Schneider-Kreuznach will not produce Micro Four Thirds lenses

Schneider-Kreuznach Micro Four Thirds lenses
Schneider-Kreuznach will not produce the Micro Four Thirds lenses they introduced during the 2012 Photokina show (Super-Angulon 14mm f/2.0, Xenon 30mm f/1.4 and Makro-Symmar 60mm f/2.4).

Read the official press-release from Schneider-Kreuznach here:

"In the Film & Photo division, Schneider-Kreuznach focuses above all on lenses and filters for the moving image. The company already offers discerning customers the full range of high-quality products with lenses and filter products for cinema, film and video as well as photographic lenses. However, Schneider-Kreuznach has discontinued the production of simple compact cameras as well as its plans to produce MFT lenses for mirrorless system cameras. The company expects impetus for growth above all from products for industrial applications this year and in the near future, and is pursuing further development and production partnerships in this area. In the Imaging Systems segment, the focus is mainly on the automotive, security and medical technology industries, where optical systems are gaining importance."

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  • Neopulse

    Can we at least keep the prototypes 😀

  • FountainHead

    Are they going to update the 28 T/S?

  • foto2021

    It makes no sense for Schneider to manufacture lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras because MFT sales have stalled.

    The only manufacturer of mirrorless cameras currently showing significant increases in sales is Sony.

    • a-traveler

      It makes no sense for Schneider to make any non-645 Camera lenses, the bottom has dropped out of the traditional market.

      Industrial (machine vision) and iPhone are expanding markets http://www.iprolens.com/

  • sperdynamite

    I was surprised they ever wanted to. Even the focal length choices look like ideal APS-C choices. Of course if they want to add something to the market they should make FF lenses and offer them in Sony and Fuji mounts. I’m guess they probably can’t make AF lenses for Canikon… Not to start a flame war but MFT may have some nice cameras and lenses, but that format size just cannot compete.

    • a-traveler

      According to CIPA, DSLR sales continue drop. Sad to say, but at this point No-One is competing!

      • sperdynamite

        All camera sales are down, generally. The market is stabilizing. If camera makers imagined infinite growth forever, they were being short sighted. I would guess sales will go back to 1990s levels, or something similar.

  • Guest

    Makes sense, why should Ferrari build engines for Lada?

  • jojo

    This is no surprise, I think many of us had already written these off
    mentally. Schneider exhibited them a number of times over the years, with a number of variations, and seemingly little enthusiasm.

  • ThreeRing

    I am always shocked that there’s actually a market for thousand dollar manual focus lenses for small format cameras. I mean, it isn’t like Olympus’ lenses are terrible. Or Panasonic’s. I’m a Nikon person, but I’ve got a Four Thirds body and a micro four thirds body, and they’re all right, but I can’t see spending 1000 to manual focus on those bodies- especially after the metabones speed booster came out and made it so focal length of older film lenses isn’t an issue.

    • These lenses are (were supposed to be) autofocus. It’s not just another Samyang or Voigtländer. Sad to see they’re not going to happen.

    • Les

      As Ilya stated, these were supposed to be AF.
      The market for small manual focus Four Thirds lenses is mostly aimed at video shooters.
      You can use a SpeedBooster on a GH4 or BlackMagic, but that makes for a front-heavy camera/lens combo which is harder to use on Steadicams, or to hide on your set (if you are doing multi-camera work). It’s also nearly impossible to rack focus consistently with an autofocus lens.

  • imwesley

    It’s been nearly 3 years since they were announced and still nothing. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

  • johnny

    They have announced many lenses which never put on sale.

  • That is B.S.! I wanted that lens! Screw Schneider…

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