Cosina has announced the Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm F0.95 manual focus prime lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. The lens gives a 35mm equivalent field-of-view on the system and has been designed with silent, stepless aperture control for videography. The lens offers a wider-angle alternative to the company's Nokton 25mm F0.95. The Japanese price translates as around $1500. (via DCWatch)

With thanks to Chris in Osaka.


 Model Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm F0.95
 Focal length 17.5mm
 Maximum aperture F/0.95
 Angle of view (diagonal) 64.6°
 Lens construction 13 elements in 9 groups
 Minimum focus distance 0.15m
 Maximum magnification ratio 1:4
 Filter size 58mm 
 Length 80.0mm
 Diameter 63.4mm
 Weight 540g
 No. of diaphragm blades 10
 Minimum aperture F/16
 Standard accessories Lens hood
 Compatible mounts Micro Four Thirds