Is there an actual official release date for the 40-150mm f2.8 yet?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Vulpix, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Vulpix

    Vulpix Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 23, 2011
    Godamnit the wait is killing me.
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  2. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 16, 2013
    I'm SO behind the lens times. I literally JUST pulled my 40-150 out today to give it a test run, as I was thinking of trading it in to help fund my 25/1.8. I was under the assumption that the quality was as bad as the kit 14-42. Boy was I wrong, lol!
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  3. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    No exact date but all the info I could find say second half of 2014 or summer 2014.
  4. BobbyTan

    BobbyTan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 26, 2013
    Long Beach, CA
    This photo of the PRO lens sizes was leaked to 43 Rumors.
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  5. chrisada

    chrisada Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 4, 2014
    Thanks, Bobby.

    I had thought the 7-14/2.8 would be smaller, and more similar in size to 12-40/2.8. This probably means I will go get the 7-14/4.0 and not wait.

    The 40-150/2.8 I already know is too big for me, so probably getting P35-100/2.8.
  6. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    I have only one thing to say to Olympus:
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    Oh I would love to get my hands on that lens already in the summer! :dance4:
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  7. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Nice..that makes the 40-150 almost exactly the size of the 50-200 Zuiko lens, which is big, but not ridiculous. Now, if that 1.4x teleconverter becomes a reality I may have to have a long hard think about whether something like the 300/4.0 is really worth it to me. The 50-200 size is pretty much at the top end of what I'm willing to drag around while travelling, which is when I shoot telephoto (wildlife).
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  8. BobbyTan

    BobbyTan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 26, 2013
    Long Beach, CA
    For a fast f2.8 lens, the 40-150 or 80-300/2.8 in FF terms with image stabilization is still an extremely compact lens. No DSLR lens comes close … not at f2.8 constant aperture anyway. Instead of the 300/4 I wished Olympus had gone with a 250/4 instead, as the jump from 300 to 600 is quite a big one. I would have been happier with a 300mm + 500mm + TC. A 250/4 would be smaller and less expensive too. What were they thinking? They could still make one further down the road.
  9. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    They are aiming at the "pros" who want as much reach as possible{sports and wildlife}. I agree with you, I would have preferred a 250mm and saved some size/weight/cost.
  10. dfreezy

    dfreezy Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 23, 2012
    Boston, MA
    What are the estimated street prices of the new PRO lenses Bobby? I haven't been keeping up with the rumor sites :D
  11. DigitalD

    DigitalD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2014
    I haven't heard prices but my bet would be $1K USD for the 7-14, $1.5KUSD for the 40-150 & the 300.
  12. BobbyTan

    BobbyTan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 26, 2013
    Long Beach, CA
    No news/info to date. If I hear anything on m43 Rumors (usually the first one to know) I will be sure to post it here … unless someone else has already done so.
  13. BobbyTan

    BobbyTan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 26, 2013
    Long Beach, CA
    That's wishful thinking indeed. The Panasonic 7-14/4 is selling about $1,000 and the Nikon 14-24/2.8 is about $2,000. So I am guessing the 7-14/2.8 will cost somewhere in-between or around $1,500.
  14. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 27, 2013
    1K and 1.5K mark looks reasonable. Remember the Pana is made in Japan, and the Oly lens will all be made in china. The 12-40 cost twice cheaper than the Pana...
  15. gcogger

    gcogger Mu-43 Veteran

    May 25, 2010
    Do you mean the Panasonic 12-35mm? That's substantially cheaper than the Olympus 12-40mm where I am (in the UK).
  16. BobbyTan

    BobbyTan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 26, 2013
    Long Beach, CA
    There is only a 10% price difference in the US. I think the Panasonic is overpriced, as the 12-40 is generally a better lens in terms of built, and slightly better in terms of IQ.

    Again, there is just no way that an f2.8 lens can be the same price as an f4.0 lens. It's just unheard of.
  17. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Tell that to Olympus. Nikon 14-24/2.8 - $2000. Olympus ZD 7-14/4.0 - $1800.

    There's a lot more to lens pricing than just the aperture. That's particularly true with designs where software correction can play a big role.
  18. Vulpix

    Vulpix Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 23, 2011
    Soooo, any news yet?
  19. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    I sure wish Panasonic would put the upcoming 7-14 and the 40-150 in the DFD database. Im starting to think I'll feel locked in to Panasonic, despite a shared mount, to take advantage of the predictive focus.
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  20. MNm43

    MNm43 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 19, 2014
    I think that is exactly right. Birders (which I am sometimes) travel a lot and airlines have become increasingly restrictive on carry-ons. The idea of fitting a 600 f4 (FF equiv) lens together with a 80-300 f2.8 (FF equiv) under my seat is just way tempting . . .
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