So are we likely to get fast zooms?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by deckitout, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. deckitout

    deckitout Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Such as 14/54, 12/60, 50/200 in M4/3 format

    I guess they would defeat the object of a lightweight system, although still be smaller than current DSLR's.

    Most of the current zooms are fairly slow so do have limitations for certain types of Photography

    What do you think?
     
  2. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    I think the M4/3 format is still too young for Olympus/Panasonic to throw a huge amount of money in developing even more zooms that are faster than current offerings.

    The current range of zooms cover most eventualities and as can be seen, the new lenses are being introduced very much on a trickle effect basis to judge the demand out there.

    Demand = Supply but until that grows we should not expect to see a brace of new lenses that are faster.
     
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  3. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
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    I really do hope so. A faster kit lens would be awesome, IMHO.
     
  4. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    I'll be quite happy with just three more prime lenses - a fast 12mm prime from Olympus, and a fast 50mm macro and a (very) fast 57mm portrait lens.

    Having adapted to the 20mm f1.7 - I'd rather have speed and compact than zoom flexibility... having said that, the 9-18 and 14-150 look very interesting. Just need to see IQ.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    In this format, I don't expect fast zoomies. They would be bigger than the camera.
    As Brian stated, fast primes are what's needed.
    With DSLR cameras, most shooters use zoomies as the main and primes for special purposes. Here, it's the opposite.

    For me the 20 is all I need. There are those amongst us that think different.
    I'm old and I like AF. Gimme some fast primes and I'll be happy too.
     
  6. hohoho

    hohoho Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

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    None that I'd want to pay for or carry around, no.

    By contrast, a fast 12/24 would pique my interest.
     
  7. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member Charter Member

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    I actually wonder by how much. I wouldn't think that a 14-54 2.8-3.5 in mFT would be much larger than the panny kit zoom, since OLY does not have to put in OIS. Just look at the size difference between OLY and Panny's 14-150. The diameter is quite significant.

    Dj
     
  8. deckitout

    deckitout Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Yep

    Those primes would suit me as well and cover much of what I do, like you the 9/18 is likely to be on my list

     
  9. deckitout

    deckitout Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    I think it will be interesting where the format develops. Whilst there are some areas M 4/3's simply won't cut it at present, stuff like focussing etc will improve, I recall reading somewhere that the future may be pulling images from video footage, who knows

     
  10. deckitout

    deckitout Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Well there seems none planned, but like Brian I would settle for fast primes to keep the portability


     
  11. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

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    I'm with primes all the way for this format. My ideal range would be 10mm, 14mm, 20mm and 45mm - all as fast as possible, but f2.8 would be fine (except, of course, on the 20mm which we already have at f1.7)
     
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