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shenstone 10th July 2018 06:50 PM

Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
From 4/3 Rumours... I really hope so

https://www.43rumors.com/ft2-is-olym...00mm-pro-zoom/

When they did that survey a while ago a long pro lens is what I said I would be looking out for

With the IS capabilities we have seen with the 12-100 and EM1.2 we can only hope for a similar setup.

If it had a decent close focus as well it could be a superb lens for insects etc.

Regards
Andy

Ross the fiddler 11th July 2018 04:35 AM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
Yes, it would be nice except it will be another lens I'll GAS over that I can only dream about. :rolleyes: *shrug

Phill D 11th July 2018 08:29 AM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
Sounds good to me if it happens and is competitive with the Panny 100-400 in price. I'd want it good in close up too though. I wonder how long we would have to wait?

OM USer 12th July 2018 02:20 PM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
I have a feeling it would be beyond my budget but useful for those pesky garden birds (if only they would stay still or fly slowly in a straight line).

GyRob 12th July 2018 04:42 PM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
If this came in at f4 through the range I would get one .
Rob.

Bikie John 12th July 2018 06:47 PM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GyRob (Post 450876)
If this came in at f4 through the range I would get one .
Rob.

That would be lovely - but it would also be huge and expensive. Front glass would have to be 100mm wide, so only marginally smaller than a 300mm f/2.8. The 4/3 300/2.8 and 90-250/2.8 are roughly this size and come in at around 3 or 4Kg and were about 5K when new.

While I feel, unlike some here, that there is a place for big lenses in the micro-4/3 ecosystem, I suspect that Olympus's view of market economics will not see it as worthwhile.

John

GyRob 12th July 2018 07:00 PM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
My other system has a 600f4 mkII so price and weight would be somewhat cheaper.
Rob.

Bikie John 12th July 2018 08:26 PM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
...and you could sell the forklift/lay off the porters :D

John

Gate Keeper 13th July 2018 06:52 AM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
I would like it to be smaller and lighter than the Panasonic. What else would it need to be competitive enough to make people swap over to it?

Bikie John 13th July 2018 09:14 AM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GyRob (Post 450887)
My other system has a 600f4 mkII so price and weight would be somewhat cheaper.
Rob.

Thinking about this a little more seriously (while trying to suppress the gear envy, of course :) ), I wonder if it would? The two big monsters in the old 4/3 line-up were the 300/2.8 fixed and the 90-250/2.8 zoom. They were near as dammit the same size, weight and price, whereas a 250/2.8 fixed should be noticeably smaller, lighter, and therefore cheaper than a 300. Presumably this is because adding all the bits needed for a high quality zoom is a significant extra.

It may only be idle speculation, but it's fun.

John

MJ224 13th July 2018 10:58 AM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
Is the lower end (150mm) not low enough? I can understand that that it fits in with the top end of the 40-150mm, but an overlap might be preferable IMHO.

I would prefer the 100-400mm range...………..*chr

katran 13th July 2018 01:59 PM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
I prefere it first of all better (IQ) then Panasonic, a PRO lens without any compromises. I do not mind if it weights a bit more.

If is about portability, you cannot beat 75-300mm or 100-300mm which are also much cheaper.
Building another portable 100-400mm does not make any sense, especially when it cost as much as an PRO lens.


The compromises of Panasonic 100-400mm are:
-too slow F/6.3;
-not very sharp wide open at 400mm, needs to be stopped done at F/8.0.


If Olympus can fix the 2 problems, would be great:
-make an 100-400 or 150-400mm which has F/5.6 at the end;
-make it sharp wide open at 400mm;
-make the possibility to put the TC 1.4x on it, as Fuji did already.

So, yes, Fuji made a better 100-400mm than Panasonic which is sharp wide open (F/5.6) and supports an TC 1.4x. Nearly the same price but 40% heavier.
With teleconverter on it, the Fuji combo becomes 140-560mm F/5.6-8.0 which offers flexibility in some situations.




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Gwyver 13th July 2018 04:00 PM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
If you want 300mm at F4 or 420mm at F5.6 there is already a Pro quality Olympus product - so I'm not sure why they would want to kill off this product's sales with a 150-400 zoom.

However I could imagine that a 100-250 F4 zoom with Sync-IS and MC14 compatability would be complementary to the existing range of lenses.
It would be useful for sports and aviation photography & similar (very handy for the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games :) ) - I'm really hoping they'll make something like this.

Bikie John 13th July 2018 04:46 PM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gwyver (Post 450982)
However I could imagine that a 100-250 F4 zoom with Sync-IS and MC14 compatability would be complementary to the existing range of lenses.

What a good suggestion. My wallet hopes they don't do that!

John

Melaka 16th July 2018 04:49 PM

Re: Is Olympus developing a new 150-400mm PRO Zoom?
 
Just when you think you've got your gear sorted - 2x EM1 plus 12-100 and 100-400 in my case - along comes something else to confuse the situation.


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