The lens has a price of $2000. Kipon says there will be more fast lenses. BE sure to check sample images after the break (after the press release). Press release:
HANDEVISION — December 12, 2013
A mutual passion for photography and the art of image capture between two companies’ owner has led two special firms, Shanghai Transvision and German IB/E Optics, to collaborate on an industry-shaking new innovation. By merging Geman high-quality engineering standards with Chinese cost-effective production infrastructure, the new camera lens brand Handevision (“Han” means China in Mandarin and “De” is the word for Germany).
After many months of collaboration between engineering and production teams, final quality control assessments have concluded and the IBELUX 40mm f0.85 high-speed lens, the fastest lens in the world, is nearly ready for release. Available for sale by February, 2014, this lens will be available for Sony NEX, Fuji X, Canon EOS M and Micro 4/3 digital mirrorless camera mounts (MSRP is $2,080 USD).
While risky to start our launch with this ground-breaking high-speed lens, we hope to gain the attention and confidence of photographers around the world with our expanding new lenses. Our mission is to manufacture high-grade lenses of metallic construction with a clean, aesthetic finish. As a new player in the lens market, we believe we can expand our new brand internationally as our engineers, uninhibited by production costs nor by material restrictions, will be free to work creatively in seeking optimal image quality and artistic design.
We are currently working on our next project, the wide-angle IBEGON lens. With Sony releasing the new full-frame mirrorless A7/A7R camera, we have designed a high-speed telephoto APO mirror lens called the IBECAT, named for its sharp image capture, its lightweight construction and fast glass. Additional lenses are in development for full frame mirrorless cameras, including a tilt-shift lens and a compact fixed focal length lens.
We are focusing our efforts at expanding our line of full-frame mirrorless and DSLR detachable lenses in 2014 and are constantly developing ways to satisfy demand of professional photographers for faster, sharper lenses.
Charts and many sample pics after the break.
According to digicame-info (translated) it will be a white version of the Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D in EU, Kiss X7 in Japan). The fancy news: there will be a white version of the EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens (makes sense). The specs (machine translated):
- Painted white high quality with reduced gloss.
- Specs are the same as the current Kiss X7 [Rebel Sl1/EOS 100D].
- Kit lens EF40mm F2.8 STM and F3.5-5.6 IS STM EF-S18-55mm.
- F2.8 STM EF40mm to become the white of the same color and body.
No new Rebel before X-Mas, but an X-Mas-white Rebel instead. :-)
Japanese site Egami (translated) spotted new patents filed by Canon. All are for f/2.8 pancake lenses: 45mm, 40mm, 35mm, 28mm. Canon has two pancake lenses in their line-up: the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM and the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
- Patent Publication No. 2013-137411
- Publication date 2013.7.11
- Filing date 2011.12.28
embodiment Focal length Fno. Half angle Configuration length Total length BF One 45.00 2.80 25.68 20.00 57.99 37.99 Two 39.00 2.80 29.02 23.50 62.50 39.00 Three 35.00 2.80 31.72 25.00 63.01 38.01 Four 28.00 2.80 37.69 27.00 65.00 38.00
Image height = 21.64mm
- Canon patent
- The longer the focus back a Gaussian type, field curvature occurs
- 2-group configuration positive positive, Gauss type
Photography Blog reviewed Canon’s full-frame pancake lens, the amazing EF 40mm f/2.8 STM (now just $149), a lens with an excellent value for the money. All other reviews I featured here on Canon Watch confirmed the good optical performance of this relatively “cheap” lens. Cheap, here, means inexpensive and doesn’t mean there are compromises on build or optical quality. Sure, it is not an “L” grade lens, but the little pancake has more to offer than just a low price tag or a great ease of use. The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM has a discount of $50 and is sold for $149 at both Adorama and B&H.
The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM is a fairly unprepossessing little lens, and its tiny size and relatively low price might make you wonder whether significant compromises have been made in its design and construction. But the moment you start shooting with it and looking at the images it produces, any such thoughts rapidly disappear – it’s actually a very fine lens.
So, the optics are good, the AF is quiet and fast, and it has a decent build. Actuall in the US the lens has a $50 discount and is sold for $149. dpreview also posted a sample image gallery. The lens got an overall score of 84% and hence dpreview’s Gold Award.