- Mar 17, 2011
- Southwest Virginia
- Real Name
A 150 mm fixed lens is interesting.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.”
I agree, but another interesting thing I noticed looking at that photo. Look at the Nocticron mockup.and from the sample photos it does not look that small.
Yes this is true and I have one. It is OK stopped down and pretty soft wide open. Most premium m43 lenses are sharp wide open I suspect this costs $$ to achieve.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.
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):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.
I would tend to agree. Seeing as my primary lens on my FF Canon was the EF 200mm f2.8, a fast tele prime is definitely something that I would pick up for m43 if it existed and was reasonably priced. I'm very happy with the Sigma 60mm f2.8 but would be thrilled if they or someone else came out with something slightly longer like a 100mm f2.8. A 150mm f2.8 would be welcome as well, but not if its this size and price. I used my 200mm for portraits and shooting cyclocross races and I realize its a bit of a niche focal length for a prime, but I really loved it (just not its size, nor that of the camera is was mounted on)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.
I've seen on some other rumor site that this 42.5mm f1.2 mock-up is actually for the Lumix branded m43s' version. How they can make this so much smaller than their Leica version we will all just have to wait and see. Maybe when they give us some info on the 150mm they will also inform us about the 42.5mm?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):