Sony became the largest shareholder of Olympus in September 2012. Since then, we’ve waited for the relationship to lead to more collaboration between the companies.
Olympus recently revealed that it will soon being supplying lens parts to Sony. According to an Olympus spokesperson,
The imaging sensor has already started to source from Sony to Olympus. And the lens [parts] and lens units will start to source from Olympus to Sony.
While Olympus refused to specify the extent of the lens parts supplies to Sony, rumors suggest that Olympus will develop a 400mm f/4 lens for Sony Alpha A-mount cameras to be unveiled in early 2014.
[via AP and SAR]
Canon rolled its 90 millionth lens off the production line last week on May 23, 2013 – with the very popular EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM be the lucky lady. This big milestone comes less than 10 months after Canon produced its 80 millionth lens in August 2012. Canon hit the 60 million and 70 million EF lens milestone in 2011.
Canon EF Lens Production Timeline
- 1987: EF lens production begins
- 1995: 10 million lenses
- 2001: 20 million lenses
- 2006: 30 million lenses
- 2008: 40 million lenses
- 2009: 50 million lenses
- Jan. 2011: 60 million lenses
- Oct. 2011: 70 million lenses
- Aug. 2012: 80 million lenses
- May 2013: 90 million lenses
At this pace, expect that 100 million lens milestone to happen in early 2014, maybe even faster if Canon makes something hot happen with the EOS M system later this year.
Recent rumors point to the replacement of Canon’s current TS-E 45mm f/2.8 and TS-E 90mm F/2.8 lenses by early 2014. [click to continue…]
Zeiss has revealed its new line of lenses for mirrorless cameras in Sony’s NEX and Fuji’s X-Series line. The new lens line is branded as the Zeiss Touit (pronounced ”to it”) will launch with the Touit 2.8/12 and Touit 1.8/32. [click to continue…]
B&H has the Sigma 19mm and 30mm two lens kit for Sony NEX cameras back in stock at $199 for both lenses with free shipping in the US. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
Along with the Nikon 1 J3 and S1 mirrorless cameras, it looks like Nikon will be dropping a pair of new lenses for its 1 Series mirrorless cameras at CES 2013. The Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4-5.6 and 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses are expected to be announced alongside the aforementioned cameras.
The 10-100mm f/4-5.6 will provide a 27-270mm equivalent zoom range for Nikon 1 cameras, while the 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 lens will offer a 18-35mm equivalent zoom range.
[via Nikon Rumors]