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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