Updated: First Images of the Olympus 15mm f/8 Lens?

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    A new source identified as nanoloop sent us this image, reportedly showing the rear aspect of the not-yet-announced Olympus 15mm f/8 lens:


    The photo looks legit, showing a Micro 4/3 mount, tiny optics (as would be expected for a lens this slow), no electrical contacts (meaning no AF), and no iris blades (meaning fixed aperture).

    UPDATE: nanoloop sent a second image of the lens:


    Looks more like a body cap than a lens!

    43 Rumors published specs for the Oly 15mm f/8 a couple weeks ago (link):

    It's less than half the length and weight of the diminuitive Pana 14. If it's also less than half the price, I expect that it will be well received. 15mm and f/8 with three focus settings is going to introduce a lot of folks to the joys of zone focusing, where one can focus on composition and timing. I think we'll see a lot of it in our Real Street Thread :2thumbs:.

    Other sources have indicated that this tiny and super thin lens will be bundled with the E-PM2 and/or E-PL5. Moreover, we've gotten additional confirmation that as we reported a couple weeks ago, those Pens will use the E-M5 sensor. I can now upgrade that rumor to a solid grade A-.

    Addendum: I initially referred to this as an mZD lens but was corrected by nanoloop, who said that this is not an mZD. Unless I'm mistaken, that would make it the first non-mZD lens from Olympus for Micro 4/3. The beginning of a series of some sort?

    [Thanks nanoloop]
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  2. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Really looking forward to seeing how this lens performs and what it will cost. With the 14mm Panny being about $150, 21mm thick, and f/2.5 I think it'll have to be pretty good to garner much interest. I also think that's a good possibility.
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    The Pana 14 still has a street price of ~$300 from authorized dealers (lowest I see is $260 at Amazon). Those very low Ebay prices are thought to represent lenses parted out as surplus from kits.

    I expect the Oly to be bundled with the small Pens, to retail for much less than the Pana 14, and to be had on Ebay for very little. It will be more of a fun lens rather than a top performer.
  4. sLorenzi

    sLorenzi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 15, 2010
    I'll get one of these if it goes to ebay for 70-80 bucks. If it was a 18mm I would pay more. I'm glad to see how broad the offer of m4/3 lenses is.
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  5. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    I'd just like to point out that with this lens, you will get no lens EXIF. Somewhat more problematic, the EM5 won't stabilize it in video mode. Thanks Olympus :rolleyes: 
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  6. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    rob collins
    Well its cheap. And I quite want to buy an epm2 (or whatever it will be called) to give to the gf so she stops nicking my OM-D. I dont want to pay for another rubbish 14-42 or dull 17 2.8, so getting it with the new lens is practically like buying a body only camera.
  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    From what I've learned so far, I like it. Something different. I'd love to have a zone focusing switch on my Pana 14/2.5.
  8. strang

    strang Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2012
    Could this be a sign that all of the other Olympus lens rumors will remain as rumors? I would hate for that.
  9. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    There's a good chance we won't see anything other than this lens and the 60mm macro.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Mu-43 App
  10. andix

    andix Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 16, 2012
    And the three settings of this lens will be:

    Wherever you are.

    You're welcome, Celine Dion. :biggrin:
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  11. twalker294

    twalker294 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 18, 2010
    I'll snap this up in a heartbeat if it's under $100. Looks like a fun lens to play with.
  12. Kingsfan

    Kingsfan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 22, 2010
    highland park, CA
    this could be awesome for street
  13. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    With that update, i can only think of, EPM1 + O15 and there you go, probably the best street shooter on the market.... we just need to see how it performs, but on paper looks like THE street shooter tool! :2thumbs:
  14. Howi

    Howi Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 23, 2011
    Sorry but I just don't see the point of this lens.
    The 14mm f2.5 is going to be better optically, has AF, is much faster when you need it in poor light etc etc
    By setting the 14mm to F8 and focusing on a subject 6ft away (then switch to MF) and it will focus from 2.8ft to infinity.
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  15. Is f/8 really relevant for street photography with a smaller sensor? In close quarters a DOF of a couple of metres is usually plenty, which is achievable at f/4 or even f/2.8 with this focal length.
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  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Having gotten used to snap focus on a Ricoh GRD, which at f/1.8 has almost exactly the same DOF as this lens at f/8, I think it makes a lot of sense. A couple of meters isn't enough for me to completely forget about focus and deal only with timing and composition. f/8 will definitely do the trick. Of course, you lose a ton of light, which will push the ISO values up.

    By sticking an f/8 lens with manual zone focus on an E-PM2, you'll effectively have a Ricoh GRD, which a lot of people find to be a terrific street shooter.
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  17. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I think it's fresh. If it's around $50, I'll buy 1. Growing up the cameras my family owned never needed focusing.
  18. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    The OM-D sensor (if it indeed finds its way into the EPM-2 etc) really breathes life into these "slow" lenses Olympus has been producing the past few years (e.g., 75-200; 12-50mm, 15mm). This may have been part of Olympus' strategy all along.
  19. emirabal

    emirabal Mu-43 Regular

    Im in!!!!

    This sounds great, at the EOTD its a different lens that makes the :43: camera even more pocketable, i can picture this just like everyone is saying as a street lens, some long exposure shots to capture some quality images, and again, its going to make carrying a camera around that much better.
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  20. I would be concerned about the small aperture. I usually find the shutter speed to be the critical value, with 1/250 to 1/500 being my safe values. In the middle of the day with the 7-14mm I was getting values of f/4 and ISO 1600 using shutter priority.
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