[UDPATE] World’s fastest lens for Fuji X-mount announced: the IBELUX 40mm f/0.85!

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Kipon just announced the IBELUX 40mm f0.85, available also for Fuji X-mount! This high speed lens will cost you $2000. It will be available in February 2014.

You can read more and see some samples, taken also with the Fuji X-PRO1 at their official press release here.

[UDPATE] Kipon also announces Baveyes 0.7x optic adapter series for Fujifilm X and Sony E mount here. They will sell it from Jan 10 2014,the price is around $300. “The 0.7x adapter is a high quality optical adapter. It converts fullframe lenses into APS-C lenses. The advantage is to get the fullframe field of view onto the APS-C sensor. It works best with wide angle lenses

via mirrorlessrumors

Fuji X-PRO1 with IBELUX 40mm f0.85 (image courtesy: Kipon)

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HANDEVISION  —  December 12, 2013

A mutual passion for photography and the art of image capture between two companies’ owner has led two special firms, Shanghai Transvision and German IB/E Optics, to collaborate on an industry-shaking new innovation. By merging Geman 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).

After many months of collaboration between engineering and production teams, final quality control assessments have concluded and the IBELUX 40mm f0.85 high-speed lens, the fastest lens in the world, is nearly ready for release. Available for sale by February, 2014, this lens will be available for Sony NEX, Fuji X, Canon EOS M and Micro 4/3 digital mirrorless camera mounts (MSRP is $2,080 USD).

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. As a new player in the lens market, we believe we can expand our new brand internationally as our engineers, uninhibited by production costs nor by material restrictions, will be free to work creatively in seeking optimal image quality and artistic design.

We are currently working on our next project, the wide-angle IBEGON lens. With Sony releasing the new full-frame mirrorless A7/A7R camera, we have designed a high-speed telephoto APO mirror lens called the IBECAT, named for its sharp image capture, its lightweight construction and fast glass. Additional lenses are in development for full frame mirrorless cameras, including a tilt-shift lens and a compact fixed focal length lens.

We are focusing our efforts at expanding our line of full-frame mirrorless and DSLR detachable lenses in 2014 and are constantly developing ways to satisfy demand of professional photographers for faster, sharper lenses.

  • Andy

    Owning a 0.95 and other fast lenses i am going to be interested in this new offer. Interesting times for photogs. :)


  • Marco Debiasi

    This seems very promising.

  • Ccp

    Can some of the more technically minded people please explain the benefits/disadvantages of having a concave front element? Is this just a trick (feature) similar to the speed booster adapters we are seeing for using full-frame lenses on APS-C?

    • Gab

      Possibly a weird way of distortion correction, that’s the only thing I can think of.

      I’ll stick to the Fuji 35mm lens, I would miss the close focusing ability greatly, not to mention the heft & cost. (I have a Samyang 85 for portraiture & its plenty fast enough for me. :-) )

    • http://www.hoodoo.co.nz david

      not entirely sure, but Leica’s 35 1.4 summilux asph fle also has a concave front (and rear) element.

    • MJr

      Just a different way of guiding the light far as i know. Inside most every lens there are concave elements usually after the second half. Whatever the reason they rarely end up using a concave element in front i don’t know, but it probably has some kind of advantage that would also bring a disadvantage or everybody would be doing it .. but as with any design the trick is to find the right amount of advantages where you want them.

      There is no such thing as boosting light, it’s just a matter of the size of the front element and not to waste anything after. A speed booster simply concentrates the full amount of light of a FF lens onto a smaller surface which of course makes it stronger, where normally it would be wasted. So it really does take less to reach the same EV on a smaller sensor, that’s not to say it’s easier though because in the end it’s the same matter of detail and resolution.

      • Michael

        So what you are saying (and I agree) is that a F stop of 0.0 would be no loss of light and from that point on it’s just how efficient the glass is. As to the concave shape, I would speculate that by not compressing the light upon the initial lens this would allow for a less light loss.

