PhaseOne introduces 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6 leaf shutter lens from Schneider Kreuznach

Today Phase One announced a new 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6 leaf shutter lens from Schneider Kreuznach:

Schneider Kreuznach

New short zoom lens designed to deliver outstanding image quality

Copenhagen, June 2, 2014 — Phase One today announced the immediate availability of the Schneider Kreuznach 40-80 mm f/4.0-5.6 leaf shutter zoom lens. This is the second zoom lens designed for the Phase One 645 camera platform, and it offers workflow versatility without compromising image quality.

The new Schneider Kreuznach 40-80 mm f/4.0-5.6 leaf shutter zoom lens is the latest result of close optical collaboration between Schneider Kreuznach, Phase One and Mamiya Digital Imaging. It complements the existing Schneider Kreuznach 75-150 mm f/4.0-5.6 leaf shutter zoom lens.

“Designing a zoom lens with excellent optical qualities throughout the zoom range is always a challenge,” said Senior Product Manager Espen Beck, Phase One. “When the zoom range goes from a fairly wide angle perspective to a normal perspective, as our new lens does, this only adds to the design complexity. This lens has 15 optical elements, two of which are aspherical, arranged in 11 groups. We have invested greater design and engineering resources into this lens than any of those before it, and we are very proud of the results. I think that this lens will be a perfect companion for on-location photographers.”

“At first, I was skeptical when I heard about this lens that was supposedly on par with prime lenses in terms of image quality,” said Los Angeles based photographer Richard Thompson. “But I have just used it for an on location high-end car shoot, and I was blown away by its performance. The images are flawless. I would never have relied on a zoom lens for my most high-end jobs. Now, with this new short zoom lens from Schneider Kreuznach, I can.”

Pricing and Availability
The Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6 lens is priced at 6.990 EUR / 8,990 USD.

Additional information can be found here.

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  • Neopulse

    Hope to see how it performs later on. Also, thought they would announce this lens with the newer 645DF model. Go figure…

    • The phase one Schneider lenses are very good. Although, zooms will be zooms.

      Which model were you planning on using this with?

      • Neopulse

        To be honest I am leaning towards the Leica S system for the “medium format” system. I was saving up for the Mamiya Credo 60 awhile back and catching up on special deals from my hometown area which had great deals on pre-owned digital backs with store warranty and at a kick ass price. But I know myself though, I want something that is a bit resistant to the elements and especially the glass.

        Schneider is awesome I know (funny how people skip the Kreuznach part when speaking of their lenses), but I know I don’t really plan on switching bodies with this camera that’s why I know I want it. I’m building a light Fuji system with 6 lenses and waiting for the X-Pro II to come out (I own the X-E2 currently) and get later on the Leica S Type-006 comfortably when the prices drop more around the end of the year before it ceases production to make way for the new model and in turn make the S shoot back up in pricing like it did with the Leica S2/-P models. I like the idea of holding onto one camera for a very long time actually and I feel that this S is one of those.

        • I never take the manufacturers’ word on weather resistance. At the end of the day gaskets are gaskets and they can fail. Leica’s quality control isn’t good compared to e.g. Canon, Nikon, etc… that’s without considering the premium price. If I were you I’d still invest in some sort of a rain cover.

          As for ruggedness, have you seen the YouTube videos by phaseone? They only show the backs but the lenses and bodies should be at least decent.

          • Neopulse

            I’ve seen a video for example of it getting soaked and it was quite pleasant seeing that. And will definitely get a rain cover of sorts for it. Was looking at a Pelican case also for it including a carry bag for seminars and such I’d be taking it to. They are at very good price those cases. And so far the S has been in production without much of a hiccup of bad bodies. Heard the 70mm had a problem, but got fixed for free almost immediately. But, I’ve been keeping up and looks good so far the system to my liking.

            Although Phase One is quite the creme, but I don’t need a camera that can do 1/1600 flash sync or knowing that I will be trading it in every couple of years to upgrade it like most studio pros tend to do. For my personal projects I believe so far those bodies are more than sufficient for me. Lighting though, that is another story.


          • Modularity is a good thing to have, even if you’re not planning on upgrading.

