Olympus Announces New Redesigned 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II for $549.99

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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    As widely rumored, Olympus has officially announced a new version of its 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 lens. The optical design of the lens is the same as the prior version. Differences from the prior version include a cosmetic redesign, new lens coatings to reduce ghosting and flare, and a significant price reduction from $900 down to $550.


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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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  3. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Dang that's cheap!
     
  4. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jerry Jackson Jr
    I'm happy to have a new, more affordable telephoto zoom, but I'd be even happier if Olympus made a m4/3 version of the 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 with MSC focus and that beautiful bokeh I get from my 50-200mm on the 4/3 mount.
     
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  5. Talanis

    Talanis Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Eric Cote
    I like the new look. Seems sturdier. I love the new price :)
     
  6. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Oh boy, now I'm tempted to re-buy this lens (in its newer form). Except I'm scared that they may announce a fast telezoom as soon as I buy this. Good thing they didn't make this weather-sealed, otherwise I would've been 110% in.
     
  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I'd be all over this if I still had an E-M5. Since my E-PM2 IBIS isn't as effective as the OMD IBIS, I'm sticking with the Panasonic 100-300, which has OIS.
     
  8. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I've been debating whether or not to sell my 75-300 since I moved to DC six months ago (no real wildlife to shoot here). Sadly, I don't think I'll get my money's worth now...
     
  9. Hudsonhites

    Hudsonhites Mu-43 Regular

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    I would love a micro 4/3 version of the 50-200mm. I would settle for a micro 4/3 version of the 70-300mm f4-5.6 at $549.99. I have no interest in this new 70-300mm f4.8-6.7 it's just too slow. Olympus who gave us such great zooms with decent speed right from the beginning with the 4/3 system. Olympus seems to have no interest in giving us the same in micro 4/3. Instead the just keep reworking the zooms they already offer. I guess the next new zoom will be a 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 mk III.
     
  10. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Anyone know what the draw is for this over the older 75-300? Is this notably smaller, lighter, or better IQ than the previous one?

    I'm likely to stick with the 100-300 for my telephoto since I use Panasonic bodies so far and want the OIS, but I'm just curious if there's any compelling changes. I'm still kinda hoping to see a fast prime or zoom at 300mm or longer for wildlife personally, but that's probably a ways off.
     
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  11. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

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    Due to the price reduction, this lens has definitely moved up to the "short list" of my lenses to get. :smile:
     
  12. Talanis

    Talanis Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Eric Cote
    The specs are mostly the same. The only difference I saw was the round aperture, new coating and makes less noise when focusing... and the price :)
     
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  13. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)

    Not smaller, lighter, or better IQ. Less expensive, different looks, and new coating to be more scratch resistant and cut down on flare/ghosting. I guess that coating affects IQ a little, but the optics are the same, so overall IQ should be unchanged.

    No compelling changes other than price (relative to the version I Oly lens) as far as I can tell.
     
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  14. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Andrew
    Wow a realistic price for a slow tele zoom. What's next, including lens hoods for free?

    Seriously, at least they did realize the lens was horribly overpriced. I wouldn't be surprised if they were thinking that sigma/tamron could easily come up with a much cheaper alternative to there $900 version and wanted to strike first.
     
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  15. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Ahhh, I missed there was a sizeable price gap. That's worthwhile then for anyone considering a new tele zoom for that alone.
     
  16. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    The 100-300mm still looks to be a better value. At these focal lengths, who really minds the size?
     
  17. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    I do. And I'm sure others do as well. Plus the 4x vs. 3x zoom advantage comes in handy if you want to shoot a quick portrait shot without changing lenses.
     
  18. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

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    Clint
    And still not weather sealed?
     
  19. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    It looks like they were really hoping to bring down cost more than anything else.
     
  20. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Count me in too!
    I picked up the Lumix 45-200 (because I wanted yet even more reach) but this is the limit to how large of lens that I want.
     
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