Olympus to Supply Sony with Lens Parts; Olympus 400mm f/4 Lens Coming for Sony Alpha?

Olympus Lenses for Sony NEX

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]

90 Million Canon Lenses in the Wild

Canon 90 Million EF Lenses

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.

Nikon 10-100mm and 6.7-13mm Lenses Coming to CES?

Nikon 1 Lenses

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]

Canon L-Series Lens Deals

Canon 70-200mm

B&H has some solid discounts on several Canon L-Series lenses. Check them out below.

Note that you may need to add these lenses to your cart to see the final deal prices.

Canon Rebel T3i w/ 3 Lens Kit for $669 – Cyber Monday Deal Alert

B&H has the Canon Rebel T3i with the 18-55mm IS kit lens, the EF-S 55-250mm IS lens and the EF 75-300mm lens for $669 as one of its Cyber Monday deals. You’ll need to click the “Buy Together and Save” link pictured below to get the other two lenses, which are priced at $63 and $7 (also pictured below). Check out the deal here at B&H Photo.