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Schneider Kreuznach plans lens range for mirrorless and shows 14mm F2.0

By dpreview staff on Jun 14, 2012 at 18:44 GMT

Schneider Kreuznach has said it will begin making lenses for mirrorless systems, and has shown renderings of a 14mm F2.0 lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. The move will make Schneider one of the few independent lens makers building autofocus lenses for mirrorless systems, following the launches of lenses for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX from Sigma and a NEX 18-200mm from Tamron. As part of its annual review, Schneider says it will introduce a range of lenses for mirrorless cameras 'this fall,' which we're expecting to mean around the Photokina show in Cologne, this September. (via Photoscala)


Press Release:

SCHNEIDER KREUZNACH enters market for system camera lenses

BAD KREUZNACH, June 14, 2012.

Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH based in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, and its subsidiaries have recorded an increase in operating results by around 14 %. Total sales of 85.5 million euros in 2011 were roughly at prior-year level. Continual growth at the company's Bad Kreuznach headquarters contributed 51.7 million euros to Group sales, up 6 percent versus the prior-year period. "We have been making major investments at the Bad Kreuznach location and are pleased to see that the headquarters has recorded further growth," said Schneider Group's managing director Dr. Josef Staub.

Particularly the growing demand in the Automotive sector for highprecision test and measurement technology plus the overall Inspection market, for instance in the field of LCD and solar production, account for significant increases in the Industrial segment which the company expects to show continuing growth potential. The simple compact cameras business on the other hand is declining. "This does not come as a surprise. We are placing a strong focus on the innovative market for mirrorless system cameras with their interchangeable lenses and have appropriate developments in the pipeline," Dr. Staub added. Schneider- Kreuznach will launch the first lens of an all-new range of mirrorless system cameras this fall. To develop and produce these high-end lenses the company is planning additional capital expenditures at the Bad Kreuznach location. In the wide range of the Consumer market, the group has already been active with B+W filters. In addition, the portfolio was enhanced by lens attachments for Apple's iPhone last year.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Jun 14, 2012)

Pro u4/3 video market? Canon video lenses are 40 grand, if this is good quality, i can see someone paying $2500 for it.

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chris_j_l
By chris_j_l (Jun 14, 2012)

A certain rumour site says $1800 or €1500.

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nologo
By nologo (Jun 14, 2012)

Seems like it'd be more interesting on NEX than MFT.

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Crimguy
By Crimguy (Jun 14, 2012)

Don't know why. It'd be more interesting on both in my opinion.

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Chez Wimpy
By Chez Wimpy (Jun 15, 2012)

Why? Because m43 already has a super-small, super-cheap 14/2.5 pancake that is optically very good. Losing 2/3 a stop, but saving over $1000 is a pretty good trade-off. An optically excellent 21mm f2.8 equivalent lens for NEX - even at that price - sounds like a Nex-7 owner's dream-come-true.

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nologo
By nologo (Jun 15, 2012)

It's interesting on an NEX because:
-The widest lens available on it is the Sony 16mm f2.8, which isn't a terribly great lens optically.
- The NEX system in general could use more fast autofocus primes.

It's not particularly interesting on the MFT system because the Olympus 12mm f/2 and Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 are both decent primes, and are looking to come in quite a bit cheaper and smaller than this.

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Ergo607
By Ergo607 (Jun 14, 2012)

Does anyone know the dimensions?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jun 14, 2012)

Schneider already had some mirrorless cooperation with Samsung on some NX series lenses and also the advanced P&S sold in the US as the TL500, and even the Samsung-Pentax dslr. And those Korean made Samsung lenses with that name sure stand out.

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marike6
By marike6 (Jun 14, 2012)

Now you're talking. I'm a huge fan. Even just hearing the words "Super Angulon" makes me all dreamy eyed. :-) But seriously I have missed a couple of lenses I had, two favorite on my 4x5 camera were a Schneider 150 APO-Symnar and a 270 G-Claron. Obviously these m43 are going to be pricey, but maybe we'll be surprised. One can only hope.

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Robert Hoffman
By Robert Hoffman (Jun 14, 2012)

Yes, I remember the days of my Linhof Color Kardan 4x5. I had both Schneider and Rodenstock glass. They were killer lenses!

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WLW
By WLW (Jun 14, 2012)

Haha - I had a Super Angulon 90mm for my 4x5 camera and loved it! Dreamy is right!

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Gesture
By Gesture (Jun 14, 2012)

Welcome entry. Great, historic lens maker. It may not have been genuine Schneider, but the SK lens on my measly Kodak Z8612 IS is awfully good. Better sharpness, resolution and tonality than many of its competitors. Kodak could have fetched better in the marketplace, the lenses and sensors-color rendering were excellent, needed better quality processing.

