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old 75-300 vs new 75-300

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by elj4176, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 23, 2012
    The new version is quite a bit cheaper. I'm curious if anyone knows what Oly has skimped on to cut the price that much. Is it image quality or build quality? Both?

    Thinking maybe someone on here has had a chance to compare the new one to the original. I know the original version is very sharp and if the new version isn't as good then I'll get the original instead.
  2. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    From what I have read they are optically the same. I have yet to see an user review. Let's hope it'll be the same build quality.
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  3. judywisconsin

    judywisconsin Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 25, 2013
    elj - you beat me to asking the question - thanks. Hope someone will have some insight.
  4. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 23, 2012
    I don't know how they could keep it the same for almost half price. I can wait to pick one up until later this year. There should be some opinions/reviews by then.
  5. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    That's usually done by replacing heavy-duty metal parts with cheaper, lighter, plastic parts. Optics are rarely changed in new versions of the same lens as that would actually increase cost through further development, rather than reduce it.

    I have no idea yet what the difference will be between these two particular lenses, but often in other cases optics and performance is kept the same or even improved while reducing weight, production cost, and in the end... durability.

    Personally, I don't think this is such a bad thing if the price can be halved. Two cheaper-built lenses may even outlast one better built lens, after all.
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  6. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    I'm a happy owner of the original, but I'd say build quality is the weakest part of that lens. Great quality optics, tiny, and light weight, but (as a result of the latter perk) very plasticky. Also if you hold it upside down, it only takes a couple of seconds to zoom all the way out. I love the lens, but I shedder to think what it would be like if $400 was saved solely by using even cheaper material.
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  7. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 23, 2012
    Good point Ned. I don't mind the build quality of my other plastic lenses (14-42 and 40-150) and as long as the optics are solid I'll be fine with it.
  8. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    They're identical. Optical formula is the same. Weight is the same. The only thing that may have changed is the lens coatings, but all indications are that's for the better.

    The reason the new 75-300 isn't as expensive as the old is that Olympus decided it was worth taking lower profits per unit in order to sell more lenses.
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  9. judywisconsin

    judywisconsin Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 25, 2013
  10. newbert

    newbert Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 22, 2012
    Glens Falls, NY
  11. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Like the opposite of what happened with the Zuiko 14-54mm and Zuiko 14-54mm II. They are both built very much the same and probably take the same to produce, with the only differences being a rounded aperture and CDAF optimization, but the original was only $500 and the second version was about $750. $500 was simply too low a price for such a lens and I'm sure they wanted to up the retail price for a long time... the Mark II version was a good excuse to do that. ;) 
  12. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 23, 2012
  13. Robstar1963

    Robstar1963 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 10, 2011
    Isle of Wight England UK
    Robert (Rob)
    The Olympus 70 - 300mm Four Thirds Lens will auto focus when used with a four thirds - micro four thirds adaptor. However focussing will be quite a bit slower than a native Micro Four Thirds lens as Four Thirds Lenses are designed to work with phase detection auto focus
  14. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    Cameta Camera has the 70-300 4/3 Olympus for $229 refurbished. I've had one. It focuses pretty well on an m4/3. About like the 14-54 MKII. Better than the 50-200 SWD, which sucks for focusing.
  15. judywisconsin

    judywisconsin Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 25, 2013
    Thanks for the input on the non-micro 4/3 lens. Think I'll skip it & wait for the new Olympus version. Has anyone tried the Panasonic that zooms to 300 (can't remember the minimum number)
  16. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
  17. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Just judging by what i see around this forum, 100-300mm panny far outsells the olympus. I think olympus finally did the smart thing here by lowering the price.
  18. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    I pre-bought the Oly 75-300, partly out of it having a 58mm thread. The other reason I pre-bought the lens is because of all the recent sale price on other Oly and Panasonic tele lenses. I felt that I had to commit in order to stop listening to the call of them all. I hope it's a peach when it comes out.
  19. Harmonica

    Harmonica Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 15, 2012
    I bought the first version of these (''Mk1'') 3 weeks ago at price 499euros. It was the last one that local camera shop had here. For me that was already good enough price drop to pick up one of these (= zooms). Selling price of Mk1 had been 899euros and the new Mk2 seemed to cost here between 599 - 611euros. Panny 100-300mm is about 630 - 650euros, and Tokina/Kenko 300mm mirror is 445euros.

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  20. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    Is that the beast at the top left that looks like a hand-held lamp? LOL :eek: 
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