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Interesting lens patent from Olympus 12-150mm f4 - 6.3

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by speedandstyle, May 20, 2014.

  1. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer


    This is just a patent and may never see the light of day but it is very interesting. 43 rumors speculated it may be a power zoom for video use. I would LOVE one for that. I think it is a lens that m4/3 is missing especially for general video use. Nikon has a lens along these lines for the 1 system and I have often dreamed of a similar lens for m4/3.
  2. zap

    zap Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 23, 2012
    that's an interesting all-in-one lens...
  3. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Yeah, if I ever got a super zoom, it would have to start at 24mm EFL. A 12-100 or 12-150 is a lot more useful for me than a 14-150 or 14-200.
  4. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    I could replace my Oly 14-150mm with that (if the price is right). I only use that lens for video anyways so power zoom would be better for my use...
  5. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    The FL range is good.
    The aperture range is...okay.
    The IS is...straight up confusing. With more and more Oly and Pan bodies moving toward IBIS, it's a bit of a noodle-scratcher as to why they'd develop lenses with IS, especially since Oly and Pan have had a good little deal so far...one puts IS in bodies, the other in lenses (up 'till the GX-7).

    IF this thing sees the light of day (and it likely won't, as companies file ten thousand patents for every new product they bring to the market), I think it could be a good replacement for the 14-150...the extra 2mm at the wide end would make a big difference for many people, especially those picking it up as a one-stop solution to their travel photography.
  6. M4/3

    M4/3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    Yep if the upcoming OMD E-M6 had a 12-150mm power zoom + 4K video recording capability (or at least high bitrate 1080 recording) + 5 axis body stabilization it would really help Olympus maintain/grow sales in the high end compact system camera market.
  7. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    This might make a good lens for a fixed lens 4/3 sensor camera.
  8. hoodlum

    hoodlum Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 16, 2012
    Toronto Canada
    I wonder if this is an indication that we will see more lenses from Olympus with OIS. Maybe they would do it for specific uses like video or for some long lenses such as the 300mm f4.
  9. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    I'd love to think that but not quite likely will it happen. because of the aperture range. Olympus has the Stylus 1 that offers 10x zoom with f/2.8 constant aperture, built around a much smaller sensor though; nowadays it's just impossible for camera makers to not consider low light performance as consumers judge a camera by that.
  10. Edmunds

    Edmunds Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 16, 2012
    The Olympus 14-150 is already not very good at 14mm. This would have to be either a much bigger lens or its going to be even worse.
  11. mistermark

    mistermark Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 16, 2012
    I agree; in fact I'd be willing to sacrifice some of the top end to get 12mm. So a 12-75 2.8 or 2.8-4, weather-sealed, high performance, not too big and heavy, ideally 58mm filters, would be my ideal travel lens.
  12. barry13

    barry13 Mu-43.com Editor Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    That would probably be as large or larger than the 12-60mm ZD (which has 72mm filters).

  13. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    Why? Every M43rds lens with the same/similar specs as a 43 lens that has been released has been smaller so far. Eg, zuiko 7-14/4 vs pana 7-14/4, oly 9-18mm 43 (72!) vs 9-18mm m43 (52),http://camerasize.com/compact/#482.96,482.6.1,ha,t etc.

    The 12-40/2.8 is noticeably smaller than the 14-54/2.8-3.5 or the 14-50/2.8-3.5 as well (especially when you add the required adapter), the 12-40 has a little less range, but it goes wider, and faster on the long end than both lenses.

    The 43rds flange means a lens that starts at 12mm needs a design that is much more retrofocal than one with a shorter flange, which means a bigger design. So a 12-60/2.8-4 for M43 should be smaller than the 43rds version, and 75mm isn't so much longer that it would be likely to make a huge difference.
  14. bhima

    bhima Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 25, 2014
    It would be VERY limited though as F4 is pretty dang slow if its your only lens on a fixed camera. I would like to see an m4/3 fixed camera though with decent lens (2.0-4.0). I know this is possible because the Canon G1X mark 2 has a larger sensor than m4/3 and its lens is F2-4 I believe.
  15. Edmunds

    Edmunds Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 16, 2012
    The Canon G1X has a 28-112mm f/2.8-f/5.8 lens.
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