[UPDATE: This lens is available now: LINK]
An impressive German / Chinese joint venture between Shanghai-based Transvision Photographic Equipment co. Ltd. and Bavaria-based IB/E OPTICS GmbH has announced the release of the world’s fastest lens for mirrorless cameras:
The Ibelux HandeVision 40mm f/0.85. (“Han” means China in Mandarin and “De” is the abbreviation for Deutschland – which means Germany.) You might know the popular Voigtländer lenses which are the only ones that come close at f/0.95 – but the HandeVision seems to be a whole different ball game altogether, because other than the Voigtländers, it also covers APS-C sensors.
The lens will be available for Sony NEX-, Fuji X-, Canon EOS M- and Micro 4/3 Mounts and seems to work totally analogue.
I am not sure this is correct, but according to the spec sheet, the lens weighs around 1.2 kilograms (2.6 pounds), which would be massive, but could be real for 10 lenses in 8 groups.
The lens is expected to hit the market in February for $2,000.
Also very interesting:
“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.”