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Ian
16th September 2014, 09:28 AM
I'm currently at Photokina in Cologne, Germany and here Olympus has confirmed the arrival of the new m.Zuiko 40-150 f/2.8 Pro plus a matching 1.4x converter. US pricing is $1499.99 and $349.99, respectively.

Hope to get UK pricing soon.

Pictures later!

Ian

PS E-M1 in silver too...

The Technician
16th September 2014, 09:57 AM
It will most likely be the same old swop the $ for the £ sign :mad:

JohnN
16th September 2014, 10:09 AM
Almost - they're coming in at £1299, so not exactly the £925 it would be if it were a fair exchange - still at least the grey market sellers will do well.

BTW Ian you might want to change the subject line - a 14-150 2.8 is a great idea though ;)

Rocknroll59
16th September 2014, 03:48 PM
Looks like the 2 can be purchased together for a deal!! Interesting worth looking at I think...

Peter

Ian
16th September 2014, 04:03 PM
Here are some snaps from the Olympus stand:

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P9160023.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P9160028.jpg

The new 1.4x teleconverter - note the protruding element.

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P9160027.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P9160025.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P9160029.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P9160030.jpg

The protruding element requires a special cap.

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P9160031.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P9160033.jpg

The hood slides back like on the 60mm macro, by the way.

Ian

crimbo
16th September 2014, 04:19 PM
So does the 1.4 converter work for other lenses?
Would it work with a m4/3 to 4/3 converter

...and more importantly...when are they to be released in the UK?

Graham_of_Rainham
16th September 2014, 04:27 PM
So does the 1.4 converter work for other lenses?
<snip>

I don't think it will. The "protuberance" would interfere with the rear element of the lenses. Will have to look to see if there are any with deep set rear elements. Also, I expect the distance between the rear element of the 40-150 matches very precisely to the 1.4 converter.

Ian
16th September 2014, 04:30 PM
As the converter has a protruding element I doubt it will work with most if not all existing lenses. But I will try to get a definitive answer.

Ian

Wee man
16th September 2014, 04:43 PM
Thanks Ian will it also work with the 12 - 40mm PRO lens?

Gwyver
16th September 2014, 04:48 PM
Ian,
Is there any kind of focus limiter on the new lens?

Does the lens have any facility for attaching a strap (other than via the tripod collar)?
{I'm not keen on walking around with this lot only supported from the E-M1 body lugs}

Rocknroll59
16th September 2014, 04:52 PM
Just found some pictures taken with the new lens combo....taken from another m4/3rds site...

http://http://www.pekkapotka.com/zuiko4015028/q8uxqztvlf3aprjsz5g6s81zhbd9ay (http://www.pekkapotka.com/zuiko4015028/q8uxqztvlf3aprjsz5g6s81zhbd9ay")

Peter

Bengeo
16th September 2014, 05:35 PM
Is there any kind of focus limiter on the new lens?

I was disappointed to find that it hasn't got one. Was hoping that the new v2 firmware might have introduced it to the camera in a similar way to some Sony cameras. Perhaps focus is so fast it doesn't need one. :eek:

Perhaps Ian can advise on the focus speed moving from close to distant focus?

Andy

maccabeej
16th September 2014, 06:07 PM
Just received an email from Wex which showed a picture of the other new lens. The 12mm f1.2 - wow. Unfortunately a typo for the black 12mm f2😄. Oh well.

raichea
16th September 2014, 06:08 PM
Thanks Ian will it also work with the 12 - 40mm PRO lens?
The Olympus US site says just the 40-150mm and the proposed 300 f/4.

http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/new/m-zuiko-digital-1-4x-teleconverter-mc-14.html

Steve.

drmarkf
16th September 2014, 07:13 PM
Wex has the lens for £1299 and with the converter for £1499 preorder: not quite the bargain they are in the US...

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-olympus-40-150mm-f2-8-pro-m-zuiko-digital-lens-and-1-4x-converter-kit/p1560265

drmarkf
16th September 2014, 07:20 PM
...while at 760g the lens is almost exactly half the weight of the Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VRII, which on a Nikon DX camera might be considered a competitor. Interesting.

Simon Bee
16th September 2014, 08:17 PM
Almost - they're coming in at £1299, so not exactly the £925 it would be if it were a fair exchange - still at least the grey market sellers will do well.

I believe I read recently Olympus are dropping the "worldwide one year warranty", if correct this will surely impact the 'grey' market and no doubt why they are doing it.

We must remember that U.S. prices are quoted without "sales tax' as this varies from state to state, that said I agree … we do get ripped off in the U.K. :mad:

Regards, Simon

Miketoll
16th September 2014, 09:42 PM
So buy a none grey lens, travel to another country and know you lose warranty. Not good. Grey importers like HDEW will probably arrange their own warranty like they do with the second year on camera body warranties and then they throw in a third extra year all with a highly reputable repairer.

