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Release this NOW - Olympus patent discloses a faster 12-50mm f/2.8-4.0 lens.

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by davidzvi, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
  2. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    Neil
    Yeah, I'd like that. the PRO lenses are a bit too hard-core for my budget at the moment.
     
  3. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    Olympus or Panasonic needs to get off their ass and produce a constant f1.8 zoom like Sigma's 18-35mm apsc zoom for a reasonable price, then a lot of people will be happy. I think not only will the customers will be all over this, but they will sell a huge of volume of those lenses.
     
  4. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Sigma's f1.8 zoom broke absolutely new ground, I imagine it'll be a little while before anyone else cooks up an optical formula that good without breaking any patent laws...
     
  5. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    Neil
    Maybe Sigma should just sell it, heh.
     
  6. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    I would buy it if they put a m43 mount on it.
     
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  7. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 23, 2010
  8. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I seem to remember it being really large, if the optics stayed the same size that would be one awkward lens.
     
  9. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    An f1.8 zoom is going to be very large, on any mount.

    Barry
     
  10. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Robert
    You do realize that large corporations patent every little idea they have. Most never we the light of day.
     
  11. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Of course. But m4/3 is missing this "better than kit" mid range zoom.
     
  12. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    PLEASE make this Olympus!!! This is what I have been wanting! I love my Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 for APS. For most things it is all that is needed!
     
  13. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    As an Oly 12-40mm f/2.8 owner I don't have any interest in this, but I'm pretty sure others might have use for such lens. The more choices the better.
     
  14. LeeOsenton

    LeeOsenton Mu-43 Button Clicker

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    Jun 25, 2010
    Hayes, Virginia, U.S.A.
    Lee Osenton
    Wasn't there a similar 4/3rds lens? I vaguely remember a 14-54? with variable aperture 2.8 to 4. The lens was very popular and priced well below the 12-60 f2.8 pro lens.

    I'm excited about this prospect. I want to think price and size will make it attractive to those (like me) that don't want to drop a grand on a heavy zoom with constant f2.8.

    I alternate between the P14 and P20. Some situations spark constant lens swaps. I don't want a kit or pro zoom but a sharp enthusiast grade lens would be awesome.

    Lee
     
  15. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    Hi Lee, that's a 14-54 2.8-3.5 and a 12-60 2.8-4.0 for FT mount. I'll be glad to have an mft version of those lenses.
     
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  16. Halaking

    Halaking Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 17, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Morris
    It might be the new Kit Lens for the new E-M5 on early 2015.
     
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  17. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    It looks quite similar to the 12-40 actually, both were patented together. Definitely extends like the 12-40, unlike the existing 12-50. 12mm f/2.8, 25mm f/3.5, 50mm f/4, interesting.
     
  18. TetonTom

    TetonTom Mu-43 Regular

    I love the usefull-ness of my 12-50, but wish it were a stop or 2 faster on the long end. But I won't pay for a pro 12-40. Plus, I love the Fn button, power zoom, and the pseudo-macro, which are missing from the pro model. If this is going to replace the existing 12-50, and comes in at about the original $500 price of the current 12-50, I'll get one in a heart-beat.
    I should probably try and sell my current 12-50 before the used market is flooded...
     
  19. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Hi,

    The 12-40mm has a Fn button; and it does do psuedo-macro, although somewhat weaker than the 12-50, it can do psuedo-macro at all focal lengths.

    Barry


    Sent from my iPad using Mu-43
     
  20. Fri13

    Fri13 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 30, 2014
    Macro is 1:1 magnifying ratio, not the range to front lens of the objective.

    So if we have a macro objective, it is required to get 17x13mm size object captured filling whole frame.

    While 12-40mm has awesome close-up capabilities, it isn't macro capable. There is only the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 from Olympus to m4/3 or then you need to use extension tubes and then 12-40mm Pro is awesome.