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Gear Announcements

New Handevision Iberit Lenses Announced, Schneider To Leave Large Format Business, Canon Grey Market Lawsuit Update {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on December 7th 2015

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

Iberit_W950

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.

Iberit_50B950

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?

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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!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Paul Empson

    I’m told.. by photographers that were about in back in the film days, prime lenses were sharp, fast and cheap.. why now, I ponder… have they become so expensive??

    Can the companies really – justify – the prices they charge?? Or is it typical PR / Marketing jobsworths adding cost match, the same as before, quality after some marketing and advertising smoke & mirrors.

    * and just to shoot my own argument down’ish.. :-D I now remember seeing an old uber 50mm lens, £6,000 and it was rated as, JUST, better overall… than my £90 ..Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D.. but still why??

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  2. Lauchlan Toal

    From a comment I left on Fstoppers when Phase One acquired the rest of Mamiya: “First Leaf, now Mamiya. It’ll be interesting to see if Schneider remains independent, especially as tech cam lenses aren’t the hottest commodity these days.”

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see them leave the large format market, though it would be a shame. If they do, I’d give them 1-2 years before Phase One owns them.

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  3. Mark Romine

    That’s sad to hear about Schneider but the photo does not match the title of the article. Aren’t those MF lenses? When I think of large format I think of lenses for 4×5 and 8×10 view cameras.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      That was the only Schneider image we had on file, but yes, those are MF lenses. We are talking about large format 4×5 or larger.

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