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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

Am posting this from the Olympus booth and just had a word with Toshi Terada; the converter is only designed for use with the 14-150 Pro although expected to work with the planned 300 f/4.

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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

Thank you Ian.
Just got on the SRS waiting list.
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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

Thanks for the info (14 - 150). I understand what it was designed for, but I guess that answer does not preclude the use with the MMF, or does it?? The question for me, not having an FT body I'd use with the 300/2.8, is whether I can sell the EC-14 and still have the MC-14 to use with the MMF-3, 300/2.8.

Thanks for the digging!

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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

Andy, having used a wide variety of telephotos and tele-converters over the years I'd do some testing unless the new 1.4 is firmware locked stopping you testing it.
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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

By the way, there is a programmable function button three quarters of the way towards the front of the lens and I was told this should be able to be progtrammed as a focus lock button.

They also had the mock-up of the 300mm f/4 (about the size of a ZD 35-100 f/2) in a cabinet along with a mocked-up 7-14 f/2.8, which is a little larger than the Panny f/4 version but not dramatically so.

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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

Quote ... 'built-in lens hood like the 60mm macro ... ' Well, that's interesting, mine certainly has neither a slide-out hood or separate one supplied with it! Is this statement incorrect, or have the newer ones have a hood built in?
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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

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Quote ... 'built-in lens hood like the 60mm macro ... ' Well, that's interesting, mine certainly has neither a slide-out hood or separate one supplied with it! Is this statement incorrect, or have the newer ones have a hood built in?
The slide-out lens hood for the 60mm macro is an accessory which has to be bought separately.
It seems that when you splash the cash for a Pro lens, Olympus have the good grace to bundle a suitable lens hood (and soft case) with the lens.
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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

I'd love to have such hood for my 35-100 f/2 :-)
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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

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Quote ... 'built-in lens hood like the 60mm macro ... ' Well, that's interesting, mine certainly has neither a slide-out hood or separate one supplied with it! Is this statement incorrect, or have the newer ones have a hood built in?
Sorry - I was in a rush; I meant that the hood has a built-in mechanism that allows it to slide forwards or backwards and this is similar to the (optional) lens hood of the 60mm macro.

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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

I think it is a great shame if the M4/3 1.4x will only work with the new lenses. M4/3 owners with lenses such as 75mm and 60mm have been crying out for a TC for some time now and will be very disappointed. If indeed this new TC will not work with older lenses then I wonder if we are ever going to see one? Not sure if this is a bad move by OLympus of just a bad rumour, let's hope it's the latter!

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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

It's true, look at the protruding forward elements.
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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

Just put in pre-order. Hope I have done the right thing.
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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

I am sure it will be an absolutely superb lens and look forward to your opinion of it after you have used it. I will be particularly interested about how well it works when C-AF is in use, I am hoping the new lens focussing is so fast that C-AF will be vastly improved. That would bode well for the forthcoming 300 f4 and BIF too. Both are on my wish list!
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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

When I brought the em1 with the 12-40pro coming up to a year ago I had all the intentions of buying the then promised 40-150mm f2.8 pro lens. Because of the long wait I lost interest in it and have instead brought a Tamron 14-150mm f5.8 sure not as fast but lighter covers a better focal range and costs considerably less. Now there is the promise of a 300mm f4 just how long will we have to wait or will Tamron beat Oly again.

I have the feeling the Olympus marketing people have the same disease as those of the British bike industry of the 1960/1970’s i.e sell stuff they want to make at a time that suits them and not what their customers want. I never did understand the logic of dropping FT bodies and all the excellent quality lenses that suited that body. When it comes to CAF mFT does not work as well as the competition or the previous E5. New lenses will not change that, it’s a technical ‘feature’ of the focusing system for the EVF. If there is an improvement due to drive motors in the lens I would think it will be undetectable by most camera users.
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Re: Olympus confirms 40-150 f/2.8 and 1.4 converter

I certainly would not expect more than a slight improvement in C-AF at best but any improvement would be welcome. I expect any real improvement will not happen until EM-1 mkII.
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