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Olympus 150- 400mm Lens Announced (1 Viewer)

Adey Baker

Member
Finally! Is it too late to save the system?

Specification certainly seems spot-on for an all-round pro-quality wildlife lens with minimum focus of 1.3m, 150mm to 500mm built in plus 1.4x or 2x converter compatibility. 1875gms weight (lens only) and bird-recognition AF coming for the EM1X (sadly, not the EM1 III).

£6,499 at WEX photo, for instance, but no delivery dates as yet.

Out of my price range, so purely accademic for me!

https://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c..._digital_ed_150_400mm_1_4_5_is_pro/index.html
 

Chosun Juan

Given to Fly
Australia - Aboriginal
So tempting size/weight/reach/speed - wise ...... :brains:

I just wish I had more faith in Olympus as an ongoing system, for such an investment ........ :-C






Chosun :gh:
 

njlarsen

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Opus Editor
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Barbados
One reason to be optimistic: the company that took them over has at least one prior example where they have taken over a loss giving company and now have something that is profitable. They have stated that they see the high end Oly as an area that can be profitable.

whether that is enough for you is your decision.

Niels
 

Chosun Juan

Given to Fly
Australia - Aboriginal
One reason to be optimistic: the company that took them over has at least one prior example where they have taken over a loss giving company and now have something that is profitable. They have stated that they see the high end Oly as an area that can be profitable.

whether that is enough for you is your decision.

Niels
I think this lens will be an absolute cracker !

You could quite happily have this lens through a dozen years of different bodies.

What concerns me is the pace of development of those bodies and particularly the electronics, processing hardware, and software /interface ecosystem. There is just no structural advantage that will allow them to compete with Sony and Canon. Panasonic seems wed to the dfd focusing system, making it hard to get economies of scale over the M43 mount. In theory, they should be onto a winner.

If I'm honest, even Nikon concerns me at the moment - there are some glaring development needs that just aren't being addressed.

I figure I'm going to be content to sit on the sidelines for another year or two and see what develops.

I will use all that extra nervous g.a.s. energy in the gym, and build some muscles ! :-O







Chosun :gh:
 

NoSpringChicken

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United Kingdom
I think we can assume that this is aimed at a very small (professional) market but will 'Pros' even consider Olympus, given their present precarious situation, not to mention the 'tiny' sensor? On another forum somebody has made enquiries and was told that the initial UK allocation will be 18-20 units! I will be sticking with my lovely 300mm f4 Pro but will look forward to seeing some great photos taken with this beauty.

Ron
 

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Europe
Think I would throw my money at an R5 first, and I love m43, the size is just too much for me on such a small sensor. My current kit on the right, which will likely stay my current kit for quite a while unless something truly tempting is released by Panasonic. The new Oly is only 1 stop quicker than my PL too.
 

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Adey Baker

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Headline at the rumor site:
Olympus 150-400mm PRO in-depth Field Test by Imaging Resource: “very expensive in and of itself, but it’s also very, very good”

It's a shame that IR used unnecessarily high ISO settings for a lot of their illustrations. For static or slow-moving subjects, at least, the syncIS on the EM1 cameras would come into its own with this lens - for instance, this Kestrel, in very shady conditions, wouldn't have stayed long enough for a tripod set-up and was 'grabbed' with whatever the camera was set at, at the time. EM1 II with 300mm Zuiko lens plus 1.4x converter. ISO was on 400 and the exposure was 1/25th sec at F8 - this is not exceptional and with a static subject there's no problem in getting a sharp shot at this slow speed
 

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