All Zuiko 4/3 lenses have officially been discontinued

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by hoodlum, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. hoodlum

    hoodlum Mu-43 Veteran

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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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  3. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

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    Mike Aubrey
  4. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    If money were no object, which are the gems in the system?
     
  5. retiredfromlife

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    That is a really hard catalogue to read. On my 24" monitor at 100% it is not really readable. Ned to blow up even more.
    But some good information in it.
    Thanks for posting the link.
     
  6. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

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    Sameer
    Olympus still has them for sale on their site, but the page has not been updated since November. Which is typical of them!

    From what I have been researching in the last few months, the SHG glass is pretty fantastic. So those are the ones to get. The 14-35/2 and 35-100/2 are probably never going to be duplicated in m43 native mount.

    You can access the website at Four Thirds.
    m43 lenses are at Four Thirds | Four Thirds | Micro Four Thirds | Chart(Lenses)
    and the older 4/3 lenses are at Four Thirds | Four Thirds | Four Thirds | Chart(Lenses).

    Speaking of the official lens list, does anyone know why Samyang/Rokinon/Bower lenses are not listed? Is it because they are not members of the four-thirds consortium?
     
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  7. ijm5012

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    Ian
    There's plenty. 7-14 f/4, 14-35 f/2, 35-100 f/2, 150 f/2, 90-250 f/2.8, 300 f/2.8

    I own the lesser, more plebeian 12-60 f/2.8-4 SWD and 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 SWD. They're both excellent optics that equal that of the m43 PRO series. The above mentioned lenses are from their SHG line, and are stunning (in size, price, weight, and optical performance).
     
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  8. Speedliner

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    The SHGs like the 35-100,f2; 150,f2, 14-35... the HGs are also excellent though such as the 50-200 and 12-60...

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  9. Ashenwelt

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    :wtf::026:[Incoming Messengers Horse]:026:[Outgoing Messengers Horse]:026:[Possible Messengers Horse]:blush::eek-31::doh:
     
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  10. alex g

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    There's no question in my mind that the IQ of the better 4/3 glass is superior to the better u43 glass — I'm lucky to have and use both. Each has their pros and cons. The u43 stuff gives you more responsive aperture and autofocus systems and greater portability — the 4/3 stuff gives you faster lenses with more beautiful rendering, corner to corner. Second-hand copies of the 14-35/2, 35-100/2, 150/2 and both versions of the HG 50-200 are currently absurdly good value if your priority is image quality. The SHG 300/2.8 and 90-250/2.8 have held their prices rather better but are both unquestionably superb optics if you can afford the cost and weight implications, and I believe that the HG 12-60 is another real bargain right now, though I don't have any personal experience of it. But when weight and space are an issue, or uber-fast autofocus, the u43 glass comes into its own.

    Anyone who considers interest in 4/3 lenses to be a case of flogging dead horses has clearly missed part of the memo. ;)
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  11. Ashenwelt

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    That was supposed to be not just killing the messenger but the messenger going out.... we need to stop it from getting out.

    And you missed my favorite: 14-54mm :)
     
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  12. alex g

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    Ahhhh - that was an ambiguous one, you have to admit! Haha okay, now I get it! :thumbsup::)

    And you're right - I forgot the 14-54! Another gem! :)
     
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  13. Ashenwelt

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    Post clarified. :D
     
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  14. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

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    Sameer
    I have been wondering if the improved performance of 4/3 glass on the E-M1mkII will start to drive up prices. We can blame it on @alex g@alex g and all his testing :)
     
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  15. alex g

    alex g Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    And I've only been doing it in response to questions raised on this forum! :dash2::D
     
  16. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

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    Oh. And I thought you were doing it because you already owned the 4/3 glass you wanted :hide:
     
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  17. MAubrey

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    Mike Aubrey
    I think the teles are the biggest loss.

    Today if I encountered someone considering the 14-35mm and the 35-100mm f/2's for the speed & zoom versitility (with an EM-1 mk1 or mk2, of course), I'd instead encourage them to consider the Sigma 18-35mm and 50-100mm f/1.8's. Yeah, the range is slightly smaller (28mm-e vs. 35mm-e isn't that different though) and there's a slight gap (70mm-e & 100mm-e), but the Sigmas are smaller, faster, and lighter; not a lot, obviously, but definitely enough--and the Sigmas have better close focusing abilities, too.

    Two E-M1's, a 7-14mm f/2.8, and maybe also a Speedbooster (in addition to the regular MB adapter) and you'd be set of basically all event shooting!

    Conversely, there's nothing like the 150mm f/2 (especially!) or the 90-250mm f/2.8 & 300mm f/2.8. Those aren't replaceable by anything else available...
     
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  18. AG_Alex2097

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    Alex S.
    The GAS is strong with this one right now.... Tempted to get that 35-100/2 & 14-35/2
    Sad times though :(
     
  19. alex g

    alex g Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    The two Sigmas definitely have very attractive specs and good reviews, and they cost new about the same as used copies of the 14-35 and 35-100, although the latter are built so well that a decent used copy is practically as good as new. I don't have any personal experience of using them though — do you?
     
  20. MAubrey

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    Mike Aubrey
    The only SHG lens I've used is the 150mm f/2. I'd love to give the 14-35mm a try, but I've have and use the Sigma 18-35mm--my μ43 kit is the 18-35mm, 75mm, and 150mm. It's an incredible lens--got it used for $600.
     
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