- Mar 17, 2011
- Southwest Virginia
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UPDATE: There was some confusion on the translation. Sorry about it. Here is the correct news: Panasonic manager Inoue announced in an interview at Imaging Resource that a planned telephoto zoom lens will NOT be released this year and it has been removed from the roadmap. The 150mm f/2.8 is still (!) on roadmap although it sounds like it could be delayed a bit. Inoue says:
“Yes, we had been considering, but looking at the overall situation, what it would take for development and what sales there would be, we decided to cancel the long telephoto zoom. We had already released 150mm, but for the zoom, we are very sorry, but this was our decision.”
and from the sample photos it does not look that small.
I am perplexed why a 150/2.8 should be expensive. 135/2.8 designs were simple, sharp and relatively cheap.
Only if they made it with lost of special glass to make it very small could I see high cost and from the sample photos it does not look that small.
Now that Photokina 2014 is here, has anyone heard any updates on the Panasonic 150 f/2.8 prime lens being produced? Or is it still on hold? I would prefer this prime over the Oly 40-150 f/2.8, due to the anticipated smaller size and weight savings of prime vs. zoom.
They would either have to make this lens much cheaper than the Oly 40-150mm 2.8 (which I doubt it will be, probably would be around $1,000-1,200, should be under $800) or make this lens F2.0 without affecting the size of it too much for it to sell well.
The mock 150mm lens that Panasonic displayed doesn't look any smaller than the Oly 40-150mm 2.8 (compare it's size with the mock lens they had for the 42.5mm F1.2):