From Picture Business: Four Thirds Roll Out
Lots of Four-Thirds (4/3) news came out of the recently concluded Photokina Show in Cologne, Germany. Before we take a quick peek at the product it’s important to note that the show clearly illustrated the 4/3 system is gaining steam as member companies (Olympus, Kodak, Fuji, Leica, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sigma) made a strong showing of new product at the show, and the general feeling was the system is delivering on its promise to deliver compact, lightweight, high quality, digital-specific lenses for the DSLR market.
Many Photokina observers were claiming the new Leica Summilux 25mm f1.4 ASPH lens was, “the bright, normal lens the Four Thirds system has been waiting for.” Panasonic had this model at their both as well telling us it was “well-received.”
Sigma actually introduced three new Four Thirds lenses at Photokina, the 24mm f1.8 Macro, a 18-50mm f2.8 and a 135-400mm f4.5-5.6. The introduction of these three new lenses increases Sigma’s lens line-up for Four Thirds mount to a total of eleven models.