Expectations of new Oly zoom

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by bubba911t, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. bubba911t

    bubba911t New to Mu-43

    Aug 4, 2013
    Any guesses as to what kind of new kit lens Oly will introduce with the "pro" OM-D? Something comparable to the 12-60, maybe?
  2. zensu

    zensu Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 8, 2012
    Alabama USA
    I hope this is the route they take! I'd be one of the first in line to buy that gem! Then I would feel my lenses would be a full/complete group.
  3. huai

    huai Mu-43 Regular

    May 24, 2013
    I want it very badly to be a competitor to the Panny 12-35mm, but my money is on a 25mm prime.
  4. Swandy

    Swandy Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 15, 2009
    There have been rumors for a while that it will be some version of wide-normal zoom. Agree that something akin to the 12-60 (or even the 14-54) but with a faster variable aperture (2.8-4) would make me a very happy camper. (I see my 14-42 and 12-50 going up for sale immediately!!! Though I might keep the 14-42 for the times I want something smaller since I doubt the rumored lens will be small.)
  5. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Given that the "super" OM-D is going to be an E-5 successor and will apparently use FT lenses as well as mFT lenses without any issues I can't see them introducing a competitor to the 12-60 or 14-54ii.

    I am not sure I see a new Oly zoom in that range if they have a hybrid camera.
  6. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    My feeling is that if they fix AF with 4/3 lenses, they probably won't release a new kit lens, at least not for a bit. There are a lot of unsold 14-54s and 12-60s sitting in warehouses.

    I guess there's a first time for everything, but so far they've stuck remarkable close to the principle of releasing only fast primes and slow zooms.
  7. -spam-

    -spam- New to Mu-43

    Aug 4, 2013
    While a fast standard zoom would be nice, I wouldn't be too disappointed if they came out with another prime.

    To be honest, it was the Oly primes that drew me to m4/3 in the first place. Love the idea of having a bag full of fast glass that weighs in about less than my 7D and 24-70L.

    But while we are at it, a 12-50 or 12-60 f2 or f2.8 wouldn't go astray for when I want a single zoom. A fast m4/3 version of the Canon 24-105L would sell like hot cakes I reckon.
  8. Dave Jenkins

    Dave Jenkins Mu-43 Veteran

    Just how bad is the autofocus of the 12-60 Olympus f2.8-4 on the OM-D5?
  9. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Well that depends :biggrin: .

    In S-AF it is fast, in fact faster than the 14-54ii which is C-AF optimised.

    On the other hand it is slower in S-AF than the 14-54ii is in C-AF. Why? I have no idea.

    Overall it is somewhat slower than the PL20.

    Certainly quite usable.
  10. Swandy

    Swandy Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 15, 2009
    43 Rumors
    This is going to be the NEW zoom for the NEW body - and all us Olympus body users that have not gotten the Panasonic 12-35 yet.
  11. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    The forthcoming camera is strongly rumoured to include PDAF which will give Four Thirds lenses full functionality, including AF. Therefore Olympus will not need to make a new 12-60mm, because they already have one! :biggrin:
  12. TetonTom

    TetonTom Mu-43 Regular

    I'd be happy with a 25mm prime. And I'd take compact over fast; a 1.8 would be ok if it was same size as the 17. It could even be plastic like the 45 if the images came out like they do from the 45...
  13. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    There was a patent leak not too long ago showing an Olympus 12-40mm design in variations of f/2.8 and f/2.8-4.

    Whether or not we'll see it is another story.

    While 4/3 lenses are great, they're still relatively larger and heavier.

    Olympus 14-35 mm f/2 is 900 g
    Olympus 12-60 mm f/2.8-4 is 575 g
    Panasonic 14-50 mm f/2.8-3.5 is 490 g
    Olympus 14-54 mm f/2.8-3.5 II is 440 g

    I know there isn't many fast M4/3 mid-range zooms available to compare, but just look at the one that's available.

    Panasonic 12-35 mm f/2.8 is 305 g

    The weight savings can be significant without a mirror box. Size savings would go without saying.

    How much do you wager the Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8 or f/2.8-4 would weigh if it's not an unicorn?
  14. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Quoting for listness ;
  15. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Expectations that it is going to be small are likely unwarranted. 12-35 on top of 14-54ii with 4/3 to m43 adapter.

    12-35+14-54+OM-D by pelicaneng, on Flickr
  16. zensu

    zensu Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 8, 2012
    Alabama USA
    I imagine this new ultra high tech full featured OM-D E-M? will command a premium price (and probably deserves that much money). I'm just as sure that Olympus will sell a new premium kit lens for this high end digital camera and that kit lens will have a fantastic focal range and be super fast. I just don't wish for it to be too premium priced so that us working class photogs can save up our pennies and one day purchase the little beauty! :drinks:
  17. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    I would really like to see any mirrorless camera maker producing a moderately fast (say, f/3.5 or even f/4) zoom with 24-120mm focal range in 35mm terms. I really loved my Sony DSC-R1 which was equipped with a very sharp and contrasty 24-120mm lens. Even when I had Pentax K-x, Pentax 16-45/4 and Sigma 50-150/2.8, I preferred my DSC-R1 for travels because of its smaller overall size and better optical quality. I'm pretty sure it can be done because Sony right now has Zeiss 16-80 for its A-mount and this lens enjoys a high reputation.

    I think about $800 for such a lens will be a very good price.
  18. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    So would I. I would be particularly pleased with something offering a decent amount of subject separation at the long end. In other words, a 16-80/2.8-4.0 on an APS-C sized sensor, or a 12-60/2.2-3.3 on 4/3.