Possible Primes from Olympus

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by tjdean01, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    We now have five f1.8 primes from Olympus. We have two brotherly plastic ones for around $350 which are both optically excellent--the 25 and 45, then we have the metal bodied 12 and 75 for $800 each, then we have metal 17 with a lower price point (for some reason). So, 12, 17, 25, 45, 75. What's missing? Well, although it'd be an odd FL, I wouldn't be surprised if they made a 35mm f1.8 similar to the 25. That'd be an odd length though, maybe.

    What I would really like to see would be something in the 55-60mm range. Making a 55 would leave room for an, at that point, odd 65. But making a 60 would fit perfectly in their range as 15mm longer than the 45 and 15mm shorter than the 75. But, since there are already two 60/2.8 lenses, maybe a 55 or 58 would look better. For me a 57mm f1.8 would be lovely!

    Anyway, if this lens were to be made, I think the best bet would be to do as the 25 did and be as close to the excellent 45 as possible. I think the price point is right. In fact, I know it is. Just look at all the arguments comparing the P25/1.4 and the O25/1.8. Sure, we all want f1.4, but look at the sales of the O25 and you'll see that a $350 price, smaller size, lighter weight, and better aesthetics will go a long way (please do not compare the two 25s in this thread there are other threads for that. This is just to show that if Olympus made another 60, it might still sell well). I say do not make another optically perfect lens like the 75 that close in FL to the 75. It will diminish the appeal of the 75 to some people and I think a $400 lens would sell more than twice as well as an $800.

    Anyway, just some personal thought and what I think it'd be cool to see :redface:
  2. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    When is the Optimus Prime going to be released?
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  3. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    Olympus already has a lens roadmap: 40-150, 300, 7-14. These would probably put us at the end of 2015 or even spring 2016. I don't even want to think about next week...
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  4. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    By the time you have a bag full of primes to fill all the focal lengths you need, a couple of pro zooms would likely do just as well and end up being cheaper.
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  5. brettmaxwell

    brettmaxwell Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 8, 2012
    Once they add a longer telephoto prime, the only thing really left would be an ultrawide prime, like a 7 or 8mm. But that's territory people are often more comfortable with a zoom, so the need drastically subsides if they release a good 7-14.

    Would it be so bad if they were just done releasing new primes for a couple years? The only other direction I could think to go (practically speaking) would be something that hits a larger aperture such as f1.0 or f1.2. No doubt they'll watch closely to see how the Panny 42/1.2 sales go.
  6. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    If Olympus want to get professional photographers interested in m4/3s as a supplementary system, they would do well to emulate the top pro lenses that are/were available for the 4/3s system.
  7. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    The prime I would like to see would be a 67.5mm! The reason I say this is because I loved my 135mm lens when I shot film. Of coarse it is an odd focal length so anything near would be good - 65, 66, or 68.
  8. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    They definitely need some long primes. The 300 will be a great addition, but I think they could also do well with a 150. As for zooms, They need to get the long zoom (40-100/150, 2.8) out the door. After that? Maybe more weather sealed lenses.
  9. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Crickey guys, we'll end up with as many primes as there are integers between 12 & 75 at this rate!

    What's really missing is a wide prime - 7 or 8mm f2.8.
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  10. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 23, 2010
    Yes to fill the line out wide primes say 7 and 10, longer telephotos 100 f1.8/2 150mm. Perhaps they could get away with a 14 f1.8 but have to careful from 17-30mm as there are already 7 AF options plus MF choices so unless they want to do something ott like a 25 f1 it would be too much.
  11. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    We all have our favorite focal lengths, but I'd much rather they spent their time focusing on lenses that have significant unmet interest, rather than those that can be managed with existing options. For primes, something between 75 and 300 is needed (200/2.8?) and something wider than 12 (9/4.0?). Once they've covered those, maybe a second portrait prime would be a reasonable addition.
  12. yakky

    yakky Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 1, 2013
    I think they need to focus on value and size. There are already some great choices from an IQ standpoint, in fact standouts for pixel peepers. Some small (pancake) and value lenses are what is needed to lure more customers into the M43 system. Pros are a small audience, and Pros using M43 are even smaller, it seems like a foolish target to chase, but then again, Oly doesn't seem to go where they see opportunity, they seem to be camera geeks at heart.
  13. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    What make the most sense is for Olympus to design and manufacture the lenses that I want, at prices that make sense to me ;) 

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  14. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    There's plenty of options in the 12-100mm range. What is really missing? 150mm/2.8 or 300mm/4. Or even something in between but the point is: I NEED A FAST TELE. :biggrin:
  15. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    Yes. A 200/2.8 would be awesome and I'd buy that in a heartbeat.
  16. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 24, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    Why limit yourself to integers?
    There are already options at 17.5 and 42.5...
  17. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    Eh, I don't know if more primes are needed . Unless they are significantly compact like 17/2.8 or very bright .
  18. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 23, 2010
    I would consider a couple of 25's perhaps some reworking of classic 50's but there are probably enough in reality apart from a pancake or go total cool retro and a collapsable. Though looking at peoples desires a 200 fast lens a tele convertor and a 7-10mm wide seem the desired choices, though don't panasonic make a nice wide prime? Me I would consider a well priced 10mm only needs to be an f4, other than that every focal length I would properly use and not buy on a stupid whim is covered. They would be more likely to do well with some F4 zooms to be honest, it seems that a lot of CaNikon users go for the 24-105 and 70-200 f4 lenses as a good compromise in size and weight, a good reasonably priced 12-50 f4 at a sensible price would be hard to resist.
  19. mjw

    mjw Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 23, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    I'm pretty well served by currently available primes, but if we're going to toss out wish lists, here's mine:

    • A weather sealed prime in the 14-25mm range.
    • A pancake prime with fast autofocus.
    • A cheaper 12mm.
  20. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    Yep, I was kind of surprised that the 25 didn't release as a weather sealed lens.
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