Sunday, November 3, 2013

New Kodak Lenses for Micro 4/3? This Could Be Cool.

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No longer the case, in the past Kodak was known for lenses, and some really good ones. We may again see the name associated with good optics.
The great blog "The Phoblographer" is reporting an interesting find from the Photo Expo 2013 show. Apparently, Sakar, who has purchased at least some rights to the Kodak name, brought some pre-production lenses for Micro 4/3 to the show. It sounds like there was not much emphasis on them at the booth, which could mean it's just a fishing expedition by the company, and may not go anywhere. I hope that's not the case.
(Click Here) to read about it on The Phoblographer. They show pictures of three Kodak-branded lenses: a 25mm f0.95, 50mm f1.1, and 8mm f3 fisheye.
All manual focus lenses, these could be a lot of fun. It's difficult to tell if this will ever really materialize, but in any case, it's nice to see that the Micro 4/3 format is attracting lens designers to try new things.
Cosina Voigtlander and SLR Magic are already making nice manual focus lenses for Micro 4/3. I welcome competition in the market, as it can only help us as photographers to have more options.