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Oly 45/1.8 -- needs some friends

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by demiro, May 21, 2012.

  1. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    Pardon my technical ignorance with this question, but I'm wondering if it is reasonable to expect that Olympus can make additional lenses that would match the build quality, performance, size and cost ratio of the 45/1.8?

    Any reason not to expect a 25/1.8 and a 17/1.8 at some point? Does something make those FLs more difficult to manufacture or more expensive?

    It would one hell of a triumverate for ~ $1000 if they can do it. I'm loving the 45/1.8 more and more every time I use it (in case there was any question).
  2. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Apparently Olympus has already filed a patent for a fast aperture 17mm lens. If they release something like what you proposed in that FL I'm sure they'd have a lot of interested parties.
  3. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Historically, wide and fast lenses are more expensive than "normal" and fast lenses. My bet is that a fast 17mm would be more expensive than the 45/1.8.
  4. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    I think it's odd that they've yet to release a normal prime (25ish). I mean, they had to be working on one, right? Even though Panny already has that range doubley covered? I'm glad we have 2 companies making lenses for us so we have the 14'20'45 affordable option...
  5. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    The Panasonic 20/1.7 is less expensive and it's manufactured in Japan. Why should a 17/1.8 built by Olympus in China (like the 45/1.8) cost substantially more?

  6. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    I have no reasonable explanation. Other than that's how pricing historically ends up. It'd sure be great to have a 17/1.8 for $200! On the other hand, the very average 17/2.8 currently retails for $299. So somehow, I doubt we'd see prices for a fast 17 south of $299. Although we can all hope.

    On the other hand, I'm really hoping for something more like a 17/1.4. $500-600 would be a fair price for a good quality 17/1.4.
  7. silversx80

    silversx80 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 27, 2012
    North Carolina
    A 17mm is retro-focused on m.4/3, so it would be a bit more expensive to get it fast. That said, I'd buy a 17mm f/2.

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  8. pharaviel

    pharaviel Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2011
    Reggio Emilia, Italy
    Daniele Frizzi
    Olympus had the 25mm f2.8 pancake kit lens on its non-pro bodies...
    I would like a small pancake 25mm f2... weather sealed... cheap... good...
  9. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Agreed! The Zuiko 25mm f/2.8 was a gem of its time. When it came out it was the first digital pancake, and perfectly matched what were at the time the smallest DSLR bodies out (the Olympus E-410, E-420, E-600, E-620, E-510, E-520...). A 25mm pancake and E-410 or E-420 body was the closest thing you could come at the time to a jacket-pocketable digital system camera.

    I still use this lens to this day, and still consider it a gem. I find its output to be consistently good, including a distinct lack of aberrations or distortion. This lens, unlike Micro Four-Thirds pancakes, included no software correction whatsoever.
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