5 fastest lenses at Photokina

The 5 fastest lenses at Photokina 2018

There were three big takeaways from Photokina 2018. Firstly, everyone has (finally) embraced full-frame mirrorless. Secondly, medium format is a big thing. And thirdly, more and more lenses are breaking the generally accepted speed limit. 

Sony was quick to rubbish the notion of larger mounts at its press conference (projecting a giant slide with the words, “Does a large-aperture, high-quality lens require a large mount diameter?”, followed by a slide in much larger type, “The Answer is ‘No.’”). But this didn't stop manufacturers, with mounts great and small, introducing lenses with wider maximum apertures than usual.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.