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Rumor: Olympus to Release 15mm f/8.0 Tiny Lens

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by twokatmew, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    Allow me to be the first here to say,

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  2. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    Richard Elliott
    I think why is more appropriate ...

  3. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
    Well... I guess it's supposed to be very small/thin, but "affordable"- and geared towards street shooting (in my mind anyway). Stealthy little lens basically.

    I like the focal length (and have been wanting one for some time- the 17mm Oly doesn't do it for me)... but would like a little more versatility than f8. Everything a meter out will be pretty much in focus. But... yeah. It would have to be better than the 14mm by leaps and bounds because you know... I can stop it down, or be ridiculously cheap in order for me to even consider it.
  4. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Obviously all of the specs we've seen are just speculation, but if they are correct (or even close), then this lens would have to be very cheap indeed for me to consider it over the P14/2.5, which can be had for less than $200. I guess the "smallest :43: lens" title counts for something, but it's not like I've heard anyone complaining that the P14 is too big.
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  5. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
  6. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    These types of lenses have been sold for a while. Check my previous post. They sell for $21.
  7. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    A very inexpensive 15 mm equivalent fixed focus at f/8 kind of makes sense. I vaguely remember something like that from the "old days".

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  8. bongestrella

    bongestrella Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 2, 2011
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    This has to be sub-$150 to even make any waves. As someone who tries to always shoot at f8, I can see its merits, although I would have preferred it to be either 10mm or 17mm.

    With that said, this race to "who gets to make the smallest/thinnest lens" is getting ridiculous. I am most comfortable shooting with my left hand "supporting" the lens. Even with the 20mm, this gets uncomfortable since it is too thin there is nothing to support, much less with the 14mm. But I guess that is the point.
  9. nianys

    nianys Mu-43 Regular

    I'm sorry but this just has to be the dumbest lens ever. F8 ?!? ZERO DOF control and diffraction galore...
  10. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Why diffraction galore? My understanding was that diffraction limiting for M43 started around F/11 and, in any event, it gets progressively worse as you stop down so its effect would be minimal at F/8 if it is an issue there.

    I'm a little intrigued. I want to see a bit more info, and some image samples. It may interest me for use as a semi-permanent lens on my E-P3.
  11. Adubo

    Adubo SithLord Subscribing Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    What intrigues me is that this might actually be something like the triplet perar in m-mount some japanese guy made (saw it in bellamy hunt's site)
  12. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    Hmm, $59.95, your satisfaction gauranteed or your money back? (just pay Shipping and Handling!)

    But wait, there's more! Buy it now and Olympus will include a hood, that's right, a hood. When was the last time we did that?!!?! CRAZY!!!!!!
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  13. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons

    typed on my phone, sorry.
  14. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    I'm thinking they would be hard pressed to price it higher than $50 since 3rd party lenses like this are $21. The Panasonic 3D lens is an example of this. It's basically the samething. They tried to sell it for $240. The market balked and it naturally fell down to $49.
  15. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
  16. bcaslis

    bcaslis Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2011
    Wilsonville, OR, USA
    Brian Caslis
    The release of this lens will successfully eliminate all faith I had in Olympus for having the best lens release roadmap. A brilliant series of primes with the 75mm just released and the 60mm micro coming, then this.

    What? If this is the future, I'm going back to Nikon.
  17. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    There shouldn't be a diffraction problem at F8.

    Here's a graph of the 14-42mm lens, not much of a problem through F22.


    After F22 though, things go downhill. Here's a graph from the Sony 18-55mm since it goes all the way to F32.

  18. pharaviel

    pharaviel Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2011
    Reggio Emilia, Italy
    Daniele Frizzi
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