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Olympus has revealed its long-expected 300mm f/4 m.Zuiko Micro Four Thirds telephoto lens and confirmed that it is optically stabilised.

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Re: Olympus reveals optically stabilised m.Zuiko 300mm f/4 telephoto

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Re: Olympus reveals optically stabilised m.Zuiko 300mm f/4 telephoto

List price of 2199.99. That 1p makes all the difference 2200 would have been too much.
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Re: Olympus reveals optically stabilised m.Zuiko 300mm f/4 telephoto

2199 - so what does everyone think of the price? Nice touch that there is an Arca Swiss adapter. I expect the lens is compatible with Panasonic bodies (regarding the OIS) so Olympus has instantly doubled its market

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Re: Olympus reveals optically stabilised m.Zuiko 300mm f/4 telephoto

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2199 - so what does everyone think of the price?
It's ~500 more expensive than in the US. I think it's disgraceful TBH.
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Re: Olympus reveals optically stabilised m.Zuiko 300mm f/4 telephoto

Too expensive and heavy for me but, as the press release indicates, it is aimed squarely at professionals who will have a different view on such matters. For that use the image quality will have to be pretty much perfect, so it will be interesting to see the reviews, especially those comparing it with the much lighter and cheaper Panasonic 100-400 zoom.

It should be a good test for the E-M1's strap lugs! I will be persisting with my 75-300 and 50-200 SWD plus EC-14.

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Re: Olympus reveals optically stabilised m.Zuiko 300mm f/4 telephoto

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Too expensive and heavy for me but, as the press release indicates, it is aimed squarely at professionals who will have a different view on such matters. For that use the image quality will have to be pretty much perfect, so it will be interesting to see the reviews, especially those comparing it with the much lighter and cheaper Panasonic 100-400 zoom.

It should be a good test for the E-M1's strap lugs! I will be persisting with my 75-300 and 50-200 SWD plus EC-14.

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Definitely a few challenges to the ease of purchasing LoL but re weight, I regularly use a 4/3rds Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EXII lens plus 1.4x teleconvertor on the E-M1. This weighs just over 1.5kg without the teleconvertor.
Despite suffering very early on the strap lug issue I don't live in fear of the weight affecting the strap lugs - the E-M1 was designed for legacy lens, big and small, that would be in pro and enthusiast kit, so it should cope with the new 300mm Pro fine ... Gulp!
The comparison tests with the new Panasonic 100-400mm will be interesting, with the great flexibility that the zoom may have being perhaps limited in a small way by the light gathering limitations. But it will be a tempting lens for many enthusiasts.
The Olympus 300mm Pro is a clearly a great addition to the Pro line up but is largely aimed at a different, very demanding audience than the Panasonic.
For the early adopters of the OM-D range, the choice of lens has at last got there ... something for everyone, at a price and quality that gives you a full range of options. Roll on the E-M1 mkII.
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Re: Olympus reveals optically stabilised m.Zuiko 300mm f/4 telephoto

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It's ~500 more expensive than in the US. I think it's disgraceful TBH.
Nothing new there Brian,

Don't forget that U.S.prices do not show the 'Sales Tax' that will be added to 'in-state' transactions. I believe this varies from something like 4% to 12%, admittedly they still get a far better deal than us but as I have already said ..... 'nothing new there'.

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It's ~500 more expensive than in the US. I think it's disgraceful TBH.
I agree, it's a huge difference in price however, I don't think Olympus is to blame.

If you take the US price of $2600, divide this by the approximate exchange rate of 1.4 this gives us 1857.14, add VAT at 20% and the final cost would be 2228.57.

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Well, 366 of that is VAT.

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Re: Olympus reveals optically stabilised m.Zuiko 300mm f/4 telephoto

It certainly looks like a fantastic lens-looking forward to the reviews.
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Re: Olympus reveals optically stabilised m.Zuiko 300mm f/4 telephoto

Hi Ian, I use this focal length quite a lot in my dragonfly photography and I have the only 40-150 pro. We are all aware that the launch price will drop over the next 12 months, however Olympus has to look at the competition, IE take the canon 300 f4 is usm yes it's an older design, but I think this is the benchmark circa 975. The canon can produce fantastic images as to boot. You have asked about the price so I will not go into the Olympus being heavier. And full frame 600 f8 equivalent. Oops apologies I said it. When the price drops too about just over a grand I will look again. Maybe.
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Re: Olympus reveals optically stabilised m.Zuiko 300mm f/4 telephoto

It certainly looks impressive but at that price my credit card will be staying in my wallet. The focus limiter looks easier to use than the rotary one found on other lenses. I like the use of the word 'powerful' in the blurb. Just what does it mean?
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Hi Ian, I use this focal length quite a lot in my dragonfly photography and I have the only 40-150 pro. We are all aware that the launch price will drop over the next 12 months, however Olympus has to look at the competition, IE take the canon 300 f4 is usm yes it's an older design, but I think this is the benchmark circa 975. The canon can produce fantastic images as to boot. You have asked about the price so I will not go into the Olympus being heavier. And full frame 600 f8 equivalent. Oops apologies I said it. When the price drops too about just over a grand I will look again. Maybe.
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You mean of course 600mm f/4 full frame equivalent (apart from DOF, which will be f/8 equivalent).

We will have to wait and see what the image quality is like. Weight is likely to be a factor of the quantity of glass used although the tripod mount/collar also contributes a fair bit. It's half the weight of the ZD 300mm f/4 and shorter as well.

USM on the Canon is, I doubt, any faster and it will be useless for video even with an appropriate AF-compatible adapter (or even on a Canon body for that matter).

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Re: Olympus reveals optically stabilised m.Zuiko 300mm f/4 telephoto

2k+ is what I was expecting and one has to factor in the development costs of bringing this optic to the market based against the likely 'relatively' low sales volume when looking at the RRP.

Having said that, if 'I' were in the market for such a lens 'I' would be looking at the Pana/Leica 100-400 instead, yes its slower at F6.3 but arguably more versatile, 2/3 the weight, smaller, and at 1349.00 some 850.00 cheaper.

It will be interesting to see how both the Oly 300 and the Pana/Leica 100-400 compare once both are available.

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