150 - 400 f4.5 DELAYED HIGHER DEMAND THAN EXPECTED

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Have you placed an order, or still saving up? As far as I have been told by people in the know, some folks will be getting their lens as soon as this Friday.
I ordered it the first day of pre-order. I was told their would be only 20 units for the US in January. My guess at only 20 units a month I would hopefully it mine in 4th quarte.
 

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Or more of a concern to me is weather they will produce to the same quality system and standards. Copy to copy variation from what I see in the forums is too great as it is so I hope they keep the same quality systems already in place.
I do not know for sure but I would expect them to use the same builders as Olympus. Changing manufacturers would not make sense this close to the launch.
 

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It's the current one on the 43rumors site today, Jan.27, 2021 just that it's in Japanese. https://www.43rumors.com/olympus-ja...00mm-pro-orders-will-ship-out-in-spring-only/

It's been delayed so many times as it is. Might be same news release for 2022 too, but still copy/pasted and dated 2020. :hide:

Could be Sigma is waitng for a gallon of "Olympus White" spray paint. :hiding:
I guess 43rumors could repost the same old Olympus link weekly. I would not consider this as an update from Olympus.
 

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It seems there is no hope of getting the lens faster.

"M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO About supply shortage

  • Not meeting demand does not mean that there is a problem
  • The number of products produced per day is limited and cannot be delivered.
  • I want to make it clear that there is no quality problem
  • There is a high demand for individual parts only for lenses that contain 28 lenses in 18 groups and that support a focal length of up to 1000 mm in the 35 mm equivalent.
  • A lens that is extremely severe, such as the optical axis, takes time to make parts, and the adjustment process is strict, and structurally requires extremely high precision.
  • It’s a flagship lens so you can’t compromise on quality
  • Therefore, the amount of lenses that can be made in a day is limited.
  • We are steadily producing the fixed amount, so if you wait, you can be sure to get it, and we can promise to deliver good quality products.
  • I can’t increase production right now, so I hope you can wait.
150-400mm Message from the development team

  • “M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO” is not only a lens with high specs, but also a lens that the development team is very particular about.
  • I’m wondering about 1000mm and the 8-step effect of camera shake correction, but I’m developing it with great attention to operability.
  • It’s really adjusted in millimeters, so please pick it up and feel the particularity of that area."
https://www.43rumors.com/om-digital...ing-flagship-model-will-be-announced-in-2021/
 
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Even though the supply shortage is a bummer for sure, the reason due to higher order numbers than expected, is not a bad thing in my opinion. I think it's no surprise they aren't able to ramp up production values for such a low number, high-cost and highly precise product and their statement regarding high demand for product quality is also welcome. It would be quite a PR disaster, if this lens would suffer greatly from copy-to-copy variations with maybe even some samples suffering from obvious quality issues. That's something which is already questionable in the medium and higher priced segment, but for such an high-end flagship lens, it's just out of the question.
 

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I will fell blessed if I receive my lens by the end of the year. I ordered it on the first day of releas.
 
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