        • MJr

          No that’s not it. F-stop actually doesn’t have anything to do with efficiency, it’s just the size of the front element. Efficiency i believe is called the T-stop (used for cinema lenses), the perfect lens has a T-stop exactly the same as the F-stop. That’s why i guess many of the fast ones are T1.5, because then it’s probably a F1.4 design.

          There is no boosting or compressing anything when a lens is natively designed for a certain size sensor. As much as comes in is as much as should come out, any less and you’re doing it wrong, any more and you’re up for a Nobel prize and clean energy for the whole world. The only reason the speed booster gets to compress is because it takes lenses designed for a bigger sensor, but the amount of light is still the same. There’s just more of it in the first place, people aren’t lying when they say that fast lens for apsc would be slower on FF.

          • http://bradleyphoto.ca Bradley

            Your comment is likely the most incorrect thing you could have said.

          • MJr

            Oh really, do explain. As Michael has proven yet again, it is more often the interpretation where it goes wrong in these discussion. The fact that you are unable to pinpoint where i am supposedly mistaken says enough.

            You must realize that there are many many faulty myths floating around on the interwebs causing much confusion, so i’m sorry if i’ve inevitably cracked some of those for you.

        • Dave

          That’s possibly the worst thing I’ve ever read on any photography forum.

  • Micheal

    40mm on APS-C is quite weird focal length. I prefer 35mm or 50mm on APS-C.

    • http://stuart-m.co.uk stuartm

      Never really understood that sort of comment. A focal length might be unique, but how does that make it weird?

  • Steve

    You know I was looking a monograph by George Tice last night. Then I got out my William Eggleston Chromes Monograph series. I also recently went to a show with some Ansel Adams prints. I’m not much on Adams but the I’m taking a black and white film photography class where I work. Attending the show was part of the course.

    Funny, they all seemed to be shooting at F8 or something like that. Hmmmm.

    • http://deleted hexx

      “I’m taking a black and white film photography class where I work” – this might be of an interest to you, book: The Art of Photograph – very, very good

  • MJr

    Fun fact: The Metadata shows that for some of the samples they actually used the Hasselblad Lunar. :)

  • Michael

    Wouldn’t an adapter like a speed booster + a vintage lens with a focal length of ~f1.4 create sort of simmilar DOF, but had LESS expensive effect on your wallet? This new 40mm lens would be manual focus anyway, I suppose.

    • MJr

      ‘sort of similar’, i guess that’s also the reason people but a Leica, or Fuji instead of Micro Four Thirds, because it’s all sort of similar anyway. ;)

      There’s a Mitakon 35/0.95 in Fuji X mount for a sort of similar experience, at half the price, or if it’s just about pretty images with nice thin DoF, i’d wait for Fuji’s own 56/1.2 personally. This seems to be a lens for all mirrorless camera brands but Fuji users are the only ones with the luxury of awesome (modern) Fujinon glass so grab it while you can. :D

    • Rasmus

      First time poster here…

      But… did you all see the weight of the lens in the specs? Sure it’s F0,85 which is awesome and that alone will make it worth a look but the weight specs say 1.2kg, the 35mm F1.4 weights 187 g, that’s less then 1/6th of the weight. Quite a heavy price to pay for a little more then an extra stop of speed. Then again, there’s no substitute for speed except more speed…

    • Geoff

      I own a Mitakon Zhongyi focal reducer (AKA speed booster) and it works awesome with my Rokkor 28mm f2.0! I get the rough equivalent of the XF 23mm f1.4 at half price (but no autofocus) for half price.
      Now I own also a Rokkor 58mm f1.2, and while it is clear wide open with regular adapter, there is some kind of veil at this aperture on the focal reducer…not bad to get some dreamy head and shoulders portraiture though and enjoy an equivalent (on APS-S) of 42mm f0.85.

      I believe for aperture wider than f2.0, you should go for a Metabones speed booster, but I have never tried these.

  • afragisk

    Canon FD 35 1.2l with sb. I also wonder if it’s AF though.

    • MJr

      I don’t see any contacts. There’s a hole in the mount where the contacts would be though if you look closely.

  • Adrian

    Is it AF or MF? If it’s AF, I’d be somewhat interested, if it’s MF, no chance.