JohnN
16th September 2014, 09:59 PM
I believe I read recently Olympus are dropping the "worldwide one year warranty", if correct this will surely impact the 'grey' market and no doubt why they are doing it.

We must remember that U.S. prices are quoted without "sales tax' as this varies from state to state, that said I agree … we do get ripped off in the U.K. :mad:

Regards, Simon

Aye, but keeping the European - so always worth checking Amazon.de

benvendetta
17th September 2014, 06:23 AM
Wonder what the size difference is between 40-150 plus the 1.4 and 50-200 plus MMF3? Then new combo doesn't look over big to me.

Grumpy Hec
17th September 2014, 07:08 AM
Wonder what the size difference is between 40-150 plus the 1.4 and 50-200 plus MMF3? Then new combo doesn't look over big to me.

In the pictures and the SteveHuff Photo video ( http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2014/09/16/a-closer-look-at-the-new-olympus-40-150-f2-8-pro-zoom-video/ ) it doesn't look as big or cumbersome as I initially thought. The weight sounds good as well so I'm sure it will be a lot easier handling than the otherwise excellent 4/3 50-200 SWD which I have used on the EM-1.

I also like the clever hood. It may appear to be a small issue but for me those sort of details help to enhance the usability significantly. I wonder if Olympus will produce an equivalent for the 12-40 Pro?

Hec

Wee man
17th September 2014, 08:18 AM
If it has not changed since the ME1 launch at Castle Leslie when prototype model was on show( non-functioning) it looked a good size for a lens of that type.

Beagletorque
17th September 2014, 08:30 AM
Will the 1.4x fit on the MMF 1/2/3???

Invicta
17th September 2014, 09:05 AM
It has internal zooming which is a nice feature.

Amazon have an availability due date of 5th December.

Invicta
17th September 2014, 09:06 AM
Will the 1.4x fit on the MMF 1/2/3???

The tele-converter is designed for use on just two lenses: the m.zuiko 40-150 f2.8 and the yet to be released 300mm telephoto.

oly_om
17th September 2014, 11:42 AM
I'm also interested if the MC-14 works with the MMF-3 and FT lenses...
:-)

Andy

benvendetta
17th September 2014, 12:32 PM
I'm also interested if the MC-14 works with the MMF-3 and FT lenses...
:-)

Andy

I think I know what you mean but I am sure performance would be compromise. Why not stick with the excellent 4/3rds EC14?

Beagletorque
17th September 2014, 12:35 PM
I will, but I'm curious too!

drmarkf
17th September 2014, 07:09 PM
OK, I've bitten the bullet and put in a Wex order for the pair.

(I shall be selling a few classic lenses on here in the near future to defray some of the cost!)

Miketoll
17th September 2014, 09:14 PM
OK, I've bitten the bullet and put in a Wex order for the pair.

(I shall be selling a few classic lenses on here in the near future to defray some of the cost!)

I think my wife would probably defray me if put in an order....:eek:

Ian
18th September 2014, 02:31 PM
Am posting this from the Olympus booth and just had a word with Toshi Terada; the converter is only designed for use with the 14-150 Pro although expected to work with the planned 300 f/4.

Ian

crimbo
18th September 2014, 02:35 PM
Thank you Ian.
Just got on the SRS waiting list.

oly_om
18th September 2014, 03:19 PM
Thanks for the info (14!!! - 150). I understand what it was designed for, but I guess that answer does not preclude the use with the MMF, or does it?? The question for me, not having an FT body I'd use with the 300/2.8, is whether I can sell the EC-14 and still have the MC-14 to use with the MMF-3, 300/2.8.

Thanks for the digging!

Andy

David M
18th September 2014, 10:25 PM
Andy, having used a wide variety of telephotos and tele-converters over the years I'd do some testing unless the new 1.4 is firmware locked stopping you testing it.

Ian
19th September 2014, 05:08 PM
By the way, there is a programmable function button three quarters of the way towards the front of the lens and I was told this should be able to be progtrammed as a focus lock button.

They also had the mock-up of the 300mm f/4 (about the size of a ZD 35-100 f/2) in a cabinet along with a mocked-up 7-14 f/2.8, which is a little larger than the Panny f/4 version but not dramatically so.

Ian

Footloose1949
19th September 2014, 06:19 PM
Quote ... 'built-in lens hood like the 60mm macro ... ' Well, that's interesting, mine certainly has neither a slide-out hood or separate one supplied with it! Is this statement incorrect, or have the newer ones have a hood built in?

Gwyver
19th September 2014, 07:19 PM
Quote ... 'built-in lens hood like the 60mm macro ... ' Well, that's interesting, mine certainly has neither a slide-out hood or separate one supplied with it! Is this statement incorrect, or have the newer ones have a hood built in?

