Schneider Kreuznach, the german optical company behind many high performance lenses for medium and large format cameras, as well the popular B+W range of filters, has announced its intention to make lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The optical company has officially joined the MFT System group; a consortium made up of not only Olympus and Panasonic, but also Kodak, Fujifilm and more recently Cosina, the latter recently introducing the Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 Nokton.
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SCHNEIDER KREUZNACH now a member of the “Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group”
BAD KREUZNACH, 4 February 2011. Schneider-Kreuznach has joined the “Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group” – a consortium of companies with the objective of improving the possibilities and quality of compact digital cameras. Developed by Olympus and Panasonic, “Micro Four Thirds” is a standard for lens mounts that is tailored to digital system cameras. “This standard has great potential. It simplifies and improves the options for compact digital cameras and offers an excellent opportunity for the industry as a whole, as well as for us as a lens manufacturer. We are working intensively on a corresponding series of lenses,” says Dr. Josef Staub, CEO of the Schneider Group.
The standard defines the sensor size, the lens mount together with the communication protocol, the aspect ratio and the flange back distance, as well as the optical requirements for production and construction. The industry standard has been developed deliberately without taking into account conventional lenses, cameras or sensor sizes. In this way, compatibility problems with older components are avoided as is the need to compromise when designing new components.
The forum standard policy means that any member company can make and distribute accessories for the system that meet the standard. It is therefore possible to combine components from different manufacturers.