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Dave in Wales 30th January 2019 10:43 AM

Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
https://www.43rumors.com/ft5-this-is...12-200mm-lens/

OM USer 30th January 2019 11:39 AM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
Looks good from just that picture. Nice mid-range specs.

CJJE 13th February 2019 08:55 AM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
Lens now released with more details and press release at https://www.43rumors.com/olympus-12-...lly-announced/.

Sounds a nice replacement for my M.Zuiko 14-150mm, and its lighter and smaller than my 12-100mm. I'd expect IS for the price ($899 or 899 Euro) , but that seems to be reserved for the PRO lenses! Hopefully prices will drop over the next 6 months if Brexit doesn't send all imports sky high!!

Chris

Bengeo 13th February 2019 09:04 AM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
799 in the UK.

CJJE 13th February 2019 09:12 AM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bengeo (Post 471990)
799 in the UK.

Is that from Olympus UK? I have't found a shop listing it yet.

Chris

CJJE 13th February 2019 09:15 AM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
OK, I've seen this review of it that quotes that price: https://www.photographyblog.com/news...200mm_f3_5_6_3

Available from late March, so I've time to get saving :)

Chris

pdk42 13th February 2019 09:27 AM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
MTF seems pretty poor at 12mm in the edges.

https://www.43rumors.com/wp-content/...m-07.16.25.png

200mm looks more even, but pretty poor at 60lppm meridional even in the centre. And don't even look at the edge!

https://www.43rumors.com/wp-content/...m-07.16.21.png

It'll be interesting to see real-world reviews.

For a comparison, here's the 12-100 MTF:

https://asia.olympus-imaging.com/content/000085683.gif

Steambuff 13th February 2019 09:29 AM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by CJJE (Post 471994)
Is that from Olympus UK? I have't found a shop listing it yet.

Chris

On the SRS Web Site for Pre-Order

Dave

RobEW 13th February 2019 10:05 AM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
From a marketing / selling point of view, I'm guessing this is to help Olympus CSC with 12-200 look like an attractive alternative to folk considering bridge cameras with huge zoom factors.

benvendetta 13th February 2019 12:03 PM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
I hope that it is available at The Photography Show in March, at least to look at and play with, if not to buy.
This looks like a unique lens. Well done Oly!

MJ224 13th February 2019 12:46 PM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
Sounds a good compromise lens. If I was starting out I would almost certainly be very tempted.

But as I have invested in the 12-40mm Pro and the 40-150mm Pro + the TC 1.4, I am reluctant to give those up. The Pro lenses are just so good......*chr

pdk42 13th February 2019 12:50 PM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MJ224 (Post 472021)
Sounds a good compromise lens. If I was starting out I would almost certainly be very tempted.

But as I have invested in the 12-40mm Pro and the 40-150mm Pro + the TC 1.4, I am reluctant to give those up. The Pro lenses are just so good......*chr

At 800 though, it's hardly cheap. I think I'd prefer a used 12-40 and 40-150 combo - probably not a lot more. Maybe 1100 total.

pdk42 13th February 2019 12:51 PM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MJ224 (Post 472021)
Sounds a good compromise lens. If I was starting out I would almost certainly be very tempted.

But as I have invested in the 12-40mm Pro and the 40-150mm Pro + the TC 1.4, I am reluctant to give those up. The Pro lenses are just so good......*chr

At 800 though, it's hardly cheap. I think I'd prefer a used 12-40 and 40-150 combo - probably not a lot more. Maybe 1100 total if you catch a bargain.

benvendetta 13th February 2019 12:51 PM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MJ224 (Post 472021)
Sounds a good compromise lens. If I was starting out I would almost certainly be very tempted.

But as I have invested in the 12-40mm Pro and the 40-150mm Pro + the TC 1.4, I am reluctant to give those up. The Pro lenses are just so good......*chr

I know what you mean, we have been spoilt. I think that the 12-100 would be a better bet and around the same price to. Maybe going from 12 to 200mm is pushing it a bit.

pdk42 13th February 2019 01:14 PM

Re: Oly 12-200 f3.5-6.3
 
There are some sample shots over on DPReview - https://www.dpreview.com/samples/450...sample-gallery

They pretty much confirm what the MTFs say - this isn't a Pro lens - by a long way; especially at the long end. It'll do a turn, but you wouldn't want to be doing much cropping or pushing of the files since the sharpness and micro-contrast just aren't there.

At 800 I reckon it's a pretty tall order. At half that I'd perhaps live with the compromises, but there's no way this is worth 800 of my money. I reckon an RX10ii or an FZ2000 would perform just as well and you'd get a free camera with it!


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