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Anyone know the retail price of the 300mm f4 to be released early in 2015?

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Gary Ramey, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Gary Ramey

    Gary Ramey Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 27, 2012
    Aurora Colorado
    Gotta start pinching the pennies now and wanted to have an idea of what I'm looking at. Here's hoping they're not as proud of that lens as they are their 4/3 primes of that length.
     
  2. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    This lens is projected to arrive in FY 2016 which ends early in the calendar year 2016 (March 31). I would expect that the arrival date and any possible price is anyone's guess. I would be surprised if the 300f4 was less than $2000, but you never know, the Canon 300f4 L is $1500 (although it has less "fancy" glass elements than I would expect to see in the Olympus lens).
     
  3. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Considering you would need to buy a 600mm F4 lens in the canika world to get the same FOV or AOV. With these being well north of 10K olympus could charge who knows what......... 2000 would be a bargain.
     
  4. Gary Ramey

    Gary Ramey Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 27, 2012
    Aurora Colorado
    Olympus Americas site is still quoting q1 2015.
     
  5. Gary Ramey

    Gary Ramey Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 27, 2012
    Aurora Colorado
    I was thinking $2500.... But maybe that is optimistic. I do know with the very nice Canikon adapters available for M43 would make anything too expensive a no-go for me
     
  6. Gary Ramey

    Gary Ramey Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 27, 2012
    Aurora Colorado
    http://www.olympus-global.com/en/news/2014a/nr140212zuikoe.jsp
     
  7. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Olympus's financial year runs from March to March... so their internal "2015" doesn't start till next April 1st

    my guess on price would be in the 1500 US dollar range... but thats just a pure guess based on thats what canon and nikon charge for a 300/4

    could be a very fine lens if you are into sports or wildlife

    K
     
  8. Fri13

    Fri13 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 30, 2014
    Good for sports if you have two bodies. That is the thing what amaze me is Olympus couldn't do it to be 150-300mm f/2.8-4 zoom. But being prime must give extra quality sport/wildlife shooters will love.

    But difference between 150mm and 300mm isn't so much, but sometimes 300mm is just too much, especially in wild life. But two bodies then is perfect, other with 300mm and other 40-150mm.

    Just dreaming to get to safari again when that beast comes out.
     
  9. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    Many of us have waited a long time for this lens, myself included. For birds, wildlife and some kinds of sports, 300mm really isn't too long. It will actually be right in the range of the most often used focal lengths for these types of photography. Visit the Canon forum, POTN, and you'll find that most full frame users are normally working with 500-600mm lenses. When I use the Pan. 100-300mm, it's almost always at 300mm. I regularly use my EF 400mm f5.6L for birds now, for an equivalent of 800mm. For small birds and skittish animals, it's hard to go too long. That doesn't mean that a shorter lens wouldn't also be useful, it would be, but Olympus has to start rounding out the long end of the lens lineup somewhere. This is a great place to start.
     
  10. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    According to their website FY2014 ended march 2014. I've always found this confusing. So they are in FY2015 now and early calendar year 2016 is the last quarter in the 2016 FY.

    Not that I think any of this matters. They will release it when they are ready or not.
     
  11. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    I have been having a lot of success with the 150f2+ECs. It gives me:

    150f2
    210f2.8
    300f4

    In a relatively compact package.
     
  12. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    That's certainly an option. I've seen photos taken with the 150f2 and EC's, and they were very, very good. It's a beautiful lens.
     
  13. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    150f2+EC20 @300 f4 1/1250 (E-M1)

    P8210348.
     
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  14. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    Great shot! At first I thought the splash on the tree line was dust on my monitor. ;)
     
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  15. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    :biggrin: Water droplets from the bow paddler's right blade when it was in the air. They call the K2s and K4s splash and dash for a reason! Looking down the course at the start (1000m away) all you can see from the K2s and K4s is a whole line of water in the air, the boats are pretty much hidden. Some more here:

    Paddling Pictures
     
  16. Leif

    Leif Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 28, 2012
    Germany
    Leif
    As a prime it should also deliver much better results with the rumored 1.4x teleconverter.