Updated Olympus lens road map - 8-25mm f4, finally a pro macro, ... does it make you want to stick with Olympus?

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Surprised at the number of f4 lenses appearing. And people singing their praises. My P7-14 gets so much stick for being a slow f4 In comments on various forums and reviews. Plus lacking the ability to take filters without the use of a diy hood, or the use of blu tack.
Being an f/4 lens user for APS-C, I can vouch for it's value, for me.
At my age, I cannot handle a 70-200/2.8 for 5-6 hours, to shoot sequential field games (football/soccer/lacrosse). That is too much weight for me. The f/4 lens is HALF the weight of the f/2.8 lens. Yeah, not as good as the f/2.8 for night games, but "good enough," for me.

I think that is the thing. For most people the f/4 lens is "good enough."
The extra cost, both dollar and weight, of the extra stop to f/2.8 is significant, and not worth it.

As for your P7-14.
For me, many of my wide shooting is outdoors, where f/4 is not an issue.
However, back in my film days, the core reason that I got a 24, rather than a 28 or 35, was when my back was litteraly up against the wall. So for interior/indoor shots, yeah f/4 could be an issue.
BUT, today we can shoot at ISO levels that are beyond what I could even dream of 40 years ago. My standard color slide film was Ektachrome or Kodachrome 64. ASA/ISO 64. My fastest color slide film was High Speed Ektachome ASA/ISO 160, PUSHED to ASA/ISO 320. I think that is something only us old-timers can relate to.

BTW, in my father's day, it was Kodachrome at ASA 25, and his fastest lens was a 50/2.8.
 
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I wonder what changes will happen to the roadmap with JIP running the show?
There are some neat lenses on the roadmap, but if they have not been designed . . . Did JIP retain the optical and manufacturing engineers needed to design and manufacture those lenses?
While I am hopeful, my expectations have gone down.
Exactly what I was thinking too. I hope they share the view of Olympus on the roadmap but only time will tell.
 

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I read that as well, but currently only the 8-25 has been announced and not yet released. The rest are just place holder for "something" in this range with some unknown specs.
I'm waiting for the 8-25, to see if it is affordable.
I have the 75-300, which does the job, so the 100-400 is not as important, and can wait.
 

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I'm waiting for the 8-25, to see if it is affordable.
I have the 75-300, which does the job, so the 100-400 is not as important, and can wait.
I have the PL8-18, but depending on size and cost I could be tempted to trade the PL8-18 for the Pro 8-25.

I actually picked up the 100-400, it's going back. I'll probably pick up the 75-300 and quietly hope for one of the undefined Pro zooms. I rarely (very rarely) go out with the intent to use that much reach. But when I'm just out, it's not unusual to wish for more reach. The 100-400 is just too big and heavy to have in my bag just in case. Not to mention it requires a bigger bag than I tend to carry most of the time.
 
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I actually picked up the 100-400, it's going back. I'll probably pick up the 75-300 and quietly hope for one of the undefined Pro zooms. I rarely (very rarely) go out with the intent to use that much reach. But when I'm just out, it's not unusual to wish for more reach. The 100-400 is just too big and heavy to have in my bag just in case. Not to mention it requires a bigger bag than I tend to carry most of the time.
I actually picked up a 75-300 for similar reasons: My 40-150 Pro being too heavy and bulky to just pack it in one of my bags, especially considering it only fits easily in one of them anyways, but I also wanted more reach. Olympus currently has a EUR 75 cashback going on in Europe. It actually still is fairly compact and not heavy, however the official (sold separately) lens hood is pretty big.
 

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I actually picked up a 75-300 for similar reasons: My 40-150 Pro being too heavy and bulky to just pack it in one of my bags, especially considering it only fits easily in one of them anyways, but I also wanted more reach. Olympus currently has a EUR 75 cashback going on in Europe. It actually still is fairly compact and not heavy, however the official (sold separately) lens hood is pretty big.
I have a Peak 20L backpack and Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Messenger Bag it would fit in. But I prefer one of my smaller bags.
 

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Can't remember where I read it (and CBF finding it) but the plan is to release all announced lenses as planned.
I have been watching the Olympus Australia COVID lockdown training videos and on the last one, 1st December on food the Australian commercial manager indicated he had seen the 5 year road may and indicated new bodies and lenses next year. Not sure what weight you could put on that. but they seem to be putting on a brave face.
Only time will tell what they really want to do with the business.
 

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If 8-25mm and 100mm do come out, I would have all I need. Ultra-wide to normal 8-25mm range would be so versatile for urban landscape type stuff, it could even replace my 12-100mm as my main lens. And of course macro is another one of my passions so I need something for that.

Of course, I hope the system continues to grow beyond that and realize its full potential. E-M1 II probably won't last forever, for example, so I will probably need a replacement eventually. Given the size advantage of m4/3, they probably should continue to try to appeal to sports/wildlife photographers, and I think they can do better to appeal to street photographers as well (e.g. silent mechanical shutter, Pen-F2 with tilting LCD, 25mm F1.8 II with MF clutch).
 

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