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Photokina Rumor: New Olympus 25mm f/1.8 and 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Lenses

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    A few weeks ago, I received a tip that Olympus was going to bring out black versions of their 12mm and 45mm primes. Seemed plausible, but I didn't publish it. A short while later, several rumor sites broke that rumor.

    Now the same source is claiming that we'll see two new lenses announced bv Olympus at Photokina:
    • 25mm f/1.8: Size between current 17 and 45mm primes; built like 45mm; ~$200-250
    • 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0: Weather sealed; Length similar to 12-50mm kit lens but "fatter"; "high grade" build; ~$800-900

    Both lenses to be announced at Photokina in September and available Q4 2012. Same source is saying that we'll also see new Pen cameras announced at Photokina and available Q4 2012.

    It all sounds a bit too good to be true, but I think an inexpensive f/1.8 "normal" lens would be great for our system, and a Micro 4/3 version of the ZD 12-60 has to be one of the most requested lenses around.

    Rumor Grade: C

    Rumor Evidence Grading System:
    A = Proven source, rumor extremely likely to be correct
    B = Good source, rumor likely to be correct
    C = New source, rumor plausible
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  2. PointZero

    PointZero Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 28, 2011
    The 25mm f/1.8, if indeed real, will be a terrific alternative to what we have available right now for the format. Especially if it shares the same build and quality as the Olympus 45mm f/1.8.
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  3. jeffryscott

    jeffryscott Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 2, 2010
    Both would be great additions to the lens lineup. Hopefully they will come in black:wink:
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  4. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    That would be awesome. So awesome that it's hard not to be a tad skeptical...

    On the one hand, an inexpensive normal lens is an obvious option. But given that the far-from-stellar 17/2.8 is still being sold for $300, it seems odd that they'd off a more interesting lens for a lower price.

    But the m4/3 12-60/2.8-4.0 is really the lens I'm waiting for. Hope this time it's for real.

  5. gsciorio

    gsciorio Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 29, 2011
    Miami, FL
    If true I'll be getting both.
  6. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    I'd only buy the 25 if it's a skinnier version of the PL25...
  7. MrKal_El

    MrKal_El Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 24, 2011
    OMG: So I am gonna def need a Suger Mama to pay for all this great glass! (if rumors pan out ;)  )
  8. strang

    strang Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2012
    12-60mm would be the best mid range zoom on any system if true.

    I hope the 25mm will be a pancake. Droooool. I'm ok with size comparable to the 45 too.
  9. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    Amin, knock it off. I was just thinking to myself, you know, I've got the OMD and there's no need to get more stuff. And now this?
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  10. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I'd love another 25 option... Tho a better/worse 17 option would be even better,... For ME lol
    I currently just use el cheapo 25/1.4 CCTV eBay special
    I love the rendering from the panny tho
    I look fwd to seeing how the oly renders

    - Eliot@Austin, TX
  11. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    I think I prefer the FL of 20mm over 25, so probably won't be looking at that lens. But the 12-60 sounds interesting, especially if it's a sharp as the 12-35 appears to be. Unfortunately, with that long a zoom range, and that price, it probably won't be. Would still probably look at it, though.
  12. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    If that 25/1.8 is real, I'll buy one even if it's pink! :wink: The 25/1.4 is too big, too heavy and too expensive for me and my E-PM1.

    Sent from my ADR6350 using Tapatalk 2
  13. rich00

    rich00 Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 8, 2011
    Great to see another 25 alternative to panny/leica. Definitely will be getting it if the rumuor is true.
  14. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Thanks for the heads up!

    The 25mm is too good to be true at $250... but even at $400 it will sell like crazy (if it is in the same league as the 45mm).

    The zoom is -unsurprisingly- the most requested lens in the poll about FT lenses to be migrated to :43: and a $800 price tag seems about right.

    Makes a lot of sense as the next two steps in Olympus lens development really.
  15. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I'd rather see a new faster focusing and wider aperture 17mm. We have MORE than enough choices at or around 25mm (says the guy who prefers the 17mm FOV).
  16. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    With all these rumored lenses coming up, I may finally get to mimmick my FF lineup; 28/50/85, 70-200.

    But for m43, I'm thinking 25, 35-100, and 100-300.
  17. st3v4nt

    st3v4nt Mu-43 Veteran

    May 26, 2011
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    While the 12-60 is good news, the 25 f/1.8 is a better news, if they manage to sell it for 45mm price and keep the size small say between the 20 and 25 mm pancake it should became the best seller. The zoom will be great if the quality can compete with Panasonic X 12-35.
  18. bansal98

    bansal98 New to Mu-43

    Jun 2, 2012
    I'd buy the 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 the moment it appears, even if it costs $800. This is the lens I've been waiting for. OM-D, along with this lens, makes the regular 4/3 system completely obsolete.
  19. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    Well don't get carried away -- we're still missing a fast tele-zoom (eg 50-200) or super-tele prime. But it gets awfully close.
  20. KS11

    KS11 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 31, 2011
    Busan/Hong Kong
    especially since olympus keeps updating their kit zoom lenses, we need an update to the 17mm already!! 17mm f2 perhaps?
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