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Panasonic 150/2.8 Canceled? Plus New 35-100 Pic

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by STR, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. STR

    STR Mu-43 Veteran

    222
    May 16, 2013
    43 Rumors reports that Pana dropped the 150 for the 15mm Leica. Personally, I think that's cover for cancelling it due to the Olympus 40-150/2.8. I don't think the Panasonic lens was going to be much smaller than the Olympus. It probably wasn't going to be much better sharper, as we've all seen how the pro zooms can stand toe-to-toe with the better primes there. I don't see that much of a value proposition for the 150/2.8 and it looks like they didn't either.

    http://www.43rumors.com/new-gm1-and-lens-news-and-tests-roundup/

    And the new 35-100. Looks a lot like the 45-150.
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  2. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    I assume the new 35-100 is lower end/variable aperture zoom meant to accompany the 12-32mm kit zoom for the GM1?

    The 15mm f/1.7 is a definite surprise to me, but I can't help but agree that the 150mm f/2.8 did lose a lot of appeal with Olympus coming out with the 40-150mm f/2.8 lens.

    Granted the Panasonic 150mm f/2.8 would have had OIS but as you said, I suspect the performance margin between the two would have been rather small. Plus the added zoom range would have been pretty alluring for anyone looking for a 150mm f/2.8 equivalent.

    Curious to see if Panasonic simply delays the 150mm or replaces it entirely with something else long term.
     
  3. greenarcher02

    greenarcher02 Mu-43 Veteran

    330
    Feb 13, 2012
    Manila, Philippines
    Maybe they'll be working on a 200 or 300mm f2.8 prime.... Is that even possible??
     
  4. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    It's definitely possible, and I kind of hope that's what happens. It'd be a big lens with a f/2.8 aperture, but even a 300mm f/4 of high quality would be a fantastic addition to the system for wildlife and the like.
     
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  5. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'd rather see them release a 150mm f/2.
     
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  6. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Yeah, wouldn't be surprised if the 40-150/2.8 has forced Panasonics hand....they may very well have been caught off guard expecting it to be an xx-100/2.8

    Not broken hearted either way...as long as that 42.5 Nocticron doesn't get cancelled I'm all good :)
     
  7. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Do you think thats what they'd do ? Would something like that offer enough of a difference compared to the 40-150/f2.8 except for a bit of light ? If they manage to make it significantly smaller I think so but otherwise...I'm not so sure.

    Perhaps Panasonic will go all out and go for something entirely different....perhaps a new and improved 100-300 ? Either way, looks like the Oly 40-150 spooked 'em out !
     
  8. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Ooooh, that I could definitely get behind too.

    That'd make a great portrait & long lens at f/2.0 for the DoF possibilities, especially if it was as impressive as the 4/3 150mm f/2 lens.
     
  9. STR

    STR Mu-43 Veteran

    222
    May 16, 2013
    200mm is probably the longest we'd see in f2.8, and it would still be bigger than the 40-150mm. I don't see 300/2.8 happening. That's just an enormous lens. Personally, I'd hope for a 100-300mm f4 to compliment the other pro X zooms. That would also be a big lens, but still smaller than a 300/2.8.
     
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  10. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'd love to see an improved 100-300 with better 300mm performance.
     
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  11. Faceinthecrowd

    Faceinthecrowd Mu-43 Regular

    84
    Apr 29, 2011
    Yes that update would be very attractive and with no real challengers.

    And weatherproofing. That would really make it a useful lens and attractive to pros.


    Even better if they could go a bit further than 300mm (600mm).
     
  12. kahren

    kahren Mu-43 Regular

    145
    Mar 21, 2010
    looking at the size of that 35-100 it is gonna be variable aperture, since there is already a 2.8 version available :)
    there is also this roadmap...


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  13. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

    312
    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    35-100mm looks like it is slightly longer than 14-42mm II, definitely smaller than current 45-150mm

    15mm looks like it is the same size as 17mm F1.8
     
  14. hoodlum

    hoodlum Mu-43 Veteran

    213
    Jul 16, 2012
    Toronto Canada
    I hope this doesn't mean Panasonic is focusing on shorter focal lengths. I would like to see something at 300mm that is of higher quality than what we we currently have.
     
  15. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    I think the new 35-100 would make a great travel lens. I can see that plus the 15 or 17 as a nice little kit.

    or even 9-18 + 25 + 35-100
     
  16. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I was thinking of getting the 45-150mm, but I think this lens will suit my needs better seeing as it starts at 35mm. I doubt it would happen, but I really hope it starts at f3.5 and ends at f4, or conversely they made it a constant f4 lens.
     
  17. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    It is hard to say just what happened but I bet the Olympus zoom did have a part in it. They may release something = larger max aperture? - longer focal length? - a zoom instead of a prime? It is hard to say at this point. I personally would like to see a longer prime{200mm or 250mm} even if it was only f4.