Fast zooms?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by John M Flores, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    I've got the Panny 14-140, which is nice but slow. Does anyone make fast (F2.8 and faster) zooms for M43? I'm looking for good AF performance as well when mated to my GH2.

    I know that they won't be small, but that's ok...
     
  2. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Not yet. Rumor has a 12-50 f/2.8-3.5 coming from Panasonic this year. Haven't heard anything about it lately
     
  3. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  4. shoturtle

    shoturtle  

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    Oct 15, 2010
    oly 14-54 2.8-3.5 or 35-100 f2 plus the adapter.
     
  5. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    How is the AF on those with the adapter?
     
  6. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    I have the 14-54 MkI which works really rather well on my e-P1 but on my unfirmwareupdated Lumix G1 it won't autofocus. :(
     
  7. Try the Zuiko 14-54 MkII, it is meant to be a CDAF lens. The Leica 14-50 f2.8-3.5 is fully functional on Oly bodies but the AF is s...l...o...w.
     
  8. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Any new rumors about when Panny will be announcing the "promised" bright zoom?
     
  9. harry_s

    harry_s Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 19, 2011
    Wiltshire, UK
    I'm surprised there is nothing seemingly planned to roughly match the classic fast 70-200. I had a Sigma 50-150 2.8 on my D90 and it was brilliant for so many situations and still pretty compact.

    So, a fast constant 30-100 shouldn't need to be too big but would be much appreciated (at least by me!)
     
  10. robertro

    robertro Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2010
    14-54 Mk II

    The only real candidate with decent AF is the 14-54 MkII (with the caveat below).

    That one supports CDAF autofocus, using the M4/3-4/3 adapter from Oly or Panny. The AF performance is not stellar like that of the 14-140; it is perhaps a touch slower than the slowest focussing M4/3 native lenses.

    I had one and sold it because I was not using it, preferring the 14-45 or the 20 for most uses. I also had the earlier 14-54 Mk 1, but it was far too slow to AF.

    Caveat: Note that the GH2 is supposed to be faster to focus with all lenses, and my experiences were only with a GH1 and E-PL1. It is possible that the 35-100/2 focuses rapidly; that could be exciting!



     
  11. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 3, 2011
    Scotland
    ....sounds like lens Nirvana.... :biggrin:
     
  12. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    I'm confused. Isn't that the zuiko 14-45 mk II? Or is this another lens I'm unaware of? I'd normally think it was a typo but it was mentioned three times.
     
  13. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 3, 2011
    Scotland
    Yup, the Zuiko 14-54mm Mk II is what people are referring to.... not my idea of fun mounting one of those on a m43 camera, but each to their own.....
     
  14. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Tom
    Interesting discussion . . . does anyone know if the even better (supposedly) Olympus 12-60mm is CDAF also? I'd also be curious how quickly it or the 14-54 MkII focus on the new Olympus EP-3.

    That long-awaited Panasonic 12-50mm may cost a fortune, I fear. I was just checking on eBay, and the 14-54 MkII goes for about $350 now . . . . if you already have an adapter, it may become a viable option if it focuses quickly on new PENs.
     
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  15. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Tom
    Wow, thanks. Not blazing fast but pretty darn good.
     
  16. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I don't care. So long as they continue with the great image quality demonstrated by the 20, 25, and 45, it is reasonably sized (I don't mean microscopically small, I mean smaller than any other system alternative), and it has IS, I would throw down $1000 easy. Make it f/2 or faster (at least on the short end) and I would go up from there. Throw in close-focus ability on top of all that, and I could probably talk myself into $2000 (as I would then sell the Leica D 14-50 f/2.8-3.5 and adapter and the PL45/2.8)
     
  17. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    I think there are a lot of us waiting for a faster standard zoom, like the rumored 12-50/2.5-3.3. We'll see.

    f/2.8 or faster constant zooms are less likely though. Even for m4/3, they will be large and heavy, which is to say they won't make much sense for most of the people investing in the system.

    DH
     
  18. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Helloooooooo manufacturers ... I got money burnin' a hole in my pocket slated for an AF bright zoom .... Money you can have now in this down economy!
     
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