Will we ever see this lens?

Started Feb 7, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Will we ever see this lens?
Feb 7, 2011

With new lens makers joining the MFT consortium, bringing with them a considerable history of manual lenses, does anyone believe it's likely we'll see a manual lens which is designed to take advantage of the MFT format and lack of AF motor to deliver small size?

I long for a lens which is:

  • a 20mm (or 17.5mm) f/2

  • software-corrected to prevent the optical design being too complex and make it affordable for many users

  • equipped with a good, damped MF ring

  • designed to make a GF/EPL or similar as pocketable as possible

I'm thinking of the Pentax 40mm pancakes as an example of what to aim for: only 18mm long with an aperture ring and 15mm without. Clearly just losing the AF motor from the 20mm would lose much of its diametric bulk, but how possible is it to reduce the length?

A 15mm-long 20mm f/2 manual focus lens with software correction... is it technically feasible? Is it possible to produce a collapsing design to maximise pocketability when not in use? Is there a market for it? Surely it would be the perfect street lens...

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