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Kowa 8.5 rectilinear

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by letsgofishing, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. letsgofishing

    letsgofishing Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 21, 2012
    South Africa
    Mike Kaplan
    Anyone know if this lens was ever launched?. It was announced in Feb and was supposed to have been available in the NH summer....
     
  2. Timmy

    Timmy Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 3, 2013
    Wiltshire - UK
    I've been intrigued by this lens - Although their site says summer 2014 - A rep was quoted as saying it would more likely be Fall/Autumn, which in reality probably means early next year. Looks more like a cine lens to me, but if the price/IQ is right maybe it'll be a good fast/wide option to consider.
     
  3. letsgofishing

    letsgofishing Mu-43 Veteran

    352
    Nov 21, 2012
    South Africa
    Mike Kaplan
    Agreed, i'm still desperately looking for a 8 or 9mm prime that takes filters....
     
  4. Lee O'D

    Lee O'D Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 27, 2013
    I was handling this lens on the Kowa stand at the British birdwatching fair at weekend. It was m4/3 mount and surprisingly heavy. The rep said it would cost around £700-£800
     
  5. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Veteran

    449
    Jan 24, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    Seems like an odd lens for birdwatching...
     
  6. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

    430
    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    lol... biiiiiiiiiiiig birds! :biggrin: