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Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by CVigilV, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. CVigilV

    CVigilV Mu-43 Regular

    30
    Oct 14, 2013
    I saw yesterday the rumor that Olympus is going to launch a 40-300mm f/2.8 PRO lens. I got really stoked about it because my dream lens, that Im going to start saving once I buy a OMD-EM1, is the Pany 35-100mm f/2.8. IMO its a must-have lens for any format.



    The thing comes here in the price. Im not really pleased that the Pany is $1500 brand new (Not even thinking in buying it used) and the more versatily Olympus is going to be, base on the rumor, just $1000 .



    Should I wait, I have to get the money anyways, for the Oly or go for the trusty Pany?
     
  2. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    I think you mean 40-150, not 40-300. That would be a monstrous lens.

    Anyway, If you don't have the money to buy the Panasonic now, then it seems you don't have much choice but to wait. Once you have the money, you'll probably know when the Oly lens will be available, and can make a decision then.

    But I'll ask a different question: what camera are you using now? Will replacing it with an EM-1 do as much for your photography as buying the 35-100 will? Or would buying the lens now make a bigger difference than a new body?

    We all tend to be gear hounds, always wanting the latest and greatest (me included), but unless our existing body(ies) are really preventing us from getting the images we want, lenses have far more impact on our images than bodies do.
     
  3. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    There is going to be a 40-150 f2.8 PRO lens from olympus. You might be getting confused, in that it's FF equivalent focal length is 80-300. As far as I can tell, there hasn't been any announcement on price.

    We don't know exactly when the 40-150 will be released, so if you need a lens now, just buy the panasonic 35-100. If you can wait, might as well wait and see how it compares. You should note, the 40-150 will probably be bigger than the 40-150.
     
  4. jeffryscott

    jeffryscott Mu-43 Top Veteran

    505
    Jul 2, 2010
    Arizona
    If you are buying the EM-1, look into the Olympus 43rds 50-200 2.8/3.5. You can get the non SWD version for about $500. Reports are that it works very well and it will give you longer reach at less cost than the Panasonic.
     
  5. deang001

    deang001 Mu-43 Veteran

    230
    Sep 16, 2013
    Hong Kong
    Dean
    Not sure if size is a consideration, but there's quite a difference between these two lenses ...

    Olympus-40-150mm-first-look-3-540x720.
     

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  6. CVigilV

    CVigilV Mu-43 Regular

    30
    Oct 14, 2013
    Yes hahaha I meant the Oly 40-150mm f/2.8 and Im coming from Nikon 1 series. I was an early adopter and Nikon didnt offer me the lenses I was looking for nor the IQ, so Im saving for a OMD EM1 so,its a mayor upgrade,I want to do.

    The Oly or Pany "Ultimate Lens"(As I like to call them) are a must-have IMO. I have used my dads camera, a Nikon D700 with the Nikon 70-200mm and taken some outstanding pics of him windsurfing, so I decided buying a Sigma 30mm f/2.8 and this Lens since I like Sport,Street and Macro photography alot.



    And time is not a big deal for me since Im saving for the OMD now. So what are your thoughts about the lenses?





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  7. STR

    STR Mu-43 Veteran

    222
    May 16, 2013
    Import. My 35-100 cost $1,000. I love the 35mm wide end, it means a lot less switching than when I used a tele with a 45mm wide end.
     
  8. CVigilV

    CVigilV Mu-43 Regular

    30
    Oct 14, 2013
    Yes hahaha I meant the Oly 40-150mm f/2.8 and Im coming from Nikon 1 series. I was an early adopter and Nikon didnt offer me the lenses I was looking for nor the IQ, so Im saving for a OMD EM1 so,its a mayor upgrade,I want to do.

    The Oly or Pany "Ultimate Lens"(As I like to call them) are a must-have IMO. I have used my dads camera, a Nikon D700 with the Nikon 70-200mm and taken some outstanding pics of him windsurfing, so I decided buying a Sigma 30mm f/2.8 and this Lens since I like Sport,Street and Macro photography alot.



    And time is not a big deal for me since Im saving for the OMD now. So what are your thoughts about the lenses?





