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Olybirder
2nd January 2013, 10:40 PM
I was reading m4/3 threads on dpreview today (a soul destroying experience) and a couple of people stated that the Olympus m4/3 75-300 zoom has been discontinued or is about to be. It was not clear if an updated version is to replace it.

This is the first I have heard about this, so can anybody here throw any light on it? I suppose Olympus could be replacing it with an amended version, possibly cheaper or slightly faster to match the rival Panasonic offering.

Ron

David Morison
2nd January 2013, 11:12 PM
Well it's still on the Olympus UK online shop list. The rumour seems to have started from B&H stating discontinued on their website. Everyone else still seems to be selling it!

David

Olybirder
2nd January 2013, 11:30 PM
Thanks David. It is fascinating how these internet rumours start. I suppose we will see if there is any truth in it over the coming weeks.

Ron

Nova Invicta
31st January 2013, 10:13 PM
New lens annouced at CP+ 2013

ZOOM POWER FOR THE PEOPLE: REDESIGNED OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO® ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II LENS
Super-Telephoto Shooting Power for Micro Four Thirds Users with Minimal Lens Flare

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 29, 2013 – Olympus makes high-performance super-telephoto shooting more accessible than ever before by introducing the affordable M.ZUIKO ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II lens (35mm equivalent 150-600mm). Olympus has redesigned the lens to match the distinctive OM-D E-M5® and PEN® Micro Four Thirds® series cameras and added a new advanced ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating to keep scratches off, and eliminate ghosting and lens flare even in bright lights.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II telephoto lens boasts the same high focal length and first-class components as its predecessor, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7, and is capable of bringing faraway subjects like children’s faces, animals and landscape features vividly to life with superb-quality close-ups. Olympus fitted a circular aperture that ensures a professional-looking bokeh with smooth and even background defocusing.

The compact size and light weight of this tiny telephoto lens make it convenient to carry. Olympus has redesigned the lens to match the distinctive OM-D E-M5 and PEN series cameras. The lens includes Olympus’ near-silent MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) focusing technology to reduce the whir that can otherwise ruin movie playback on a High-Definition TV.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II benefits from the 5-axis image stabilization of the OM-D E-M5 and maximizes the performance of the Olympus PEN compact system cameras for brilliant still images and high-definition (HD) video capture.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4-6.7 II Lens will be available in March, 2013.