    • Geoff

      MF using focus peaking is not that bad, except for moving subject. On the other hand, at such wide aperture, you would regularly get front/back focus…especially on moving subject.
      At least using manual focus based on peaking, with experience, you avoid this kind of problem…or at least throw the blame on you :-)

      • MJr

        Exactly !

      • Adrian

        Yes, but since I love taking shallow DOF pics of my 2-year old daughter… no sports, but still AF is needed.

        • Geoff

          I have used some f1.4 lenses on full frame (24 / 50 / 85mm) and even on Nikon D3s, which uses one of the fastest phase detection based auto-focus system, most shots wide open were out of focus for moving subject.

          On a Fuji X, which uses slower contrast detection, I believe auto-focused shots would have extremely low accuracy at f0.85.

  • david blanchard

    I would of been really interested if it was a 35mm

  • DTB

    Too big for me. However, with all of the hype about full frame, if Fuji chooses not to go full frame, they could perhaps design their own 35mm f/0.95, which will provide the same depth of field control as f/1.4 on full frame.

    Personally, I will stick with Fuji lenses for standard lenses. I am looking forward to getting the XF56 f/1.2R. I am hoping Fuji will announce a 90mm f/2 and a 135mm f/2, or at least a 70 – 200mm f/2.8 on their soon-to-be released new roadmap, as those focal lengths, except for the slow variable aperture zoom, are missing.

  • DTB

    By the way, though it may not be true, a sales person at a camera shop told me that Fuji is planning on announcing an X-Pro 2 (1s) around March. So for those waiting for an upgraded X-Pro series camera, it may be coming soon. If it just comes with the same updates as the X-E2, I hope it at least has the following as well:

    - a brighter, larger EVF
    - 1/8000 sec

  • GC

    $2000?? Is it April fools day?

    I seriously don’t see $2000 worth of lens there…

  • http://lenslight.com DanSmedra

    Zeiss Otus-like for the X-Series cameras. I’ll be interested to see how it performs in the hands of some of the X-Series professionals.

  • phil

    Only care or consider to pay this much if it is 85mm focal length in FF & autofocus

    • http://bradleyphoto.ca Bradley


  • Geoff

    There was also the Mitakon 35mm f0.95…but is has so much chromatic aberrations (I tried unsuccessfully to correct some picture samples) that the pictures shot wide open are actually ruined…except if using black and white.

  • Yuri

    $2000 for 1.2kg and manual focus………no thanks!

  • Fabio27

    The weight is given by two factors: a lot of elements (I suppose they’re necessary to get the required telecentric image) and the full metal construction. It’s a specialized lens, not something you go around by night with: for that the 23, 35 and future 58 Fujinons are quite enough. It’s something you use on purpose, on particular projects, for a certain effect: something more in the perspective of videomakers than photographers, I suggest. I think the f/0.85 aperture is a bit unusable for photography. Many of the samples are one thing in the foreground, the background dissolved. And that’s ok. But the world is made differently: there is something slightly in front, something slightly behind, and many planes beyond. In such a situation it would take me a week to decide on what to focus. So I would close down, so that at least something is in focus. and hope that the background does not come out too bad.

  • Bemused

    A 2000 dollar lens with extremely nervous bokeh? No thanks…

  • pf127167

    Wow. For 1/4 the price and 1/6 the weight you can get a gorgeous CV Nokton. Not sure what market this beast is aimed at. Not to mention the bokeh and MTF curves are rather underwhelming.

  • http://bradleyphoto.ca Bradley

    My only concern, based on the promotional samples that none of us would rely upon, is the really apparent coma in the shots with specular highlights. The bokeh looks creamy when there are no out-of-focus lights, but the highlights are very unattractive for me.

    At this price, I would expect at least a best form design lens.

  • Anthony

    Sadly people have no idea about this lens. I have strong feeling that it will be superior than Otus.

  • ste787

    the company have no history, no pedigree.
    they want to charge us$2000 for a lens?
    made in china lens?
    you must be joking. you start by making cheap high quality lens, slowly build up to high end model. this company is a joke, even the name sound funny.
    count me out.