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Everdog
By Everdog (Jun 14, 2012)

They could mean Canon and M43 when they say mirrorless. They may be waiting for the Canon official announcement in September. before they can mention them specifically. This would make sense because Canon and M43 have a very similar image circle size, and the lenses would have to be much larger to work with the NEX 3:2 aspect ratio.

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SaltLakeGuy
By SaltLakeGuy (Jun 14, 2012)

I have little doubt this lens WILL command it's price tag. Their reputation is pretty flawless. However that is still a specialty lens with a tough price tag for a non professional to swallow unless you're just well to do. I'd have to come into some real cash to pull that one off, but that would be an ideal focal length for me to add. We'll see how it does when it's released and reviewed.

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tt321
By tt321 (Jun 14, 2012)

It is squarely aimed at non-professional photographers. Anyone using these tools to make a living would not be able to justify this price. However, some hobbyists do earn this amount of money for a few minutes' of work.

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (Jun 14, 2012)

Any additions to the third party offerings is very much welcome. I look forward to seeing what they put out.

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The Scurvy Dog of PR
By The Scurvy Dog of PR (Jun 14, 2012)

Do I assume 'Mirrorless' to include the NEX series? If yes, I want one of these for my NEX-7... it's what I've been waiting for.

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danaceb
By danaceb (Jun 14, 2012)

looks nice and I am sure m43 will make good use of it, but how about some(faster than F2.8) APS-C mirrorless glass for once?

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onlooker
By onlooker (Jun 14, 2012)

That's a tough sell to independent manufacturers. Many APS-C users share the mount with a corresponding FF camera. That "FF compatibility" thought in the back of their minds makes manufacturers think.

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CFynn
By CFynn (Jun 15, 2012)

Schneider already make some F-mount lenses

They also make lenses for all kinds of video & cine formats

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MikeNeufeld30
By MikeNeufeld30 (Jun 14, 2012)

Scheinder Optics are pretty damn good.

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Mazevision
By Mazevision (Jun 14, 2012)

Micro 4/3 has already a good selection of lenses from few brands. This is exciting news especially for the Nex system!

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sesopenko
By sesopenko (Jun 14, 2012)

But nothing on the wide end as good as a Schneider.

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nologo
By nologo (Jun 15, 2012)

I hear the Olympus 12mm f/2 is a pretty swell lens...

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Graystar
By Graystar (Jun 14, 2012)

Big lenses on little bodies...I think the CSC concept whizzed right over Schneider's collective head.

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Wally626
By Wally626 (Jun 14, 2012)

Big or small if you are a m4/3 user the more companies making lenses the better.

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T3
By T3 (Jun 14, 2012)

This is not a "big lens". It looks pretty compact. Besides, a "big" lens on a small CSC body is still smaller than a "big" lens on a thick DSLR body, so you still come out ahead. That's what some people like Graystar don't seem to underestand. CSC isn't about being so compact you can stuff the entire camera in your pocket. It's really about just being more compact than you could ever get with a DSLR.

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Gesture
By Gesture (Jun 14, 2012)

I actually think a smaller lens on the Olympus platform and a larger lens on the Panasonic platform works well in practice.

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cdembrey
By cdembrey (Jun 14, 2012)

There are huge differences between the needs of an E-PM1 user, and a Pro shooting with an E-M5. Many people don't seem to understand this simple concept.

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T3
By T3 (Jun 14, 2012)

I use an E-PM1, and even I don't "need" to have it be compact enough to fit in my pocket. Even with a larger lens, it's still a fraction of the size of my DSLR gear.

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Anfernee Cheang
By Anfernee Cheang (Jun 15, 2012)

Big lens big lens big lens...... It is enough. The big lenses are options in the market. No one takes your money from your pocket. You can choose pancake, but you cannot stop others to choose "big lens".

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Jun 14, 2012)

First!
I think the Oly 12mm might be better and cheaper.

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Hugo600si
By Hugo600si (Jun 14, 2012)

I think the Oly 12mm will be a lot cheaper and of lower quality.

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sesopenko
By sesopenko (Jun 14, 2012)

Cheaper, yes. Better optics? Definitely no. This is Schneider we're talking about, not some Cosina built Zeiss. Schneider is up there with Leica.

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Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (Jun 14, 2012)

Have to agree with Hugo. Whatever Schneider puts out is going to be VERY good. Especially because its alot easier to make WA's without the mirror in there. Only question on these will be AF speed.

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Len_Gee
By Len_Gee (Jun 14, 2012)

I think the Schneider 12mm might be better but not cheaper.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jun 14, 2012)

There is no Schneider 12mm.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Jun 14, 2012)

Panaleica will release better and faster 14mm sooner or later.

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derfla1949
By derfla1949 (Jun 15, 2012)

Let us hope so.
Every decent lens offering is positive for the m43 system.

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