Update on the B.I.G. Photo 15mm Shift Lens for Micro Four Thirds

Ahead of Photokina, we reported about an upcoming German-made 15mm shift lens for Micro Four Thirds. We also showed you some pictures of the first prototype that was shown on photokina. The lens was based on the 15mm f4.5 Super Wide-Heliar from Voigtländer, and was fitted with a custom-made shift mechanism and Micro Four Thirds mount. However, the German blog “Pen and Tell” now reports that the project has been put on hold — allegedly because the manufacturer found that the 15mm Voigtländer didn’t work as expected.

Upon a personal call with B.I.G. Photo this information was confirmed. I was told that they are currently looking for other solutions to make the lens work, but as of now they cannot say when and in which form it will be realised. Which means that we’ll have to wait. Until then, no wide-angle shift lens for Micro Four Thirds, sadly — unless you adapt something like the huge and expensive Canon 17mm f4 TS-E, which, frankly, does not seem to make much sense at all.


Photokina 2012 Report — Part 6: SLR Magic and the Rest

First a Ferrari, and now beer. What on earth does this have to do with photokina? Well, every day at 3 p.m. the guys from Peak Design (read more on their awesome products below) were giving out Freibier. This was their PR strategy, and you can bet it was well received!

This is part six of our photokina 2012 report, with a main focus on SLR Magic, the small lens maker from Hong Kong that has come up with a lot of amazing products in the last two years. Beside an exhaustive report on SLR Magic’s new lenses, the following companies and/or products are featured in this post: Alpa, B.I.G. Photo, Fotoman, the Impossible Project, Lensbaby, Peak Design, the Plustek 120 film scanner, Rollei, and SanDisk.

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15mm Shift Lens for Micro Four Thirds to Be Shown on Photokina

As 43rumors reports, the product finder of the photokina website shows a 2D rendering of a 15mm shift lens for Micro Four Thirds which will be shown at the fair next week. Little is known about this lens as of yet, except that the manufacturer is a German company with the name Big Photo. But if you ask me, what this concept drawing looks like is a Voigländer 15mm f4.5 Super Wide-Heliar that has been retrofitted with a shift mechanism:

Either way, this looks like a very interesting addition to the Micro Four Thirds system. With its equivalent focal of length of 30mm, this lens could be a great tool for architectural photography. Why? By shifting the optical axis of the lens, converging lines — for example in buildings photographed from a low viewpoint — can be made to appear (almost) parallel in the resulting image. This Wikipedia article explains the physics behind this in detail.

While visiting the fair, we will try to get our hands on this!