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New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

Reports of a new Olympus patent for a 400mm f4.0 lens.

https://www.dailycameranews.com/2018...-4-0-mft-lens/

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Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

Too heavy for me. Now a 400mm f5.6 .....
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Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

I'm waiting for (& hoping I can afford) the 150-400 f4.0-5.6 lens that is said to be announced next March, being available at the end of 2019. Good zooms are my preference.
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Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

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I'm waiting for (& hoping I can afford) the 150-400 f4.0-5.6 lens that is said to be announced next March, being available at the end of 2019.
Same here. It will pair-up nicely with my Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 and I can trade in my current Panasonic 100-300mm f4-5.6 for the new lens.

Price apart, the other concern is the size and weight, of course. I like a lens to be of robust build quality but at the same time, easy to handle. One of the major advantages of the MFT system is their smaller size compared with other formats and hence portability. My wife and I are retiring within the next 6 months and plan to do some "outdoor" type travelling where a long lens would useful.
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Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

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Same here. It will pair-up nicely with my Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 and I can trade in my current Panasonic 100-300mm f4-5.6 for the new lens.

Price apart, the other concern is the size and weight, of course. I like a lens to be of robust build quality but at the same time, easy to handle. One of the major advantages of the MFT system is their smaller size compared with other formats and hence portability. My wife and I are retiring within the next 6 months and plan to do some "outdoor" type travelling where a long lens would useful.
The 150-400 F4-5.6 won't be light with that focal length & aperture, but not as large & heavy if it was a constant F4 though & is most likely a Pro quality lens with OIS & Sync IS possibility. Your 14-150 F4-5.6 lens is a very compact lens.

The PanaLeica 100-400 F4.0-6.3 is nearly 1kg with a 72mm filter. I would expect the Olympus to be a bit heavier & maybe with a larger filter perhaps too (not sure on the physics on that though).
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Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

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The 150-400 F4-5.6 won't be light with that focal length & aperture, but not as large & heavy if it was a constant F4 though & is most likely a Pro quality lens with OIS & Sync IS possibility. Your 14-150 F4-5.6 lens is a very compact lens.

The PanaLeica 100-400 F4.0-6.3 is nearly 1kg with a 72mm filter. I would expect the Olympus to be a bit heavier & maybe with a larger filter perhaps too (not sure on the physics on that though).
I can live with that. Of course I expect the 150-400 to be a lot larger and heavier than the 14-150 and I was infect thinking in terms of the PanLeica 100-400 dimensions. Anything up to 1.5Kg is OK with me and while it will not fit into the space presently occupied by the Panasonic 100-300 in my camera bag, I have several smaller bags to use for a large lens.

But if you think about the dimensions for an equivalent lens for Canon or Nikon, then you know what I mean by portability. I think the MFT system has given non-professional enthusiasts like me an opportunity to include good long lenses in the hand luggage while travelling.
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Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

That lens would be fitted with an 89mm front lens. It would still be portable, although heavier than the Panasonic 100-400. How much is depending on the optical design and selection of material.

It would however cannibalize on the 300/F4 (+MC14) having more or less same the same speed at 300mm. At 400mm it would be almost 2/3 stops faster however most telezooms tend to soften at the longest zoom range, so that advantage may very well be eaten up as you need to stop down for sharp results.

The success would be gated by pricing considering the competition from the well regarded and popular Panasonic 100-400 lens. Tough to beat.

A zoom that would make more sense to me looking at the competitive landscape is something like a 150-500 F/5.6 or maybe 150mm-600mm F/6.3... F/6.7

Or if I may wish, a 500mm F/5.6 prime.
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Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

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That lens would be fitted with an 89mm front lens. It would still be portable, although heavier than the Panasonic 100-400. How much is depending on the optical design and selection of material.

It would however cannibalize on the 300/F4 (+MC14) having more or less same the same speed at 300mm.
I am not sure about that. These long zooms lose max aperture values fairly quickly in the first part of zooming and so a 150-400mm f4-5.6 might be closer to f5 at 300mm.

Theoretically if Olympus made the 150-400mm as a f4.5 to 5.6 or even f4.5 to 6.3, will its portability increase? f6.3 at 400mm is not bad at all.
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Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

Hello all,


If this new Olympus zoom comes to the market is it likely to be internally focusing like the Pro 40-150 f2.8 ? I personally would feel this is Very important.


Shooting wildlife in wet or dusty conditions I have never been happy with lens barrels that zoom in and out.
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If this new Olympus zoom comes to the market is it likely to be internally focusing like the Pro 40-150 f2.8 ? I personally would feel this is Very important.

I don't have a great deal of knowledge of optics but it seems to me even an MFT lens 150-400mm f2.8 PRO would be impractically huge. Would a facility for internal zooming make it even larger?
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Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

Bit late on this thread, but my preference is for a zoom lens, the flexibility is needed for what I want...…….…..
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Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

Hi All,


I was thinking something from Olympus that would rival the Panasonic 100-400 but maybe a little faster and with internal focusing.


It would be a great pull for the Canon users too who have the 100-400 f4.5-5.6 especially aviation shooters/sports enthusiasts/Birders.


If they built something on the lines of the 40-150 f2.8 but 100-400 f4.5-5.6 I would be sold!
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Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

I think I'm in the same camp Ross so long as it's good at close up shots too like the 300mm is.
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Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

Shame about the little rider at the end....

We have to mention that several months ago, Dpreview reported, “Olympus Cancels 400mm f4 lens”:

After years of planning, development and testing, Olympus is considering cancelling the production of a 400mm f4 lens. This lens was going to be one of the most superlative lenses ever made by Olympus; however, after extensive surveying, it was discovered that it might only meet the needs of a very small minority.
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Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

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Shame about the little rider at the end....

We have to mention that several months ago, Dpreview reported, “Olympus Cancels 400mm f4 lens”:

After years of planning, development and testing, Olympus is considering cancelling the production of a 400mm f4 lens. This lens was going to be one of the most superlative lenses ever made by Olympus; however, after extensive surveying, it was discovered that it might only meet the needs of a very small minority.
It's likely for the same reasons as the F1.0 primes that were shelved in favour of the f1.2 prime lenses instead. They were heavy & expensive while the f1.2 lenses had a better chance of selling. I suspect they've gone (going) for the zoom up to 400mm instead. They (says Simon) are also bringing the MC20, so that would bring the 300 f4 lens up to 600mm at f8. That is supposed to come next March (with the E-M1 Mk III). At least that would give me 300mm f5.6 with the 40-150 lens.
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