KIPON releases world-first full-frame lenses for new Nikon Z & Canon R mount cameras from third-party manufacturer

Today Kipon announced their first five new manual focusing lenses for Canon EOS-R and Nikon Z cameras. Those lenses are already available as E-mount version at Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK.

Press text:

KIPON announced ELEGANT series lenses, world-first full-frame lenses for new Nikon Z mount and Canon R mount cameras from third-party.

After 6 years non-stop learning for how to make high quality lenses, KIPON accumulated rich experience now, The reason why we use ELEGANT to name this lineup is because we want to transfer exactly how we develop these lenses from design to manufacture.They are consistent with our inertial thinking and philosophy about developing products in our company.

Lenses would be available before the end of Dec 2018,price as below,
24mm/f2.4 (For Nikon Z&Canon RF) 499USD
35mm/f2.4 (For Nikon Z&Canon RF) 468USD
50mm/f2.4 (For Nikon Z&Canon RF) 325USD
75mm/f2.4 (For Nikon Z&Canon RF) 355USD
90mm/f2.4 (For Nikon Z&Canon RF) 386USD


Thanks Mistral!

Panasonic: 8k on MFT is complicated while 8k on Full frame is coming in 2020

L-rumors spotted and translated this new Panasonic interview posted by the french website Mizuwari. And yes there are some bad news for MFT and good for the future L-mount fans:

1) Panasonic’s first goal is to give current MFT users a possibility to step up into Full Frame.

2) There are some physical limitations with MFT that Panasonic wants to overcome with Full Frame. Panasonic had no doubt that theyr would arrive in full format one day or another, because technically speaking the 8K on Micro 4/3 is complicated, if not impossible.

3) Panasonic will keep the promise and announce an 8K Full Frame camera by 2020

4) The full format will not meet the expectations and needs of a lot of users who will choose to turn to Lumix, if only because of size and price. So, of course, again, we will continue to release Micro 4/3 lenses and cameras, and our 10-25mm f / 1.7 under development is a good example of this.

5) Already 8 years ago Panasonic was thinking about going Full Frame

I wonder what Olympus managers are thinking right now. Will they go Full Frame too?

Sony says we got no problem making f/1.0 lenses but f/1.2 are economically more feasible

Oh yes folks, we are back talking about the mount size discussion. Nikon somehow introduced that viral argument that “Bigger is Better” when it comes to mount size and the web is full of heated debates on this.

It’s my understanding that yes mount size can give you in some occasions a little bit of advantage but that this is actually negligible and certainly not as remarkable as suggested by the Nikon marketing machine.

Sony manager Tanaka just gave a clear answer on that matter: No, mount size doesn’t matter! Sony would have no issue making f/1.0 autofocus lenses but the real limit here is economical and practical. Such a lens would be huge and very expensive. Mr. Tanaka said that f/1.2 autofocus lenses make much more sense.

My personal bet is that Sony will launch a 85mm f/1.2 FE lens to smack it into the face of Nikon marketing machine :)

Nikon says that “In theory” they could make f/0,65 Z-mount lenses!

The french website Mizuwari interviewed Nicolas Gillet from Nikon France. Here are some key info:

1) Nikon wants to beat Sony in the European Full Frame market (Currently Sony leads it).
2) With the Noct-Nikkor 58mm f / 0.95, they just want to show what we are capable of doing when they detach ourselves from all the F-mount limits.
3) Nikon’s optical engineers have calculated that the Z mount can accept lenses up to f/0.65!

I am pretty sure Nikon has no plan to make a f/0,65 lens. It would be terribly expensive and terribly big. But good to know they can do it :)


These are the two next Sony FF sensors that will be sold to all camera manufacturers

SonyAlphaRumors got realiable info about the next two Full Frame sensors that will go on market in 2019:
Sensor 1:
16 channels (which is crazy, normally it should be 8),
Sensor 2:
on-chip PDAF
These sensors can be bought by any company. I guess Pentax will use them first and maybe Nikon later. I doubt Canon will use them as this would mean they would have to give up their whole sensor department :)

First Olympus E-M1X specs: 20MP, 18 fps, 7+ EV stabilization and price close to $3,000!

43rumors unveiled the first specs of the new Olympus OMD E-M1X camera:

Name: E-M1X OMD camera
Sensor: 20MP

Frame rate: 18fps
7.5+ EV
Body Size: 144.37 x 146.765 x 75.345mm (body with a built in vertical grip)
High Res: Can shoot handheld High Resolution images (around 80MP)
Photography focus: Sports and Wildlife shooters
Price: close to $3,000

Launch: January 2019

And one source shared some more insights on this camera:

The camera is the perfect working tool. It’s worth the high price of $3,000, I guess from what I’ve seen. Lying in the hand like the legendary E-1 (see picture on top). It’s even better balanced than the MKII. You hardly notice the little extra weight. With the 300 F4 as well as with a 45 F 1.8 the camera sticks in your hand as if glued on.

The sensor exceeds all expectations, as does the stabilizer. The camera has 3 types of high res shoots. What really pleases me is that finally the charging via 15 V USB port works. Then I can finally charge my Powerbanks via solar cells while hiking in Nepal and then connect them to the camera. But the best will be the extremely high data transfer rate when transferring live data to a server over the air.

The charger charges the battery extremely fast, thanks for the investment of an additional $4.80 in development. for those who have waited a long time, the mc-20 also comes. So, look forward to the launch of the camera at the end of january 2019 and 2 more “small cameras” next year. You will smile when you see them.

No doubt Olympus will make a great camera but the E-M1X price is close to the Sony A7rIII and Nikon Z7 Full Frame cameras…will Olympus really sell enough of E-M1X cameras to make some profit?