Schneider-Kreuznach joins Micro Four Thirds group

Schneider-Kreuznach, a produced of photographic lenses and other optical products announced today that they have joined the Micro Four Thirds system standard group. The CEO of the company mentioned that they are already "working intensively on a corresponding series of lenses” for the m4/3 format.

Full press release after the break:

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.

About the Schneider Group:
The Schneider Group specializes in developing and producing high-performance photographic lenses, cinema projection lenses, as well as industrial optics and precision mechanics. The group comprises Jos. Schneider Optische Werke, founded in Bad Kreuznach in 1913, and its subsidiaries Pentacon (Dresden), Schneider Kreuznach Isco Division (Göttingen), Schneider-Optics (New York, Los Angeles), Schneider Bando (Seoul), Schneider Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) and Schneider Optical Technologies (Shenzhen). The company’s main brand is “Schneider-Kreuznach”. It has around 620 employees worldwide, with 330 based in its German headquarters. For years now the group has been a world market leader in the area of high-performance lenses.

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  • Godot

    Kodak, Fuji, Sanyo, Sigma: aren’t those Four Thirds members, not Micro Four Thirds? Big difference….

    • The official website doesn’t make any differentiation between both:
      http://www.four-thirds.org/en/contact/group.html
      I think it’s one organization for both, but Schneider-Kreuznach will clearly be making m4/3 lenses.

      • Godot

        OK, interesting. Looks like a site update is in order for them, with “open” Four Thirds apparently on its last legs, and “closed” Micro Four Thirds admitting new members to the club… maybe I’m wrong, but as I understand it the regular Four Thirds members don’t automatically have a pass into the Micro club.

  • What’s a Pentax?

    Panasonic and Sanyo are both the same company. Leica has already gone on record as stating they will not produce 4/3 products.

    The 4/3 and M4/3 format is a waste. Almost everything is HD format or close to 16×9, not 4/3. You can shoot in HD letterbox on a 4/3 camera but give up a lot of valuable pixel real estate on an already undersized sensor.

    Kodak shouldn’t count either, they are on their corporate death bed. 4/3 was originally a Kodak idea; what ninnies are running the company?

    Kodak closed their cutting edge CMOS development center to focus on CCD over a year ago. CCD cannot handle video or live view in anything beyond a point and shoot. Almost all cameras are capable of doing video these days and use CMOS sensors.

    Kodak has a variation of the King Midas touch, except everything Kodak touches turns to sh$@.

    • Eric

      You are aware some people take photos instead of video right? 4×3 ratio is far better than 3×2 for portrait work. I couldn’t care less if my camera has video record functionality at all.

      • What’s a Pentax?

        Hi Eric,

        It’s just the way the market is going; it’s going to CMOS. CMOS also blows CCD out of the water when it comes to high ISO and low light performance.

        CMOS is where its at.

        I am interested in learning more about Sony’s version of the Foveon sensor. Sony just filed a patent for it. I believe it’s CMOS also but it’s supposed to have unbelievable color performance and dynamic range.

    • lennert

      Leica DID collaborate in the production of Leica Digilux 3 (Panasonic DMC-L1) + several lenses. Leica stated not to believe in m4/3 (together with change of CEO. Things might have gone different if that did not happen) but had the digilux 3 (4/3 format)

    • ZDP-189

      “Kodak has a variation of the King Midas touch, except everything Kodak touches turns to sh$@.”

      +1 LOL

      I still haven’t forgiven them for axing 127 film and chromes.

      Eric, re the format, personally I prefer 1×1 square format for a lot of my artistic still stuff. Not only is it a great creative format, I think it would be especially well technically suited to small sensor EVIL cameras.

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