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Lots of nice lenses on the horizon

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by madogvelkor, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    937
    Feb 22, 2013
    Connecticut
    Looking over at 4/3 Rumors, it looks like there are some nice lenses on the horizon. Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.2 & 150mm f/2.8 and a couple lenses by Schneider...
     
  2. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 18, 2012
    Dublin
    Ciaran Reilly
    I would be very interested in the Panasonic 150/2.8, although I fear it will be quite pricey :frown: The 42.5/1.2 will be of serious interest to people into portraits. Good times ahead!
     
  3. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    729
    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I wish there was a 300 f4 on the horizon.

    Paul
     
  4. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I wonder how the 42.5/1.2 will compare, in performance, price and size, to the Oly 45/1.8, which is a truly wonderful and wonderfully compact (and highly affordable) lens? The 150/2.8 and the truly-to-be-hoped-for 300/4 may well be astromically expensive. Here's hoping both companies continue to pursue m4/3 and their other consumer digital camera markets.
     
  5. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Robert
    Me too. Even if it were quite pricey I would buy it.

    :)

     
  6. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    937
    Feb 22, 2013
    Connecticut
    It will probably be more expensive, but give better control over DOF which is important to portrait photographers.

    I think it would have the same DOF as an 85mm f/2.4 on FF, while the Oly gives the same DOF as a 90mm f/3.6.

    Plus a full stop more light.
     
  7. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    Also a manual focus 42.5mm f0.95 Voigtlander Nokton on the horizon as well, which is a pretty direct competitor to that Panny 42.5
     
  8. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    I've never pre-ordered a lens before, but I think I will for the 42.5 f1.2.
     
  9. F/Stop

    F/Stop Mu-43 Veteran

    451
    Mar 9, 2013
    West Virginia
    Brian Y.

    this is the only reason i have not caved and bought the 45 1.8 yet.. my luck ill purchase it and a few months later the 42.5 will be released, which i hope is just as good optically (or at least as close) as the 85mm nikon :43:
     
  10. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    The Oly 45 is a wonderful lens, I will not hesitate to recommend it. We probably won't see the Pana 42.5 until February. That's a lot of shooting you'll be missing.
     
  11. fsuscotphoto

    fsuscotphoto Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2013
    St. Cloud, FL
    Ron
    I'm not brave enough to per-order.


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  12. ptolemyx

    ptolemyx Mu-43 Veteran

    290
    Jun 19, 2012
    Vancouver, BC
    Ben
    The 45/1.8 is easy to buy used and just as easy to sell -- if you do well you'll break even, and if not you might only lose 40 bucks or so. Do it! Do it now!
     
  13. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Thanks, my math does take me that far. :D You make a good point that's easy to forget, though - what seems like a nearly nominal difference in terms of 35mm FF amounts to twice the difference for m4/3.

    There are other known unknowns, though - will it deliver high IQ? Will it work on Oly bodies? Will it cost as much as your next car? :wink:
     
  14. CaptZoom

    CaptZoom Mu-43 Regular

    48
    Apr 11, 2013
    Any one if the Panny lens, any of the new ones, will be a Leica design?
     
  15. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Much as I'm enjoying shooting with the manual focus Zuiko 300mm f4.5, I'd jump at a native 300mm prime with at f4 or 4.5. That and a high quality m4/3 1.4X telephoto converter would be a dream come true. Meanwhile, big and heavy as it is, the Zuiko 300mm is smaller than most legacy lenses in that focal length.
     
  16. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    The only m4/3 lens that has Leica in the badging is the Pan-Leica 25/1.4, so I would guess (emphasize guess) that the answer is no.
     
  17. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    The 45mm Macro is also Pana-Leica badged
     
  18. CaptZoom

    CaptZoom Mu-43 Regular

    48
    Apr 11, 2013
    I think your guess will prove to be accurate.

    It's not just badging. Leica helps design the optics.
     
  19. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Ooop! - thanks for catching that. :redface:

    Yes - though I've never been clear on the degree of cooperation. And the Panasonic lenses themselves are not exactly duds. :smile:
     
  20. CaptZoom

    CaptZoom Mu-43 Regular

    48
    Apr 11, 2013
    Panasonic has some superb lenses. I did not mean to imply otherwise.
    As for Leica-Panasonic partnership, Panasonic handles all the manufacturing. Leica places quality control parameters, and either helps design the optics or grants Panny license to use existing designs.