The Crazy Huge Aperture on This New Lens Chews Up Darkness

It's been a good year for really huge aperture sizes on camera lenses, with products like the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8, and the Metabones Speed Boosters. But next year you'll be able to get your hands on a 40mm lens with an aperture size of f/0.85. That is one gaping piehole.

The Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 comes from Kipon, a lesser-known maker of photographic accessories. It will drop in February 2014 and be available for Sony NEX, Fuji X, Canon EOS M and Micro 4/3 mounts. It doesn't look like it will cover full-frame sensors, however. The price is a whopping $2000.

43rumors.com points out that there is actually a Leica 65mm lens that features a f/0.75 aperture, so the Ibelux's "fastest lens in the world" claim isn't completely accurate. It's still damn impressive though.

For the non-camera-nerds out there, the bigger the aperture, the more light a lens lets in, and the brighter your pictures can be in dark settings. Aperture size usually tops out at f/1.2 or so. The trade-off with a huge size like f/0.85 is that sharpness will likely suffer when shooting wide open, and with a relatively unknown brand like Kipon, it's hard to say what the overall quality will be. Here are some sample shots from the Kipon website:

The Crazy Huge Aperture on This New Lens Chews Up Darkness

The Crazy Huge Aperture on This New Lens Chews Up Darkness

The Crazy Huge Aperture on This New Lens Chews Up Darkness

The Crazy Huge Aperture on This New Lens Chews Up Darkness

The Crazy Huge Aperture on This New Lens Chews Up Darkness

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