Open Letter to Mr. Kobayashi, President of Cosina

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Amin Sabet, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Amin Sabet

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    Dear Mr. Kobayashi,

    As Micro Four Thirds enthusiast with great respect for Cosina's manual focus lens offerings in other mounts, I am writing to express a desire to see Cosina Voigtlander lenses designed for the Micro Four Thirds standard.

    We Micro Four Thirds users could really use a wide angle lens with good manual focus feel and a distance scale appropriate for zone focusing. A Micro Four Thirds design equivalent of any of your several excellent, current wide angle offerings in the Leica M mount - for example a Micro Four Thirds 14mm f/2 Ultron or 17.5mm f/1.4 Nokton - would doubtless be well received.*

    There also appears to be a solid market for more exotic offerings, such as a superfast normal lens. Although the adapted lens market has some lenses in this category, the soaring prices of these lenses on the used market attests to a still unmet demand for a current offering, priced in the range of your Nokton 50mm f/1.1 lens.

    Micro Four Thirds is a standard which can take your fine manual focus lenses to a wider market going forward, both in the still photography as well as the video arena.

    I'm sure that you have already considered this option and hope that others in our Micro Four Thirds community will join me in urging you to make it happen!

    Sincerely,
    Amin Sabet


    *Edited for clarity
     
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  2. Vidar

    Vidar Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I agree, you know it makes sense Mr. Kobayashi!
     
  3. Streetshooter

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    Amin,
    Maybe you should extend an invitation to him to join our forum.
     
  4. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

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    and can we have a group discount for a bulk order - and group discounts on current products
     
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  5. Amin Sabet

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    Great idea, Shooter. I'll do that!

    I don't imagine you'd be interested in a native MFT 17mm lens with silky smooth manual focus feel, a focus tab, and distance scale, would you :rolleyes:?
     
  6. Amin Sabet

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    Now you're talking :smile:.
     
  7. Streetshooter

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    Amin,
    I'm told that the Holy Grail of m4/3 glass is what you just described.
    I never saw it so I don't believe it exist but in my dreams, that's what I see.
     
  8. hohoho

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    {current wide angle offerings in the Leica M mount} + {M to M43 adapter} + {narrower lens hoods} = {Micro Four Thirds versions}

    The only ingredients missing are the lens hoods. You might badger MS R&D to make them.

    As for fast original lenses, you might invite MS R&D to get back to work on the prototype MS Sonada 25/1.1.
     
  9. Amin Sabet

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    Don, of all the people in the world, I think no one is more likely to deliver that lens than Mr. Kobayashi.
     
  10. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Voigtlander

    As someone who's just spent the afternoon using a 35mm Ultron f1/7 and a 75mm f2.5 heliar on both an E-P2 and an M9 I would add my support to Amin's post. Results were superb on both cameras.

    I've often wondered whether they would do this, as I suspect Voigtlanders are one of the top choices for adapted lenses. They do have an adapter that they brought out for their existing lenses, so there's no point in changing the mount on those.

    It would be interesting to see whether they would consider some new lenses for m4/3. 12mm f2, 17mm f1.7, 25mm f1.2 - things like that.

    There's a link on their website at http://www.voigtlander.com/cms/voigtlaender/voigtlaender_cms.nsf/formular?OpenForm&formular=ekontakt_e&lang=e
    that says How can we help you? - well maybe we should start letting them know!
     
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  11. Amin Sabet

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    Those who are happy with the current adapted offerings have reason to be content. Those of us who want something different that Mr. Kobayashi can deliver have this thread to make our case!
     
  12. Amin Sabet

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    Exactly!

    Thanks for sharing that! If anyone makes a contact at Cosina, please point them in the direction of this thread :smile:.
     
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  13. Streetshooter

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    The 28 & 35 Ultron's with the 40 Nokton are some of my favorite M glass.
    I prefer them to my uh...uh....
    Great stuff!
     
  14. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

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    it's got to be a "starter" for CV

    Because of what Oly and Panasonic have started, the M4/3 market could be (much) bigger than the RF market.........and if they get in there early they will take the lead
     
  15. Brian Mosley

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    Amin, if you're serious about this - I'd recommend you approach them directly on behalf of the m4/3rds community here.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
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  16. Amin Sabet

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    I love the Nokton 35/1.4 and 50/1.5. A MFT version (half the focal length, similar build and optical characteristics) of the 28 or 35 Ultron, or the 35 Nokton, would likely be a hit.
     
  17. Amin Sabet

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    Brian, I'm working on making contact!
     
  18. silverbullet

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    How much sense makes my f4 21mm Color Scopar as a m43 lens?:confused:

    It's too slow......

    a dealer in Dusseldorf told me today tha a f1.4 25mm will come soon
    price: € 1.000
     
  19. Streetshooter

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    Bill,
    We actually are in a stronger market than the RF market.
    Our market actually grows because of the RF market.
     
  20. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Presumably CV see that - but they are inscrutable!!