Olympus 75/1.8 and 60/2.8 Macro Under Development

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    In a somewhat anticlimactic revelation, we today learned that the two leaked new Olympus lenses are being displayed as concept models only at CP+ and in fact are "under development" with expected launch "by the end of 2012".

    Here are the two lenses:

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    From the Olympus Australia website (pdf):

    You can get a sense of the size of these lenses compared to other Olympus lenses in this image:

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  2. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    That's a bummer...

    On the other hand, it gives me more time to save $$$... :wink:
     
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  3. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    blast!
     
  4. taz98spin

    taz98spin Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 13, 2011
    NYC

    Yes, I agree! Gives me time to save up :smile:
     
  5. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    I hope the Macro comes in cheaper than the PL45 !
     
  6. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2011
    A bit disappointed that the macro only does 1:1. I guess that's better than the old 50mm though.
     
  7. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    It will be interesting to see how the 60mm macro compares in sharpness to the legendary 50mm Zuiko.

    I can't part with the 50mm, even though it focuses annoyingly slow (especially with no limiter). The image quality from the 50 is fantastic and it's great at product photography :biggrin:

    I'm hoping the E-M5, with its new 3D C-AF, will improve pdaf focusing. Slim chance, I know. :tongue:
     
  8. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    Chunky looking.
     
  9. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    Richard Elliott
    The delay is a major disappointment for me. I am looking to replace my G1 with either the G3 or OM-D and the lens delay will keep me on the fence for a while longer while I see what Panny comes up with this year.
     
  10. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I really wish that 75 was out already!
     
  11. RichDesmond

    RichDesmond Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Nov 18, 2011
    The 75 is intriguing. I've been planning on buying the Samyang/Rokinon 85mm/f:1.4 in a Canon mount, so I could use it on both systems. It sure would be nice to have AF on the lens though, so if the price is reasonable I'll be veeerrry tempted. :smile:
     
  12. Z-man

    Z-man Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 16, 2011
    That 75 sounds nice. I got a 45 PL macro, so the 60 doesn't do much for me, but the 75 might go to the top of list.
     
  13. Haans

    Haans Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 18, 2012
    That 75 would do it for me...
     
  14. Rawfa

    Rawfa Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 17, 2009
    Were their prices announced yet? The 75mm sounds very very nice.
     
  15. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    No, but given the 75 is confirmed to basically be built like the 12, it's not going to be cheap.
     
  16. Sugarman

    Sugarman Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 21, 2011
    Hi. Just this afternoon I have been reading an article in the French magazine R├ęsponses Photo about the Olympus OM-D and they make brief mention on these lenses. I have the Oly 45 1.8. I was certainly enthusiastic about it at first as my main interest is in portrait work but my passion has wained a little. I have a Panasonic G3 and I find that the 45 is a little light in skin textures unless you get the light exactly right. Even stopping down to f4 I find that my older Pana 14 - 42 is a little more consistent in textures.

    Obviously, a 45mm 1.8 at the Oly price is a great buy, so I can't complain too much. I still would be very interested in the 75mm... but the price.... I have a bad feeling about that... Oly needs to make a lot of money very quickly.

    I am not holding my breath for Panasonic to come up with anything world-stopping this year. I was very dissapointed that so far all they have come up with are extensions

    we'll see... perhaps I will be pleasantly surprised

    Cheers all

    Joe
     
  17. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    I don't think the issue is the build quality, more the market placement. The old Olympus 50/2 macro is better built than the 12/2, and it's a $400 lens.

    A medium tele like the 75/1.8 is a fairly standard design, but it's the first of its kind for m4/3, and I expect they'll charge accordingly.

    DH
     
  18. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    True, I was thinking along the lines of it being 135L like I guess (my one lens I really miss from my 5D). If it can render like that on top of the high build, oly will milk us for it, heh.
     
  19. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 31, 2010
    Just saw this at the Facebook page of omuser.com

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    Photos of
     
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  20. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2011
    I want everything in that picture all at once.