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Olympus 300mm f/4 PRO

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Phlash46, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. Phlash46

    Phlash46 Nikon Refugee

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    Jul 1, 2014
    Montrose, NY
    Bruce Gordon
    Just read that it will come out in mid-November, after the 7-14 and the fisheye. Oh well, have to wait.:bowdown::bowdown:
     
  2. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Well that sucks as neither of the other two are on my must have list. It had better come out in November, if they wait much longer I will have bought the 300mm ƒ2.8 and will just wait to get the 300m ƒ4.0 used. Which means they will lose a sale of that lens.
     
  3. Phlash46

    Phlash46 Nikon Refugee

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    Jul 1, 2014
    Montrose, NY
    Bruce Gordon
    I hear you, but, $7K is more than I'll spend on a lens! I'll let another year opt summer wildlife pass with only my 40-150 plus TC.:dash2::dash2:
     
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  4. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2014
    Do you have a link? Was there any mention of prices for any of those lenses?
     
  5. Phlash46

    Phlash46 Nikon Refugee

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    Jul 1, 2014
    Montrose, NY
    Bruce Gordon
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  6. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    He was referring to the price of a brand new ZD 300mm ƒ2.8 lens. You can find almost like new quality for around $4k or a little cheaper.
     
  7. Phlash46

    Phlash46 Nikon Refugee

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    Jul 1, 2014
    Montrose, NY
    Bruce Gordon
    I agree, but, 4K is still too high. If the f/4 is anywhere near that much I'll pass.
     
  8. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2014
    Yeah, I know Phlash was talking about the ZD 300 2.8,, @Phocal@Phocal. If the new 300 f4 is close to $4k, I'm out for the foreseeable future.
     
  9. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    I know, I was the one that originally brought up the 4/3 300mm f/2.8.

    I figure the the new 300mm Pro will be right around $2k.
     
  10. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 4, 2014
    Maryland
    Loren
    I really want this lens, and Olympus has been killing me with anticipation since its announcement. The $2k range would be fine for me. I actually want this lens more than I would want the 300mm f2.8, not even factoring price, because I don't want to be constrained to a tripod.
     
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  11. macro

    macro Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 22, 2012
    Oly is not about to make that lens retail at that cost. I would guess half that or under $2,000 US for sure. They want to sell the lens and they won't if its $4,000 US. Not a hope. So I wouldn't worry about that and its the only AF lens I would be interested in with m4/3 along with the TC. It's going to be very interesting to see what the bird shooters in here can get out of that lens. Oly is a very clever lens design company, they always have been and it will be excellent in IQ, it has to be.

    All the best and look forward to seeing people shoot with that lens.

    Danny.
     
  12. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Oregon
    One reason for the delay may be the M.Z300 has some big shoes to fill. The ZD300 IQ is simply amazing. The new lens has a lot to live up to.

    I and many others shoot the ZD300 f2.8 HH even with the EC-14 on. In fact, I have the EC on 90% of the time as did the wildlife pro I bought the ZD from. I do use a monopod about half the time.

    But this is no argument against waiting for the much lighter M.Z300. Just an FYI. I will probably eventually get one & sell the ZD300. It is pretty heavy. Can't hold it up long enough to wait for a heron to strike.

    May get an EC20 & see how the IQ is. Starting w/ f2.8 could make that usable f5.6. The f4 would be a really slow f8.

     
  13. denniscloutier

    denniscloutier Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 24, 2011
    If you can hand hold that thing then I'm not going to arm wrestle you.

    I used the EC20 with the 50-200 and the autofocus was terrible at the long end. I assume this is because of the f7.1 aperture and so I suspect that a 2x tc wouldn't work well with the 300mm f4. On the other hand, I'm using the 2x tc with my 300mm f2.8 and it works well. I think the image quality is excellent with this combo. It probably isn't quite as good as with the EC14, but that's a pretty high bar.

    I'm eager to see the new lens, but I don't think I'm going to part with my 300mm f2.8.
     
  14. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    The price of the new Nikon 300/4 and a D7200 is just over 3k. Heck, the old 300/4 costs only $1,350. Olympus isn't going to get a lot of FX & DX DSLR converts to µ4/3 with a 2k price tag on that lens.
     
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  15. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    I am not familiar with Nikon but I am assuming that a D7200 is a crop sensor. So you would need a 400mm f/4.0 to give the same reach as the 300 f/4.0 on a m4/3. Nikon does not make one but Canon does and that lens is $6k plus.

    If the IQ is as I am hoping, this could attack a lot of wildlife/sport photographers. Especially if they improve PDAF on the next EM1.
     
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  16. Geoff3DMN

    Geoff3DMN Mu-43 Veteran

    The D7200 has a 24 megapixel sensor with similar pixel density to the 16 megapixel Olympus sensors which would enable greater cropping (in the ratio of 24/16) which would act to counteract the 400mm/300mm ratio.

    Any difference in end photo quality would not be a result of the difference in that factor (but there would be others related to lens quality, processing etc).

    ie to say you can discount the 400mm vs 300mm factor in this particular case IMO.
     
  17. TwoWheels

    TwoWheels Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 28, 2014
    British Columbia
    Evan
    I'm puzzled why it would cost anywhere near $2k USD. Canon's well regarded 300/4 IS sells for $1350. I believe Nikon has a comparable non-IS lens for about the same price although, as someone mentioned, the stabilized Nikon lens is $2k. Isn't there a lot less glass in a m4/3 lens than the same lens for FF. And it requires no IS since it's built into the camera. How could Olympus justify pricing higher (or even as high as) those those lenses? What am I missing?
     
  18. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    I do not see them selling it for less then the 40-150 Pro.

    Also this lens will only ever be usable on a m4/3 camera, which makes it basically a 600mm ƒ4.0 lens. Olympus knows this and they may finally get around to taking advantage of what I consider the greatest advantage of m4/3. The 2x crop factor is a huge plus for those seeking longer reach, is why APS-C cameras such as the 7D became so popular and why Canon's top sports camera has always been a little smaller then full frame. They also know that they can't price it as the other companies price a 600mm ƒ4.0. But, they could get a way with going to the high end of 300mm if they IQ is what everyone is expecting.
     
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  19. VooDoo64

    VooDoo64 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 17, 2010
    Zagreb - Croatia
    Davor Vojvoda
    i think it will be around same price as 40-150 PRO, I do not see why it would be more expensive than 40-150 PRO when the construction of Prime lens is much easier and cheaper to make than zoom lens with 2 motors, and is f/2.8 vs f/4 ect.. in fact it would be nice if the price will be 1000 eur - than it would be perfect :) ( thay make dron with lightbridge tech and camera and gps and advanced senzor for 1000 eur now ( Phantom 3 ) so i thing Olympus and other Photo. companies should learn from that - it is not 80s anymore )
     
  20. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    The older Nikon 300/4 lens has IS. A fixed focal length lens like this is vastly simpler than a similar quality zoom. This is why the Nikon 70-200/2.8 zoom costs $1,000 more than the basic 300/4 with IS.

    For long lens shooting, DSLRs still offer a significant price & performance advantage over µ4/3. From what I've read about the C/Tracking-AF of the D7200 and almost certainly the Canon 7II is everything that µ4/3 shooter dream about.