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Old 20th April 2010
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What would the members like Olympus to develop in the lens range?
I personally would like an affordable longer lens may be an 80-400mm F4
And a 100mmf2/2.8 macro

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Re: Olympus development

I think an affordable compact wide prime other than the fisheyes & Macros would be good, following the ethos of the 25mm pancake.

A 12mm or 14mm f2.8/3.5 would be good.
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Re: Olympus development

I agree with Richard, I think a Pro spec rather than Top Pro telephoto zoom up to a maximum focal length of approx. 350-400mm with a maximum aperture 'around' f/4 would be just the ticket
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Re: Olympus development

35-100mm F4.0 - can't afford the real thing...
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Re: Olympus development

I've long been 'arguing/posting' the view that what Olympus needs is long lenses, telephoto makes the most of the sensor size and Olympus with in camera IS could become the wildlife DSLR. So a 400 pro lens (the next step to the 50-200) would make great sense.

But at this stage in the game, anything new in the lens line for 4/3'rds would encourage me.

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I agree with Richard, I think a Pro spec rather than Top Pro telephoto zoom up to a maximum focal length of approx. 350-400mm with a maximum aperture 'around' f/4 would be just the ticket
But a 400mm f4 would be the size, weight and cost of the current 90-250 f2.8 and 300mm f2.8 lenses.

A 180-400mm f3.5-5.6 in the pro range would be more realistic. As long as it was usable at f5.6 at the long end I'd add it to my kit. Although I'd keep my legacy OM 350mm f2.8 for its brightness and usability with extenders.
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Re: Olympus development

I would certainly take a 180-400mm with f/3.5-5.6 if it was usably sharp wide open.
Actually it's a shame the Sigma 100-300 f/4 isn't available in a 4/3 mount but I'm sure that has been done to death before
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I have personally used the Nikon 80-400mm (sorry about swearing )
Although slow on focus a nice lens one like that would do me nicely, with a faster AF. And as it has been said “The Olympus would be a wild lifers dream” camera kit, E-3 or E-30 with an 80-400mm F4 or there about.

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Re: Olympus development

I agree completely about the long end: they need something with more reach to make the most of the advantages of 4/3rds. I'm surprised they haven't cooked something up with Sigma.

However, I personally would also like something wider than 7mm - preferably FFL, although it would be bound to be a brick.

I would also like to see a tilt/shift lens - say 14mm or wider, but any decent semi-wide angle FL would be a lot better than nothing!

However, I strongly suspect we'll see nothing but mFT for the next year or so!
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I have personally used the Nikon 80-400mm (sorry about swearing )
Although slow on focus a nice lens one like that would do me nicely, with a faster AF. And as it has been said “The Olympus would be a wild lifers dream” camera kit, E-3 or E-30 with an 80-400mm F4 or there about.

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Yes but the Nikon 80-400mm is an f4.5-5.6 lens which is similar to the speed I suggested earlier.

The Nikon 200-400 f4 is the size of the ZD 300mm f2.8 so so a ZD version would probably be in the same price range as the 300.
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As I said "There about" on f numbers, . (Just a faster focus motor wanted)The Nikon.
Weight: 1,340 grams - 47.3ozs and that has VR, an Oly one would save weight, no VR. and this lens sells for around £1000 in the UK, £1250 tops.

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