Phase One has announced a new and expensive Schneider-Kreuznach 2x teleconverter compatible with the company’s cameras and several telephoto lenses.
Phase One has bought a large stake in Mamiya a few years ago and the company has started making stunning, but expensive medium format cameras. There are several lenses for its shooters and, instead of expanding the lineup, the company has decided to release a 2x teleconverter with the help of Schneider-Kreuznach.
Schneider-Kreuznach 2x teleconverter officially announced and released by Phase One
The manufacturer says that photographers have “requested” a 2x teleconverter, so that they would get more “flexibility”, in order to take their photography to the next level. This is why Phase One has unveiled and released the Schneider-Kreuznach 2x teleconverter, which turns medium-range lenses into long-telephoto ones.
The new accessory is compatible with the Schneider-Kreuznach 150mm and 240mm lenses, as well as with the Mamiya 150mm AF optic. This means that these products will provide double the focal length equivalent, taking the total to 300mm and 480mm, respectively.
Autofocus not working, users will rely on manual focusing instead
There is a downside, unfortunately, as autofocus will not be working. This means that photographers will have to use manual focusing each time they appeal to the “teleconverter solution”.
Either way, Phase One says that the teleconverter can be used for landscape photography, in which case manual focus will not be such a big burden, as you simply have to find a nice spot and start shooting.
Schneider-Kreuznach 2x teleconverter is already available, but most people will not like the price
Phase One says that it has worked together with Schneider Kreuznach and Mamiya to develop this lens. Moreover, it is already available at the company’s partners around the globe.
The price stands at $1,990 in the US and €1,490 in Europe. This might be a little too costly for a teleconverter, but it is not like Phase One cameras and lenses are not expensive, so customers should already be accustomed to these amounts.
The company added that it recommends a support rail system for the digital system, which would cut down shakes and other vibrations. More information can be found in Phase One’s PDF file