September and Photokina 2014 news round-up
Photokina is the world’s biggest digital imaging event and it takes place once every two years. This September we were lucky, but the trade fair has gone by too fast. Either way, here is our Photokina 2014 news round-up, which is detailing the most exciting camera and lens launches that occurred during this event.
Olympus E-M5 replacement is “ready”, says company’s president
Ogawa Haruo is the President of the Imaging Division at Olympus. The company’s representative has made some interesting claims during an interview at the Photokina 2014 event. When asked about the Olympus E-M5 replacement, he said that the mirrorless camera is “ready” and that it is the next in line for an official announcement.
Nikon professional mirrorless camera might happen one day
Dirk Jasper, Product Manager of Professional Products Planning Division at Nikon Europe, has defended the company’s policy of launching 1-inch-type MILCs because the devices are company and this is how they should be. However, the company’s representative has hinted that a Nikon professional mirrorless camera could happen one day.
Canon full frame mirrorless camera could be in the works
Masaya Maeda, Canon’s Managing Director and Chief Executive of Image Communication Products Operation, has revealed that the company is researching and developing a new lens mount other than EF, EF-S, and EF-M. His words have sparked a wave of rumors related to the possibility of a Canon full frame mirrorless camera launch.
Kodak PixPro FZ201 compact camera unveiled at Photokina 2014
One of the most iconic imaging companies in the world is still struggling, but it is trying very hard to make a successful comeback. One of the steps towards more profitable days is the introduction of a compact camera with a 20x optical zoom lens. The product in question is the Kodak PixPro FZ201, which has been announced at Photokina 2014.
Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens announced at Photokina 2014
Samyang has released a “photo” version of the 50mm T1.5 AS UMC cine lens at the Photokina 2014 event. This model has been demanded by photographers, so the company has decided to deliver it at the world’s biggest digital imaging event. The Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens is official and will be released in the near future.
Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA lens price to be €1,399 in Europe?
A visitor attending the Photokina 2014 event, Viktor Pavlovic, has also received word for an unnamed source claiming that the Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA lens price will stand at €1,399 in Europe. Additionally, the prices of the three other FE-mount lenses in development have been leaked ahead of their “early 2015” release date.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 will not be released anytime soon, says rep
In an interview with photographer Jordan Steele, a Fujifilm rep has confirmed that a replacement for the X-Pro1 will not be launched in the near future. It appears that the company wants to determine whether users want an electronic viewfinder or a hybrid model in order to make sure that the Fujifilm X-Pro2 will meet their demands.
Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX lens spotted at Photokina
Tokina has joined the Photokina 2014 event in order to show off two lens prototypes. The Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX lens is aimed at APS-C cameras and it will replace the current 11-16mm f/2.8 version. On the other hand, the Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX lens has been developed for cameras with full frame sensors.
Pentax full frame DSLR to be released in 2015, says Ricoh
The prayers of a multitude of Pentax fans will be answered in 2015. Ricoh has confirmed that the company is currently working on a Pentax full frame DSLR. Furthermore, it appears that the camera will be released sometime in 2015. On the other hand, three new K-mount optics were on-display at Photokina 2014.
Olympus 300mm f/4 and 7-14mm f/2.8 lenses spotted at Photokina
The first real-life photos of the Olympus 300mm f/4 and 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO-series lenses have been revealed. Prototypes of these Micro Four Thirds optics are on-display at Photokina 2014 and they are drawing a lot of attention at the world’s largest digital imaging event. Olympus’s reps are also claiming that the optics are coming in 2015.
First Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L lens photo leaked on the web
The long-rumored Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L lens was supposed to be released at Photokina 2014. However, the product has not appeared at the event. It seems like the product is still in development, as the first photo of this wide-angle lens has appeared on the web, while Canon is teasing the launch of new optics.
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 II ASPH lens launched
Panasonic has made two more lens-related announcements at Photokina 2014. The first is referring to the Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 II ASPH lens, which will become available on the market by the end of 2014. The second actually confirms the development of the 30mm f/2.8 Macro lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Samsung NX 50-150mm f/2.8 S lens officially announced
Samsung has taken the wraps off of its second premium S-series lens. The new Samsung NX 50-150mm f/2.8 S lens is now official at Photokina 2014. It has been designed for NX-mount mirrorless cameras, but the company will surely be looking to turn it into an attractive solution for potential buyers of the new NX1 camera.
Samsung NX 300mm f/2.8 S ED OIS lens development confirmed
After announcing a new flagship NX-mount mirrorless camera, called the NX1, and a premium telephoto zoom lens, the 50-150mm f/2.8 S, Samsung has confirmed the development of another high-end optic. The Samsung NX 300mm f/2.8 S ED OIS lens is on-display at Photokina 2014 and it should be unveiled sometime in the future.
Voigtlander 10.5mm f/0.95 Nokton lens becomes official
Voigtlander has revealed several new lenses at Photokina 2014. There are three new Leica M-mount models and one for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The most interesting of them all is the latter which consists of the Voigtlander 10.5mm f/0.95 Nokton lens. It comes with a really fast aperture and it should be released soon.
Fujifilm XF 140-400mm f/4-5.6 lens previewed at Photokina 2014
A lot of things are going on at Photokina 2014 at the moment. After the official announcements have been done, companies have started confirming the development of multiple products. Such is the case of the Fujifilm XF 140-400mm f/4-5.6 lens, which has been revealed as the super telephoto zoom lens on the X-mount roadmap.
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM II lens becomes official
Canon has introduced a new lens that is powered by the second-generation diffractive optical elements. The Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM II lens has been officialized at Photokina 2014 as an optic that delivers superior image quality in a compact and lightweight package, when compared to the EF 400mm f/2.8 IS II USM.
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens officially launched
Canon’s “year of the lenses” continues with the introduction of the company’s first standard zoom lens with a stepping motor. The brand new Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens has been rumored several times and it has become official at Photokina 2014 as an affordable alternative to the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens unveiled in a slim, compact body
Canon has concluded its lens announcements with the introduction of its slimmest and lightest lens for EOS DSLR cameras with APS-C image sensors. The brand new Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens is an affordable model in a lightweight body, whose stepping motor makes it perfect for videographers, the company has confirmed.
Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens announced
Sony has officially revealed the Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens. Its development was confirmed earlier in 2014, but a proper unveiling has taken place at Photokina 2014. In addition, the company has also confirmed that four new optics will be announced for E-mount full frame cameras by the end of 2014.