Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.
Handevision Announces 5 New Premium Lenses
Handevision made waves with their ultra fast F/.95 lenses over the last several years. Other than some initial wow factor, though, the quality left a little to be desired, especially wide open. But, learning from their success and failure, the company is back with a whole load of new lens announcements.
The German company has gone a little nuts, and announced five new lenses, primarily for mirrorless camera systems including Sony, Fuji, and Leica. All of the lenses share an F/2.4 aperture, a choice made to keep the size and weight of these units small. Focal length wise, these lenses will come in 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm running the gamut of popular portraiture field of view.
The 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm variants are expected to begin shipping in January of 2016, with the 24mm and 90mm lenses shipping at some point later in 2016. As far as pricing goes, these lenses will range from $480 to $660 based on conversions from Chinese currency.
I will be curious to see if the company has managed to improve upon the performance of their lenses wide open. If they have, the build quality and craftsmanship was already top notch, and if the image quality comes up to par, these will be great manual focus lenses.
The new lenses, called Iberit, will be an interesting option for sure. Interested readers can head over to the Handevision website to learn more. Stay tuned for pre-order information.
Schneider To Exit Large Format Lens Business?
Next up, we have another interesting bit of information coming out of Germany, this time regarding premium lens maker Schneider Kreuznach. According to a new report out of Photo Rumors, they have received a tip that the German company will exit the large format lens business.
This news, if true, is fairly big news as there are not many players in the large format game these days. An exit from Schneider would mean even fewer options for those looking to take advantage of a large format film camera.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor this news out of Germany.
Canon Grey Market Lawsuit Update
Canon Rumors posted an update on Canon’s ongoing lawsuit against grey market sellers here in the USA today. According to the report, Canon has updated their suit naming an individual, F&E Trading CEO Albert Houllou.
According to Canon, Houllou is the controlling interest in several of the companies who they originally named in their suit. Big Red is alleging that the following YouTube video is proof of Houllou’s involvement.
This is an interesting development in this case as now it is no longer just Corporation A and Corporations B and C; now there is a name for Canon to hone in on, giving them more leverage in settlement talks. Not only can they go after his companies assets, now Canon can set their sights on Houllou’s personal assets as well.
Things are not looking good for Houllou and the USA’s crop of grey market importers.
What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!