The slide-out lens hood for the 60mm macro is an accessory which has to be bought separately.
It seems that when you splash the cash for a Pro lens, Olympus have the good grace to bundle a suitable lens hood (and soft case) with the lens.

Turek
19th September 2014, 07:41 PM
I'd love to have such hood for my 35-100 f/2 :-)

Ian
19th September 2014, 10:25 PM
Quote ... 'built-in lens hood like the 60mm macro ... ' Well, that's interesting, mine certainly has neither a slide-out hood or separate one supplied with it! Is this statement incorrect, or have the newer ones have a hood built in?

Sorry - I was in a rush; I meant that the hood has a built-in mechanism that allows it to slide forwards or backwards and this is similar to the (optional) lens hood of the 60mm macro.

Ian

David Morison
20th September 2014, 06:48 AM
I think it is a great shame if the M4/3 1.4x will only work with the new lenses. M4/3 owners with lenses such as 75mm and 60mm have been crying out for a TC for some time now and will be very disappointed. If indeed this new TC will not work with older lenses then I wonder if we are ever going to see one? Not sure if this is a bad move by OLympus of just a bad rumour, let's hope it's the latter!

David

Beagletorque
20th September 2014, 07:18 AM
It's true, look at the protruding forward elements.

maccabeej
24th September 2014, 08:45 PM
Just put in pre-order. Hope I have done the right thing.

Miketoll
25th September 2014, 07:54 AM
I am sure it will be an absolutely superb lens and look forward to your opinion of it after you have used it. I will be particularly interested about how well it works when C-AF is in use, I am hoping the new lens focussing is so fast that C-AF will be vastly improved. That would bode well for the forthcoming 300 f4 and BIF too. Both are on my wish list!

birdboy
25th September 2014, 09:31 AM
When I brought the em1 with the 12-40pro coming up to a year ago I had all the intentions of buying the then promised 40-150mm f2.8 pro lens. Because of the long wait I lost interest in it and have instead brought a Tamron 14-150mm f5.8 sure not as fast but lighter covers a better focal range and costs considerably less. Now there is the promise of a 300mm f4 just how long will we have to wait or will Tamron beat Oly again.

I have the feeling the Olympus marketing people have the same disease as those of the British bike industry of the 1960/1970’s i.e sell stuff they want to make at a time that suits them and not what their customers want. I never did understand the logic of dropping FT bodies and all the excellent quality lenses that suited that body. When it comes to CAF mFT does not work as well as the competition or the previous E5. New lenses will not change that, it’s a technical ‘feature’ of the focusing system for the EVF. If there is an improvement due to drive motors in the lens I would think it will be undetectable by most camera users.

Miketoll
25th September 2014, 05:14 PM
I certainly would not expect more than a slight improvement in C-AF at best but any improvement would be welcome. I expect any real improvement will not happen until EM-1 mkII.

drmarkf
25th September 2014, 05:31 PM
I certainly would not expect more than a slight improvement in C-AF at best but any improvement would be welcome. I expect any real improvement will not happen until EM-1 mkII.

Yes, I agree with that. I suspect some very serious processing power's going to be needed to achieve continuous focus performance that's remotely comparable to that of mirrored cameras, but the motor design of the new lens should get the most out of the M1.

However, this is really an example of what the great Ken Rockwell calls "digital rot": digital camera bodies devalue like bricks as they get overtaken by the current rapid technological advances. In comparison a really good lens will stay a really good lens through several body generations, so it holds its value for much longer.

David Morison
26th September 2014, 06:33 AM
When I brought the em1 with the 12-40pro coming up to a year ago I had all the intentions of buying the then promised 40-150mm f2.8 pro lens. Because of the long wait I lost interest in it and have instead brought a Tamron 14-150mm f5.8 sure not as fast but lighter covers a better focal range and costs considerably less. Now there is the promise of a 300mm f4 just how long will we have to wait or will Tamron beat Oly again.

I have the feeling the Olympus marketing people have the same disease as those of the British bike industry of the 1960/1970’s i.e sell stuff they want to make at a time that suits them and not what their customers want. I never did understand the logic of dropping FT bodies and all the excellent quality lenses that suited that body. When it comes to CAF mFT does not work as well as the competition or the previous E5. New lenses will not change that, it’s a technical ‘feature’ of the focusing system for the EVF. If there is an improvement due to drive motors in the lens I would think it will be undetectable by most camera users.

I too have bought the Tamron and after trialling it against my Leica 14-150mm. I find the performance is very much on a par for my purposes, more CA but easily corrected. Interestingly I have used it briefly for in flight shots of Rooks over the small wood opposite my house and it AFs much faster and more accurately than my 75-300mm making it even more useful than I hoped. I tend to use a Canon 7D/400mm for BIFs most of the time as it's CAF (Servo) is so reliable, but the performance of the new Tamron means it will be used more for this under suitable conditions.

David