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Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by britops, Apr 13, 2013.
Why would Olympus release new lenses that aren't weatherproof? 75-300mm Mk2 ??
The 75-300mm is a standard grade, not a high grade lens.
because it keeps their costs low. not everyone has weather sealed cameras to boot. rain covers can be sourced on the cheap. are just a few reasons.
+1 - pretty well covers it.
There is probably a venn diagram in here - micro four thirds market / olympus buyers / weather proof body owners / owners that need weather sealing / weather proof lens buyers
Which would lead to a pretty small number
Although the argument can be made that weather sealing would promote more foul-weather shooting but I doubt that hold true.
I'm guessing Olympus has teams of statisticians and marketing folk pouring over EXIF data from online-photo-sharing sites looking for lens make/model/focal length to help decide what to release next and where the gaps are in their line-up.
While I don't usually shoot in foul weather, I like the fact that the camera is somewhat protected, and it's one of the reasons I bought the 12-50 along with it. However, Olympus should release a WR version of (at least) the 40-150 so people can buy a reasonably priced kit.
Pentax has a good set up with several of their "kit" lenses water resistant, along with the higher grade lenses. It's a good marketing point if nothing else.
I do wish the 75-300 was weather sealed... would have made the decision between Oly 75-300 and Pany 100-300 much easier.
While I certainly understand the economics of the decision, it would be nice to have a super telephoto like this weather sealed, as it just seems more likely that you will be more likely to be exposed to a risk of sudden bad weather or splashes shooting with a lens that has more reach than with a wide, since nearly 100% of the time it will be used outside (unless you are in a domed stadium or something).
I would use my storm jacket regardless of weather sealing.