Speed freaks (at least where lenses are concerned) who love their mirrorless camera get ready to celebrate, because there’s a new super-fast lens on the market that is claiming the title of “fastest lens in the world for mirrorless systems” — the Ibelux 40mm f/0.85.
Reports of this lens have actually been floating around since all the way back in February of this year, but today the lens was made official as German IB/E Optics and Shanghai Transvision unveiled the fruits of their bokeh-loving partnership, a brand of lenses dubbed “Handevision” that the press release calls “an industry-shaking new innovation”
By merging German high-quality engineering standards with Chinese cost-effective production infrastructure, the new camera lens brand Handevision (“Han” means China in Mandarin and “De” is the word for Germany).
While risky to start our launch with this ground-breaking high-speed lens, we hope to gain the attention and confidence of photographers around the world with our expanding new lenses. Our mission is to manufacture high-grade lenses of metallic construction with a clean, aesthetic finish.
Here are a couple of sample images that show what the Ibelux can do when attached to a Sony NEX-7:
And a couple more taken with a Fuji X-Pro1:
As you can tell from the quote above, this is just the first of more lenses to come. Next up, according to the press release, is a wide-angle IBEGON lens. And after that, the company plans to release a high-speed telephoto APO mirror lens called the IBECAT for full-frame mirrorless systems like Sony’s new A7 and A7R, which will be joined by a tilt-shift lens and a compact fixed focal length lens as well, although it seems those are still nameless.
The Ibelux will be available for purchase starting in February in Sony NEX, Fuji X, Canon EOS M and Micro Four Thirds variants, all of which are set to cost $2,080. To find out more about this new lens, check out some technical diagrams or browse through more sample images, head over to the official press release by clicking here.