Lenses : Tokina and Tamron join Micro 4:3 standard, new lenses coming

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Olympus Pen and Panasonic Lumix G families can celebrate the announcement of new lenses to come in M4:3 mount produced by Tamron and Tokina. A few days before the CP+ opens to the Japanese photographers with tons of new Lumix and Cyber-shot expected as well as the anticipated Olympus OM-D, Olympus published a press release announcing that tamron and Tokina will join Micro Four Thirds organization. During the CES 2012, Sigma unveiled two prime lenses in M4:3 mount, its first ones. With Tamron and Tokina joining in, all three major independant lens manufacturers from Japan will soon offer Pen and Lumix G lenses. Samyang, from Korea, has already launched a 7.5mm F3.5 fisheye lens for M4:3 cameras that will directly compete with Panasonic Lumix G 8mm F3.5mm fisheye lens.

You know that a mirrorless camera range can only be successful if its lens offer is attractive. This is what M4:3 is about to achieve. Sony, with probably the best hybrid cameras is burdened by a poor lens offer, lenses that are not attractive nor compact enough to blend with the superslim NEX-5N and NEX-C3 for instance.

Earlier this month, as I flew to Las Vegas for the CES 2012, I seized the opportunity to spend 48 hours on a photography marathon in Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon National Parks to test the Panaosnic GX1, with the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm lens, but also with the 7-14mm, the Leica Summilux 25mm F1.4, the 20mm F1.7 pancake, and the Vario PZ 45-175mm. Expect the review soon. I can’t tell you how amazed I was by the light weight of my camera backpack !

In this announcement, Olympus also welcomes Astrodesign, the japanese manufacturer of astrophotograhy equipment as a new member of the MFT consortium.

Here is Olympus Press release :

Olympus Imaging Corp. and Panasonic Corporation jointly announced the Micro Four Thirds System standard in 2008 and have since been working together to promote the standard. Now we are pleased to announce that three more companies have recently declared their support for the standard and will be introducing products compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard.

ASTRODESIGN, Inc., a developer of advanced imaging-related equipment, such as the 4K camera system, that incorporates the latest technology; Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and developers of interchangeable lenses for digital and film SLR cameras; and Tamron Co., Ltd., an internationally renowned manufacturer of precision optics who has been providing powerful, high-quality lenses for a wide variety of fields for more than half a century. With the addition of exciting new products from these companies, the Micro Four Thirds lineup will become much more diverse, further increasing the potential of this advanced digital imaging system.

As the originator of the Four Thirds System and Micro Four Thirds System standards, Olympus Imaging Corp. will continue to develop and enhance the product lineup for both standards to meet the diverse needs of our customers.

ASTRODESIGN, Inc.

A Japanese company established in 1977 that designs and develops professional video equipment and measurement/analysis-related equipment. Well known for developing the world’s first programmable signal generator and the Ultra HDTV image processor devices used at Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan.

ASTRODESIGN, Inc. Website
http://www.astrodesign.co.jp/english/

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd.

A Japanese company established in 1957 that designs and develops a wide variety of photographic supplies and optical products. It is Japan’s largest manufacturer/seller of lens filters.

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. Website
http://www.kenkoglobal.com/

Tamron Co., Ltd.

A Japanese company established in 1950 that designs and develops interchangeable SLR camera lenses, lens units for surveillance, as well as ultra-precision optical components based on the integration of advanced optical, electronic and precision machinery engineering technologies.

Tamron Co., Ltd. Website
http://www.tamron.co.jp/en/

The outlines of the standards can be checked at the Four Thirds website

http://www.four-thirds.org/en/
http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/index.html

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