The 300mm is now listed (without price) at BH....

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Yes, f4 does mean it will be/should be cheaper and I guess people would choke at the thought of an f2.8 being a similar price as a Nikon/Canon 300mm f2.8. At f4, it's going to be around the price of a Nikon/Canon 300mm f4, which is in the order of $1800.
 

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This is freaking amazing! I was hoping to get the 300mm F/4 but had no idea how long the wait would be.
 

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I don't know why I had it in my mind that the 300mm would be f2.8. Now I wonder why they made it f4.
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Perhaps because although its specified as a "300mm", given that it's an M/43 lens, it really equates to the 35mm equivalent of a 600mm lens! Nikon's own 600 / f4 currently sells for just a butt-hair shy of $10k and weighs in at over 11 lbs! :eek:mg:
 

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Perhaps because although its specified as a "300mm", given that it's an M/43 lens, it really equates to the 35mm equivalent of a 600mm lens! Nikon's own 600 / f4 currently sells for just a butt-hair shy of $10k and weighs in at over 11 lbs! :eek:mg:
Not really. Technically it's still a 300mm focal length lens, it's just that the field of view is equivalent to a 600mm lens. If I were to put a Nikon/Canon 300mm lens with adapter on a m4/3 camera, it would perform in the same way. The real issue is probably with keeping costs down, as a Nikon/Canon f4 lens costs around $1800, but their f2.8 lenses are around $8000.
 

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The Pentax DA 300mm F/4 (2.35 pounds) is a pro lens retails for just under $1,400 and goes on sale maybe twice a year for around $1,100. It is weather and dust resistant, and like the Olympus system relies on IBIS.

The Canon equivalent L 300/4 lens sells for $1,449 right now on B&H and weighs in at 2.62 pounds. The Nikon 300/4 is $1,169 and 3.17 pounds. I only mention these because of the speculation about price points for the new Olympus and also wondering what the weight will be.
 

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Got it!

The current exchange rate that I found at xe.com would make $1,800 AUD = $1,691 USD. I think the original estimate cited was from a rumors page that had it at $1,899 CAD, which would be $1,742 USD. Of course, different camera brands seem to sell for sometimes very different prices in different global sites.
 
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