Schneider-Kreuznach announced three Micro Four Thirds lenses

Few months ago Schneider-Kreuznach announced that they will start producing lenses for mirrorless cameras. Today the company revealed three new lenses for Micro Four Thirds system cameras:

  • Super-Angulon 14 mm/2.0 wide-angle lens (10 lens elements with 4 aspherical surfaces, focusing range from 1:10 to ∞)
  • Xenon 30 mm/1.4 universal lens (7 lens elements with 1 aspherical surface, focusing range from 1:10 to ∞)
  • Makro-Symmar 60 mm/2.4 wide-aperture macro lens (8 lens elements, focusing range from 1:2 to ∞).

Press release:

Photokina 2012: For the first time Schneider-Kreuznach presents lenses for Micro Four Thirds system cameras

BAD KREUZNACH, 17 September 2012
Schneider-Kreuznach presents its new range of lenses for mirrorless system cameras of the Micro Four Thirds standard at this year’s photokina in Cologne. The first lens in the series, a 14 mm wide-angle lens, will be available on the market by the third quarter of 2013.

In the fourth quarter of 2013, it will be followed by a 30 mm universal lens and a 60 mm macro version. “We are delighted at the high level of interest in our involvement in MFT,” said Harald Barth, head of the Photo Imaging division at Schneider-Kreuznach.

The new series offers ambitious users of mirrorless system cameras a choice of high-precision and powerful high-end lenses “Made in Germany”. The lenses feature a high luminous intensity and a very high resolution across the entire image. Using aspheres promises perfect image results without any image correction by the camera. The compact lenses meet the same technical standards as lenses for full frame cameras manufactured in Bad Kreuznach.

The electronic interface between lens and camera provides aperture control, precise autofocus and image optimization. The high-quality aluminum housing, robust mechanics and hydrophobic coating of the outer lenses strongly protects against dust and water splashes. The new optical design with special high-refractive lens
elements is fully optimized for the specific requirements of mirrorless system cameras.

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  • Mark

    Who other than M4/3rds videographers are they targeting here? I could see these on an AF-100 but not on a OMD or even GH camera. Like, I welcome new entries but I don’t always understand the market.

    • fiatlux

      Why only videographers? Those are fully electronic, autofocusing m4/3 lenses.

      • OneQuarterSensor

        Because expensive lenses are wasted on those puny sensors. Simple physics, confirmed by experience. Believe me, experience can save thousands in this hobby.

        • CKMaui

          Yeah I never made any money with my old 1d or 1ds these puny sensors blow away early cameras and have their place !
          The OM-D in some/many ways have better files than the 5D

          While they will not replace a FF setup for some jobs they can do just fine !
          My experience says so 🙂

          How did we ever get along with manual cameras ! Guess nobody took good photos in history because they did not have the latest autofocus on the latest FF DSLR which is really a puny crop compared to med format backs 🙂

          • Yeah

            These little sensors only have their place if one requires portability. Otherwise, they don’t blow away anything, believe me.
            This is basic physics and these forums are so full of nonsense they are amusing. Novices (like you) must be protected from false information from other novices or marketing sods.

  • CL

    These look excellent except for the huge writing on the side. Nothing some gaffer’s tape cannot take care of though.

    • Banksie

      I agree. Hopefully these are just photoshopped mockups for press release photos and not the real thing. Talk about being in your face……

  • fiatlux

    Nice three-lenses kit, even though I find the “universal” lens to be a tad long at 60mm equivalent.

    Curious to see the price. Unlikely to be cheap, but is it going to be affordable or horrendously expensive? I guess I’ll keep my Panasonic 14mm/20mm/45mm primes some more time (at least a year anyway).

  • jake

    I want all of these for my EM5.

  • jake

    how much is the Xenon?

  • That 30mm lens tells me these are likely to appear for NEX mount not too long from now.

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