Photokina is the world’s biggest digital imaging event and it takes place once every two years. This September we were lucky, but the trade fair has gone by too fast. Either way, here is our Photokina 2014 news round-up, which is detailing the most exciting camera and lens launches that occurred during this event.
Ogawa Haruo is the President of the Imaging Division at Olympus. The company’s representative has made some interesting claims during an interview at the Photokina 2014 event. When asked about the Olympus E-M5 replacement, he said that the mirrorless camera is “ready” and that it is the next in line for an official announcement.
One of the most iconic imaging companies in the world is still struggling, but it is trying very hard to make a successful comeback. One of the steps towards more profitable days is the introduction of a compact camera with a 20x optical zoom lens. The product in question is the Kodak PixPro FZ201, which has been announced at Photokina 2014.
Dirk Jasper, Product Manager of Professional Products Planning Division at Nikon Europe, has defended the company’s policy of launching 1-inch-type MILCs because the devices are company and this is how they should be. However, the company’s representative has hinted that a Nikon professional mirrorless camera could happen one day.
Masaya Maeda, Canon’s Managing Director and Chief Executive of Image Communication Products Operation, has revealed that the company is researching and developing a new lens mount other than EF, EF-S, and EF-M. His words have sparked a wave of rumors related to the possibility of a Canon full frame mirrorless camera launch.
Samyang has released a “photo” version of the 50mm T1.5 AS UMC cine lens at the Photokina 2014 event. This model has been demanded by photographers, so the company has decided to deliver it at the world’s biggest digital imaging event. The Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens is official and will be released in the near future.
In an interview with photographer Jordan Steele, a Fujifilm rep has confirmed that a replacement for the X-Pro1 will not be launched in the near future. It appears that the company wants to determine whether users want an electronic viewfinder or a hybrid model in order to make sure that the Fujifilm X-Pro2 will meet their demands.
A visitor attending the Photokina 2014 event, Viktor Pavlovic, has also received word for an unnamed source claiming that the Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA lens price will stand at €1,399 in Europe. Additionally, the prices of the three other FE-mount lenses in development have been leaked ahead of their “early 2015” release date.
The first real-life photos of the Olympus 300mm f/4 and 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO-series lenses have been revealed. Prototypes of these Micro Four Thirds optics are on-display at Photokina 2014 and they are drawing a lot of attention at the world’s largest digital imaging event. Olympus’s reps are also claiming that the optics are coming in 2015.
The long-rumored Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L lens was supposed to be released at Photokina 2014. However, the product has not appeared at the event. It seems like the product is still in development, as the first photo of this wide-angle lens has appeared on the web, while Canon is teasing the launch of new optics.
The prayers of a multitude of Pentax fans will be answered in 2015. Ricoh has confirmed that the company is currently working on a Pentax full frame DSLR. Furthermore, it appears that the camera will be released sometime in 2015. On the other hand, three new K-mount optics were on-display at Photokina 2014.
Tokina has joined the Photokina 2014 event in order to show off two lens prototypes. The Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX lens is aimed at APS-C cameras and it will replace the current 11-16mm f/2.8 version. On the other hand, the Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX lens has been developed for cameras with full frame sensors.
A lot of things are going on at Photokina 2014 at the moment. After the official announcements have been done, companies have started confirming the development of multiple products. Such is the case of the Fujifilm XF 140-400mm f/4-5.6 lens, which has been revealed as the super telephoto zoom lens on the X-mount roadmap.
Voigtlander has revealed several new lenses at Photokina 2014. There are three new Leica M-mount models and one for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The most interesting of them all is the latter which consists of the Voigtlander 10.5mm f/0.95 Nokton lens. It comes with a really fast aperture and it should be released soon.
After announcing a new flagship NX-mount mirrorless camera, called the NX1, and a premium telephoto zoom lens, the 50-150mm f/2.8 S, Samsung has confirmed the development of another high-end optic. The Samsung NX 300mm f/2.8 S ED OIS lens is on-display at Photokina 2014 and it should be unveiled sometime in the future.