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Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses

Blast from the past joins Micro Four Thirds party

Three Micro Four Thirds fit Prominar brand lenses from Kowa have been revealed: 8.5mm f/2.8, 12mm f/1.8, and 25mm f/1.8. Limited information currently available in Japanese indicates the lenses are all ambitious designs focusing on very low distortion and high image sharpness thanks to the use of aspheric and extra low dispersion optics. The three lenses are due to be released later this year.

Kowa is a name that has not been prominent in photography circles the West for decades. Our more 'experienced' readers will remember the Japanese camera maker's Kowa 66 medium format system cameras from the 60s and 70s as well as various 35mm cameras and lenses. In more recent years the Kowa group, which started as a textile company in 1894, has become widely diversified. While not being active the camera market since the 80s, the company has remained in optics making, among other things, spotting scopes for sports and wildlife use. Kowa also makes lenses for security cameras and specialist applications, but this appears to be the company's return to mainstream photography.

The three new lenses have a retro look about them and it appears that they are manual focus lenses. There is a ring on each lens behind the focus ring that could well be an aperture ring, but to be honest this is all pure speculation. The new lenses are not yet featured in the Four Thirds Organisation product database.

To go to the Kowa website page with details, in Japanese, of the new lenses - click here.

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Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses

Four Thirds User editorial team Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
Three Micro Four Thirds fit Prominar brand lenses from Kowa have been revealed: 8.5mm f/2.8, 12mm f/... (more)

Ian Re: Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
I can just about remember the old Kowa 66 poor man's Hasselblad but I never saw any of their 35mm st... (more)

Ian Re: Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
Just found this concerning a Kowa Prominar 500mm f/5.6 on an OM-D E-M5: [url]http://www.kowa-promin... (more)

Ian Re: Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
OK - it was designed as a hybrid device. It can be used as a spotting scoped with a prism/eyepiec... (more)

David M Re: Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
Kowa have been making spotting scopes popular with birders for years.... (more)

Ian Re: Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
Kowa is at this week's Photography Show and I'm hoping to meet some of their engineers tomorrow (Mon... (more)

David M Re: Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
Just the way I like my lenses these days. The only incentive for me to get a m4/3 body is the select... (more)

John Perriment Re: Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
I had a Kowa Super 66 with 55mm, 80mm, 150mm and 250mm lenses. The whole kit had obviously had a har... (more)

David M Re: Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
The 8.5mm is interesting being a replacement for my 17mm from my 35mm days. There are faster lenses ... (more)

John Perriment Re: Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
Ah, at that focal length I was assuming it was a fish-eye, but if it is a corrected super-wide th... (more)

Ian Re: Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
It's rectilinear :) Ian... (more)

John Perriment Re: Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
Thanks Ian, that's the word I was grasping for but couldn't remember! It will indeed be a usef... (more)

David M Re: Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
That's okay John, I knew you meant rectangularly. :D... (more)

Ian Re: Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses
Had a play with the 8.5mm f/2.8 Kowa Prominar today - big and reassuringly heavy :) Very low distor... (more)