          • Neopulse

            Yeah true…. but for the time being I know I am going to try to master it before thinking about moving on to a bigger medium. But for shooting at 100, 200 and 400 ISO I think it’s plenty enough 🙂 But also the pricing on that system is pricey at the moment. And kinda funny how right now there’s an awesome sale goiing on for the Mamiya Leaf Credo 60/645DF+ I just looked at right now.

            Great video, although kinda sad there wasn’t a recap on the photos he took. Was really wanting to see how it turned out especially using the Grad ND square filters. Also that car like he said was brought back to it’s original specs, even the wheels from then were put on. The owner or collector of this car has a real gem. And he chose well the Really Right Stuff tripod and head for this camera.

          • I’m not entirely sure why the link embedded a single video. The actual link is to the Phase One channel where they have videos of torturing their digital backs… which is what I wanted to point you towards.

            Oh there’s nothing special to learn with these… they’re all just digital cameras… just more expensive than the rest. If DMF was cheap everyone would be using the stuff. If you want a real challenge, get a view camera and shoot film or shoot sports with a non-motor driven manual focus film camera 😉

          • Neopulse

            Believe me, film I think is fun. Used to have a Hasselblad 500 series (can’t remember which) that was lying around that was once owned by a friend of my father’s in the mid 80’s. He had to give it up because his wife wanted him to ditch the hobby. But we had it for a long time until it got lost moving from Jersey to Miami, FL unfortunately. Will get a film medium format one day. But where I reside currently in Buenos Aires, they have very few places that process 120mm so that kinda kills the idea of owning one. When I move in a couple of years to an island in Europe for work, will get one for sure. Film is definitely not dead in my eyes. Also shooting sports I’m not so fond of here since everything is football, football and more football which is kinda boring the lack of variety in comparison to the states. I like fashion and beauty more, especially fashion.

            Pass the link again of the one you mentioned earlier.

          • Depending on how dedicated you are, you can process both B&W and colour negative at home easily. Reversal/E6 is a bit more difficult. If you have the patience you can post the film out to a lab that will process and mail back. If you’re shooting something like 6×9, the results are definitely worthwhile. You can get much more detail than what any Leica is capable of. 4×5″ and beyond there’s no comparison.


          • Neopulse

            Yeah, mailing I wouldn’t trust to be honest here especially. Because imports are banned here and searched depending on the weight. Will think about that idea though of mailing to see what are the rules when it comes to that. Thanks for the help and also great video. Very punished that IQ was…. what was missing was torrential rain almost.

          • You can put it in an underwater housing and call it a day 🙂

            Only the mailing out you need to watch out for since the film can still be exposed if opened. Mailing back would be just like any other documents.

          • That new zoom flash syncs at only 1/1000 second. Reminds me a bit of the old Rollei 6000 system lenses. Some trigger systems have trouble at faster than 1/1000 anyway, so it’s workable.

            The nice thing about the Leica S system is the ability to use other system lenses through adapters. There really is a wide selection of lenses that could be used on a Leica S. It’s definitely an interesting choice in medium format.

          • Neopulse

            Yeah I know, I could use Mamiya lenses, Hasselblad, Contax, etc and some of the adapters allow leaf shutters to work. So it’s flexible. One of the reasons why I chose as a medium format camera to own. But the Leica lenses themselves are so damn nice, especially the 120mm.

          • PGi

            Nikon is the worst when it comes to QC and how to handle it when something wrong actually happens

        • PGi

          Do not get MF without detachable back

          • Neopulse

            :-/ I know what you mean, but I know what I want exactly 🙂

      • PGi

        Yeah , but the Roddenstocks are better

  • Kynikos

    Interesting how the EUR/USD prices are fairly equivalent, instead of the Europeans just getting bent over to the tune of 1 EUR = 1 USD.

    I wish other companies would take note.

    • Mistral75

      It’s, inter alia, because the lens is meant for professionals so its price in EUR is expressed without VAT instead of VAT included as is usual for consumer equipment.

  • sayithere

    isn’t it too expensive?

  • Spy Black

    I wonder why they didn’t design it as a constant aperture lens, like the old Mamiya 645 zooms.

  • Note TheSmiley

    Is it made of plastic? Has it got “pro” written on? Pfff, M43 vomits over this 🙂

    • LOL


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