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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/

    Dave

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

    Too heavy for me. Now a 400mm f5.6 .....
    Andy
    bengeo.com

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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.
      Ross
      I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
      Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
      Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
      Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
      Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
      Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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      • #4
        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.
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/flip_photo_flickr/

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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

            I did get a survey a while ago from MyOlympus asking a lot of leading questions about PRO and specifically telephoto lenses.

            As I am involved in Online Surveys for a living I was very disappointed by the terrible way they'd phrased the questions and that they insisted on answers when you had no opinion.

            We make a point of not forcing users to answer questions as your useful responses get swamped with garbage replies from people eager to complete the survey and get the reward.
            Hopefully it will appear if there is a market.
            https://www.flickr.com/photos/amcuk/

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            • #7
              Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

              Originally posted by Walti View Post
              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.
              Ross
              I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
              Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
              Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
              Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
              Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
              Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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

                It would be good to know if the 150-400 is actually coming, and some details - I was at a Grass Track race meet on Sunday and my 40-150 with T/C just wasn't long enough for the furthest action so almost all my pictures were with the Nikon FF and 150-600 sigma..
                I'm very tempted to get a Panasonic 100-400 as waiting for something that may not even arrive is not something I'm good at..

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                • #9
                  Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

                  MC20 is on my shopping list now...

                  Not sure about a 150-400, I don't miss a zoom very often at the long lens area.

                  (I have the 40-150, 300 and MC14)

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                  • #10
                    Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

                    Originally posted by Walti View Post
                    MC20 is on my shopping list now...

                    Not sure about a 150-400, I don't miss a zoom very often at the long lens area.

                    (I have the 40-150, 300 and MC14)
                    I don't know how much the 150-400 is likely to cost as they are only going to announce (in March) that they're going to produce it for the end of next year, but maybe I'm hoping & wishing for more than I can afford, while the 300 f4 lens is over AU$3000 with the best discounted price so far being $2700. If the 150-400 could be about $2500 then I might be able to go for it (eventually), but that's just hoping.
                    Ross
                    I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
                    Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
                    Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
                    Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
                    Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
                    Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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

                      I think that I may well be in the same camp as Ross on this one. I prefer high quality zoome to primes, especially for telephotos. I zoom out to "acquire" the subject and then zoom in to take the photo. I have tried to photograph little birds in flight or slightly bigger aeroplanes while fully zoomed in, but without much luck.

                      When my old Sigma 50-500mm (BIGMA) died (aperture stopped closing) and couldn't be repaired, there was only one real option. - The Panasonic / Leica 100-400mm.

                      If an Olympus 150-400mm had been available, I would have gone for it. But it wasn't and so I didn't.
                      Larry

                      Cameras: Olympus OM-D E-M1 II, Olympus OM-D E-M1 | Flash: Olympus FL-50R
                      Lenses: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO, Olympus MMF-3 adaptor, Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD, Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm 1:3.5-5.6, Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:3.5-4.5, Olympus Zuiko Digital 70-300mm 1:4-5.6, Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3 ASPH

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                      • #12
                        Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

                        Originally posted by griffljg View Post
                        I think that I may well be in the same camp as Ross on this one. I prefer high quality zoome to primes, especially for telephotos. I zoom out to "acquire" the subject and then zoom in to take the photo. I have tried to photograph little birds in flight or slightly bigger aeroplanes while fully zoomed in, but without much luck.

                        When my old Sigma 50-500mm (BIGMA) died (aperture stopped closing) and couldn't be repaired, there was only one real option. - The Panasonic / Leica 100-400mm.

                        If an Olympus 150-400mm had been available, I would have gone for it. But it wasn't and so I didn't.
                        I had one person suggest going for the Lumix FZ1000 with 24-400 (equiv) F2.8-4.0 using 1" sensor. It's selling for $900 & might be a poor man's option, but I really would like that Oly 150-400 lens though. Actually, I just realised, I already have that! (40-150 + MC14)
                        Ross
                        I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
                        Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
                        Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
                        Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
                        Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
                        Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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                        • #13
                          Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

                          I have the Pana-Leica 100-400 and it is a cracking lens but if Olympus brought out an equivalent it would be tempting for two reasons. Firstly it would be nice to have image stabilisation in the lens that worked in conjunction with the camera body, like the Zuiko 12-100/4 and 300/4. Secondly, the zoom ring on the Pana-Leica works in the opposite direction to all the Zuiko zooms which continues to cause confusion. My preference though would be for a constant aperture lens, even if it was a little darker at the short end. Perhaps f/4.5 or f/5 over the entire range.

                          I wonder if Olympus will bring out a 40-150/2.8 Mk 2 with IS built in.

                          Cheers,

                          JohnGG

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                          • #14
                            Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

                            Originally posted by Ross the fiddler View Post
                            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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                            • #15
                              Re: New Olympus Patent: 400mm f4.0 MFT Lens

                              Originally posted by Loup Garou View Post
                              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).
                              Ross
                              I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
                              Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
                              Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
                              Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
                              Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
                              Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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