supporting the m4/3 standard

After Komamura joined the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group last year, today Olympus announced that Astrodesign, Kenko Tokina and Tamron have also joint the group:

Olympus Imaging Corp. and Panasonic Corporation jointly announced the Micro Four Thirds System standard in 2008 and have since been working together to promote the standard. Now we are pleased to announce that three more companies have recently declared their support for the standard and will be introducing products compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard.

ASTRODESIGN, Inc., a developer of advanced imaging-related equipment, such as the 4K camera system, that incorporates the latest technology; Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd., one of the world's leading manufacturers and developers of interchangeable lenses for digital and film SLR cameras; and Tamron Co., Ltd., an internationally renowned manufacturer of precision optics who has been providing powerful, high-quality lenses for a wide variety of fields for more than half a century. With the addition of exciting new products from these companies, the Micro Four Thirds lineup will become much more diverse, further increasing the potential of this advanced digital imaging system.

As the originator of the Four Thirds System and Micro Four Thirds System standards, Olympus Imaging Corp. will continue to develop and enhance the product lineup for both standards to meet the diverse needs of our customers.

ASTRODESIGN, Inc.

A Japanese company established in 1977 that designs and develops professional video equipment and measurement/analysis-related equipment. Well known for developing the world's first programmable signal generator and the Ultra HDTV image processor devices used at Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan.

ASTRODESIGN, Inc. Website
http://www.astrodesign.co.jp/english/

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd.

A Japanese company established in 1957 that designs and develops a wide variety of photographic supplies and optical products. It is Japan's largest manufacturer/seller of lens filters.

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. Website
http://www.kenkoglobal.com/

Tamron Co., Ltd.

A Japanese company established in 1950 that designs and develops interchangeable SLR camera lenses, lens units for surveillance, as well as ultra-precision optical components based on the integration of advanced optical, electronic and precision machinery engineering technologies.

Tamron Co., Ltd. Website
http://www.tamron.co.jp/en/

The outlines of the standards can be checked at the Four Thirds website

http://www.four-thirds.org/en/
http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/index.html

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  • Steve

    Well, Fuji has basically dropped out and gone APS-C with their own mount. We won’t see m43 from them.

  • sartinsauce

    Anyone know what became of that Kenko Interchangable camera from last year? I heard it got “lost” on the way to CES/PMA but never heard anything after that. Was it m43?

    • http://photorumors.com PR admin

      no, did not hear anything either, maybe better that way:)

  • dbas

    That’s a pretty impressive list, but no one other than Olympus and Panasonic have made any meaningful contributions to the format.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/57thStIncident 57thStIncident

      Cosina has contributed some Voigtlander-branded primes.

      Sigma has introduced some primes too recently though it’s hard to call them particularly meaningful as they appear to be designed more for the benefit of Sony e-mount.

      I guess there are also Leica-labeled Panasonic lenses, though I don’t know if that should “count”.

      Anyway, it’s still good news for m4/3 — the industry thinks there’s sufficient interest that Tamron and Tokina are probably considering offering more third-party lenses for the mount. Choices are good.

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