    Sent from my RM-825_eu_poland_261 using Tapatalk
     
  9. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    Fred
    Go for the lens that suits your needs the best. You don't t have the camera yet so there's no need to decide now. The 40-150 isn't available yet so there's no point in deciding now.

    If a couple of hundred dollars is the cost of going from a tool that almost meets your need to the one that does, spend the money. You'll be happier in the long run even if it hurts at first.

    I'll also second the 4/3 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 option. The SWD version focuses faster but both are the same optically. If the extra reach is more important than minimizing size and weight they are a good option.

    Good luck and welcome to the u43 world!

    Fred
     
  10. Kharan

    Kharan Mu-43 Rookie

    10
    Sep 10, 2013
    I'm very disappointed with how Oly and Panny have neglected the fast supertele department in m4/3. I mean, it's probably the most advantageous side of the system, and of the E-M1 especially. We've got SIX lenses in that range that are nothing to write home about, not even counting the three travel zooms, and the 35-100 which is good but way too short! Is it so hard to make a 50-150 f/4 at least? A 200 f/4 prime? I'm not even talking about f/2.8, I just need something that works well at the long end, the short is useless for me.
    All other niches (except for specialty stuff like T-S lenses) are taken care of. It's been over three years now, and Panasonic silently canned the 150 f/2.8. What's wrong with these companies!?
     
  11. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    842
    Feb 20, 2013
    The Sigma 30/2.8 is fantastic! I just got mine for $130 new and took these pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/21906681@N04/sets/72157636380129965/

    Also, the Olympus 40-150 is also very, very sharp up until around 100mm, which would be fine for you since you're considering the 35-100 anyway. I bought mine for $100 new so maybe you could get this temporarily to use until you can afford the better lens.

    Similarly, a use PL2 or something like that can be found for like $100! What you WANT would total over $2000. You could be enjoying yourself in the meantime by spending $400!
     
  12. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    673
    Sep 27, 2013
    FR
    Try to understand the market. Look at the price of a full frame 300mm 2.8 and you will understand that the fewer the sales, the higher the price. Pana will hopefully come up with a right priced super tele in due time. At the moment looks like they are more concentrating in ditching their cheap compact/reorienting in the luxury G MFT market. So in due time we will see the super tele for sure. But expect to pay big bux!
     
  13. Kharan

    Kharan Mu-43 Rookie

    10
    Sep 10, 2013
    Of course it'll be expensive. I don't mind paying a chunk of money for a good lens. The price argument is pointless, otherwise there wouldn't be things like the 7-14 or 12-40. What I'm saying is that there's squat in that range, while both companies developed six lame lenses in the supertele region. I don't think it was really that hard to develop a decent fast lens instead of the 45-175 PZ, was it?
     
  14. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    50-200 f2.8-3.5 4/3 lens with the MFT adapter on the E-M1 is a great sport shooting lens. Add the 1.4 TC and you get 566 mm of FF reach.

    As an example (JPEG OOC)

    PA130255.
     

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  15. masberg24

    masberg24 Mu-43 Regular

    63
    Mar 20, 2013
    Does AF pretty fast on the Em-1 with the 55-200?
     
  16. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Fast enough with tracking AF do to a good job of shooting lacrosse. I was very pleased with the AF performance.

    The m43 lenses are likely better. We'll have to see what the 40-150 is like with the heavier glass (most m43 lenses are light, and the bigger telephoto lenses are not).
     
  17. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Sorry, but if you think a fast telephoto prime is going to be as affordable as the 7-14, 12-35, 12-40 or 35-100, it's not unlikely you're deluding yourself. And no, 'affordable' is not a typo. I honestly think the 100-300 - for the price - has few equals in DSLR land.
     
  18. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    I'd definitely spend money on a high quality 40-150 f/4. Or better yet, a variable aperture 50-150 f/2.8 - 4, which wouldn't need to be much bigger. With OIS, please. I use a 70-200 on APS-C, so while the 35-100 might mimic a 70-200 on FF, it's a much wider FOV than what I'm used to.
     
  19. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    Philly
    Steve
    From samples, I've seen the legacy manual 100-135mm primes in 2.8+(200-270mm equiv) look very tempting and cost effective solution for now anyway. Super tele is more of a novelty for me though. YMMV.