New PRO zoom from olympus?

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by hazwing, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
  2. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    Or something else completely?
     
  3. BeyondTheLines

    BeyondTheLines Mu-43 Veteran

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    Patrick
    I think if it carries the Pro name it won't be mid-range in price or aperture. Maybe a m43 version of the 12-60? I'll be interested to see what it is if this rumour proves to be true.
     
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  4. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Could be interesting, one can hope.
     
  5. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    I'd love to see them revamp the 11-22 for M4/3 with a slightly expanded range. Maybe a 10-25/2.8-4 or an 11-30/2.8-4. I know people are allergic to variable apertures when it comes to "professional" branded lenses, but when it's a trade-off between being slow throughout or somewhat faster on the wide-end, I can't see any disadvantage. Having 2.8 on the wide end of a UWA/standard zoom makes it a lot more useful for low light landscape or astrophotography.
     
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  6. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    MFT 50-200,2.8...35-10-,f2...90-250,2.8...100-400,f4....

    Wouldn't make sense to overlap current 7-150 Pros, unless different aperture. If catering to pros and expecting the em1-mk2 appeals to them, then Oly is still lacking a sports/wildlife zoom. Can't wait to hear.
     
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  7. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I don't think 11mm is going to cut it though, too little difference to 12mm on the 12-40. 9 or 10mm maybe, the key differentiator to both 7-14mm will be if it takes filters.

    Other possibility is something like a 150-250mm f/2.8-4 that takes the MC-14 for a 210-350mm f/4-5.6.
     
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  8. MRM

    MRM Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 9, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    Matt
    Could just be a new version of the 12-40 but with IS. It does say it's a standard zoom. Olympus might go there to give 6-7 stops on a normal lens. I can already handhold at 12 mm to 1 second and some ppl can to 2. Imagine being able to have stabilized shots at 4 seconds. Would be great for low light landscape. Or if they are going after video have completely smooth handheld.
     
  9. danelkins

    danelkins Mu-43 Veteran

    Well they already have PRO Zooms covering 7-14mm, 12-40mm and 40-150mm (210mm w/1.4x). I wouldn't expect any major overlaps based on their history in 4/3s and m4/3. I think a quality optic in the range of 80-240 (2.8 or 4) or 100-300/4 would be a nice addition . . . and one doesn't currently exsist. I feel an 80-200/4 that would utilize the 1.4x would fit nicely into the lineup for both its FL and physical size, and they don't have to even label it PRO.
     
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  10. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    They could got the other way and add f/2.0 options.

    4/3 offerings not exactly covered by current m4/3 options:
    OLYMPUS : ZUIKO DIGITAL 11-22mm F2.8-3.5
    OLYMPUS : ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-35mm F2.0 SWD
    OLYMPUS : ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 35-100mm F2.0
    OLYMPUS : ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD
    OLYMPUS : ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 SWD
    OLYMPUS : ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 90-250mm F2.8

    Looking at the 7-14 / 12-40 / 40-150 trinity I'd think something in the 12-60 f/4 or 100-300 f4 might make sense. Or maybe work with Sigma on an f/1.8 zoom?
     
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  11. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Doing this to the 40-150 would make more sense if it's just an IS update.
     
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  12. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    A more compact f2 short-range standard zoom would also be really interesting to see. 14-30/f2.0 or f1.8, say, but not going too much past the size/weight of the 12-40/2.8 due to the smaller range (front element / entrance pupil sizes are near identical in both examples).

    People seem to love the 18-35/1.8 from Sigma and tolerate the 800+ gram weight, so something in the 500g range for M4/3 would be a great middle ground and would fulfil the "bag full of primes" mandate.
     
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  13. MRM

    MRM Mu-43 Regular

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    Matt
    Could do it to all of the zooms. But the 12-40 is older and probably has lower sale numbers since there are so many out there.
     
  14. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Of course it could just be a pro-style variable aperture telephoto. Nikon, Canon, Sigma, and Tamron all have higher "class" variable aperture options. Even the 100-400 Panasonic could be called Pro given weather sealing built in tripod mount.

    Agreed, just saying since they've acknowledge dual IS helps with longer telephotos that the 40-150 might make more sense.
     
  15. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 18, 2015
    I think a faster shorter range zoom seems like one of the most likely options. I personally would love a slightly wider zoom that takes filters. Not too interested in a really fast and probably fairly heavy zoom with a small range. I'm happy with my primes for that.
     
  16. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    I would like something that competes with the P35-100.
     
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  17. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    The only gap for a Pro lens right now would be in the 150-300 range. It would make sense for it to be a 100-300 f4 as some have already suggested. But, if it's to be introduced at Photokina in September, it's a cinch we would have heard more rumors about it by now. Maybe they'll announce something at the show, but it won't be available until well mid-2017.

    Still, I wonder if it would really be a 100-300. Wouldn't that undercut sales of the 300 f4 Pro? Maybe it'd be a 100-300 f4-5.6. I would love it if it was a 50-200 f2.8, but that again would be a big overlap on the 40-150 Pro.
     
  18. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Introducing a 100-300/f4 would be a lot like when Olympus introduced the 40-150/2.8 and killed development of Panasonic's 150/2.8 prime.

    It's not going to happen. Not to mention it would be a massive, heavy, very expensive lens.
     
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  19. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    I would also love a 50-200 ƒ2.8, is what the 40-150 Pro should have been and why I have the 50-200 SWD now. I don't think they would make one because it would kill the sales of the 40-150. There is nothing that they could come up with that would not somehow fight for sales from what they already have. I thought about something like a 90-250 ƒ4 but that is basically a 40-150 with a TC. The only thing they can do is go faster (slower does not make since in a Pro line of lenses), which means bigger and more expensive. Like....maybe...... a µ4/3 version of the SHG lenses.
     
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  20. DeoreDX

    DeoreDX Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 13, 2013
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    If it is a standard zoom maybe it's a 24-80 to cover a full frame sensor :biggrin:
     
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