Dream lens?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by wlewisiii, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 16, 2011
    Hayward, WI
    William B. Lewis
    If you could convince Olympus or Panasonic or Whomever to produce and sell any lens, what would you be looking for?

    I would like a 25/2.8 lens using the classic 4 lens 3 element Tessar design. I grew up with cameras with a standard prime and quite possible the greatest lenses I ever used were Carl Zeiss Jena 50/2.8 & 50/3.5 collapsible lenses on Contax & Kiev rangefinders. The "fast" version I had was uncoated - I doubt I need to be quite that retro/masochistic, but a single coated lens like the 50/3.5 I had once upon a time would be fun.

    Dirt simple, even with AF they should be able to be under $100 for one.

    What would you like to see?
     
  2. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
    A 14-50 1.8. I can dream can't I?
     
  3. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Veteran

    493
    Aug 26, 2011
    Shasta Cascade
    I don't know about under $100 but in my opinion u43 already has many dream lenses including 12-35mm f.28 and 35-100mm f2.8.

    I would be willing to pay up to $2,000 MSRP with $1,800 street price for 300mm f2.8 and little more for 400mm f2.8.

    I could tolerate these lenses up to 2.5 pounds.
     
  4. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Veteran

    493
    Aug 26, 2011
    Shasta Cascade
    Sigma has 18-35mm f1.8 for APS-C sensor and they're working on 24-70mm OS f2.0 lens for FF according to rumors.

    Not sure about 14-50mm range...but something close is a possibility.

    Or you could probably just buy 17mm f1.8, 25mm f1.4, & 45mm f1.8 and probably be done with it.
     
  5. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    Fred
    This could change any time but today's dream is a 12-48 f/2.8-4, the same quality as the Olympus 4/3 HQ lenses. In this dream this lens has a sister 30-120mm f/2.8-4. Lots of overlap in my favorite 30-50mm range.

    Fred

    Um... A less expensive 12/2.8 would be nice too. And...
     
  6. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    I would like something like a 400mm f4 or 100-400 zoom.
     
  7. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    the old 12-60/2.8-4.0 reworked for m43!

    /edit: almost forgot, and a 7/4.0 wide-angle!!!
     
  8. GRID

    GRID Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2011
    Easy, 300mm F2.8
     
  9. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    This.
     
  10. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    The P12-35 at half the price.
     
  11. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    7-70 mm 1.2 constant s
    Aperture :drinks:
     
  12. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    A prime in the range 7-9, at the most 10mm, with the widest aperture possible and still keep the price less than say, 600 €£$.
     
  13. NiteWing

    NiteWing Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 4, 2013
    Virginia
    A Leica Tri-Elmar for m4/3 at 12-17-25 f2.8. This Lens would probably cost 10,000, but I would surely play the lottery alot more.
     
  14. PatrickVA

    PatrickVA Mu-43 Veteran

    264
    Jul 31, 2012
    Central Virginia
    Yes! Make it a weather sealed pancake with integrated hood, built in variable ND filter, and sell it for under $500.
     
  15. 12-100mm f/1

    Under $500.
     
  16. mh2000

    mh2000 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2010
    I'm with the OP. Oly 25/2.8 pancake for under $200 (realistic).

    I'm loving shooting my Sigma 30 now... but would much prefer a 25mm pancake!
     
  17. PatrickVA

    PatrickVA Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 31, 2012
    Central Virginia
     
  18. rnagoda

    rnagoda Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 12, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    Robert
    You guys are finally getting close ... I'll take 6-400 f/0.95, please. I need this to have lightning-fast autofocus with a completely silent motor that doesn't drain my wimpy little Pana batteries.

    Also, since I view these things differently than most of the m4/3 crowd, I want it to be appropriately (disgustingly) large. 47 pounds of all metal, weather-sealed goodness, with a 144mm front element that domes out like an elementary school library globe (no filter possible).

    And ... $295, no more.
     
  19. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    rnagoda, an entire squadron of British Saddlebacks just flew past my window ...:)
     
  20. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    300mm f2.8 or 90-250mm f2.8

    We are waaaaay over due for 1.4x/ 2x TCs as well
     
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