New Patent: Olympus M.Zuiko 40-200mm f/4 lens

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by jsusilo, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. jsusilo

    jsusilo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2012
    This is rarely mentioned, but with 12-40mm f/2.8 supposedly be announced soon, the roadmap for its "professional" native pairing may be 40-200mm f/4.0!


    Focal length f = 40.80-90.00-196.00mm
    Fno. 4.08
    Angle of view 2ω = 30.57-13.85-6.46 °
    BF 31.51-27.21-24.06mm
    158.58-170.08-193.58mm length
    Image height 11.15mm
    17 pieces of 13-group lens configuration
    One aspherical surface 2
    Four ED glass
    Inner Focus (Group 4)

    Recent rumor mention AF with 4/3 lens on OMD EM-1 is good (better than EM-5) allowing Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD to be excellent alternative if size not an issue till it comes out.
  2. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    That is exciting. I know they'll be much wailing and gnashing of teeth about it not being 2.8, but it would just be too big. I've used a few of f4 zooms form Pentax over the years and they certainly get the job done. Especially now with high iso and IBIS, I'll gladly trade a stop for size. At the long end the DoF will also be plenty shallow.
  3. napilopez

    napilopez Contributing Editor

    Feb 21, 2012
    NYC Area
    Napier Lopez
    Honestly, this sounds like a great idea. Can we really complain? Worst case scenario: you have to buy the already very good 35-100 f.28 from Panasonic.

    This means you have three options for a high quality tele zoom on the E-M1. You can get the 35-100 f2.8 Panasonic, you can get the old 4/3 Zuiko 35-100 f2, or you could get a 40-200 f4, giving you a varied set of options at different sizes.
  4. zapatista

    zapatista Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 19, 2012
    Albuquerque, NM
    Mike Barber
    A "professional" quality lens with a 400mm eq. with the same IQ as the Olympus 50-200mm 4/3's lens would be awesome.
  5. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    This was the lens I was waiting for. This is why APS-C bodies don't appeal to me. M43 is good enough on the wide end and on the tele end, are unmatched. I've literally compared crops from a Nikon D800 and 70-200 versus the E-M5 and 45-175, and honestly the E-M5/45-175 combo came out on top.
  6. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 18, 2012
    Ciaran Reilly
    This would be a very sensible solution and would show great courage and pragmatism from Olympus - putting size and practicality ahead of spec, i.e. everyone thinks they want f/2.8, but Olympus knows they don't need it, that instead they should buy a small lens and use high ISO and IBIS for the tricky shots. I like it!
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  7. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    This definitely looks interesting. I can live with f4 at the long end. :cool:
  8. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Great lens. But Olympus will still need to have a 70-200(ish) equivalent at 2.8 or faster. Canon Nikon and Sony both have 70-200's AND 80-400's in their range.

    still, a very good move by Olympus.

  9. jeffryscott

    jeffryscott Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 2, 2010
    That would be a very interesting lens, and wanted.:2thumbs:

    I think as an everyday lens, this could be more practical than the rumored 40-150 2.8.
  10. This sounds good to me. While the E-M1 (and presumably future Olympus bodies) will be able to autofocus the 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 Four Thirds lens properly, that is still a beast of a lens compared to anything Micro FT.
  11. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 26, 2011
    Shasta Cascade
    40-200mm f4 is a strange concept I'm not used to.

    What FF equivalent product is out there?

    both Nikon and Sony have 80-400mm but that's f4.5-5.6.

    Canon 100-400mm is also variable aperture.
  12. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 26, 2011
    Shasta Cascade
    Wasn't there a rumor for 40-150mm f2.8? I'd think that'll trump 35-100mm f2.8
  13. MarylandUSA

    MarylandUSA Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    Poolesville, Maryland
    Paul Franklin Stregevsky
    Back in the day of manual focus, Tokina made a 100-300 f/4 ATX zoom.
  14. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    Sigma did as well.

    But Olympus has the Zuiko 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD so an M.Zuiko update would be nice.
  15. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    100-300 was common for 35mm and that would translate to 150-450 for APS-C. I have the Panasonic 45-200 and it's nice range. If it's sharp enough at the wide end it would be a real winner.
  16. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Compared to the current 4/3 50-200/2.8-3.5, I imagine a 40-200/4.0 would be a lot smaller and lighter. At the same time, the 50-200 is f/2.9 through 100mm, so I'm not quite sure they'd be in direct competition.
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