What Lens should they make next?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tkbslc, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    m4/3 has a pretty nice lens lineup, but obviously they don't have everything. What lens(es) would you like to see released next? Something that fills a hole you think exists in the lineup?

    For me, I'd really like relatively compact 50mm f1.4. The 50mm f1.4 would give significantly more subject isolation than the 45mm f1.8, a tiny bit more reach and could be priced in between the 45 and PL 42.5. Sure I can use an adapted 50, but those aren't razor sharp wide open like m4/3 glass, nor do they focus quickly. A 50mm f1.4 would have the isolation capabilities of the 42.5mm and 75mm f1.8, but at a more all-around focal than the 75mm and a more reasonable price than the 42.5mm

    I was thinking that a 100mm f2.2 or something along the lines would be great, but then I realized that adding a TC to the 75mm f1.8 would give about the same (105mm f2.5). Perhaps Olympus could make a TC that works on more lenses than just the 40-150mm, or even just a well matched TCON option for the 75mm.
  2. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    I'm fine with what is out there right now, but I've heard from a lot of people that are looking for 100mm, 150mm and possibly 400mm. I think it is a good start that we are going to be getting a 300mm f/4 in the coming future.
  3. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I'm a bit biased toward wide-to-standard lenses, but I'd like to see an inexpensive 12mm f2.8 or even f3.5. The Olympus is a great lens but just too expensive. Also, why no 25mm f2.8?
  4. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I second the idea of a fast 200mm prime equivalent - f2 would be fine. This is a lens I've been wishing for for quite some time now as the EF 200mm f2.8 was my favorite lens when I was shooting Canon. I'd prefer it be made by Panasonic, with OIS and priced at/under $1k (only because I don't see Olympus making something so similar to their 75mm.)
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  5. DigitalD

    DigitalD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2014
    Id like to see an Auto focus, weather-proof ƒ0.95 to ƒ1.2 portrait lens series from Panasonic-Leica. From 17 to 75mm. A guy can dream right? :) 
  6. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    Enough primes already! I want a good quality, small and light weight, weather sealed 10-70. Doesn't have to be fast, f3.5-4...ish is fine. Let the ISO take care of that. It would be perfect for travel. It would make three of my lenses redundant. ...hmmm maybe shouldn't have mentioned that if OLy is listening.
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  7. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    9mm f/3.5 prime, rectilinear of course. Price point 400 to 500 €/$.
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  8. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    A weather sealed 100mm f2.0 and 2x converter would be a great addition to their lens lineup. It would be faster than the 40-150mm f2.8, lighter to carry and different than anything else in their line with or without the converter, e.g. the 300mm f4.0 and 1.4x converter. As much as I like really long lenses, I think Olympus would sell a lot more fast 100mm and 2x converters than all sorts of other lenses in the longer than 75mm range.
    Admittedly, I tend to revert to my old selection of field of view in lenses. My preference runs to fixed focal lengths in long and very short lenses, zooms in the middle range.
  9. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    f/0.9 12, 17, 25 & 45mm primes in an all metal construction with aperture rings!
  10. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    A 9 or 10mm f/2.8 would be really nice. And a 150mm/2.8
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  11. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    I don't even want to guess what those would cost after seeing the price tag on the 42.5mm 1.2! $2500 each?
  12. mgw

    mgw New to Mu-43

    Aug 22, 2014
    Or an updated version of the 12-50 with a constant f4 - and no macro if that helps keep the size down. Then add a constant f4 somewhere in the range of 50-120. Lenses of this type would be a nice complement to a collection of fast primes. Current kit zooms are too slow and the PRO zooms are too expensive (and too big in the case of the 40-150 f2.8).
  13. Mercurio

    Mercurio Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 17, 2012
    Bogotá, Colombia
    From the architectural point of view, a wide shift lens would be welcome, as the one Olympus had with the old OM lineup.
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  14. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Olympus has already stated: 'No shift lenses'. They did the research and found that Canon/Nikon sell bugger all tilt/shift lenses to even give it more than a passing thought.
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  15. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    In the "olden days" it was common for the mid-range glass to have an aperture of something like f3.5-4.5. That seems like a good compromise to straight f4 that seems to keep the size down, while still keeping the glass relatively fast.
  16. stuntman

    stuntman M43 FOR THIRDS 4 EVER

    Jul 6, 2011
    8 or 9 "non" fish-eye prime for landscapes. Even if it was an f8 to start.....I want the depth of field with a non-zoom. Like "Spinal Tap" said....This one would go to 11....
    12 is not wiDe enough for some of the panos I like. I really want a wide lens for the tighter stuff.
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  17. m4/3boy

    m4/3boy Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 21, 2013
    Ray - the mind of Olympus.

    Never say never.
  18. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Olympus did. :) 
  19. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    The superb Voigtlander lenses are ~ $1,000.00 - 1,200.00. One of Olympus' advantages would be AF, although I don't think that would matter much to many/most folks who purchase this level of lens. The other Olympus advantage would be size and weight. The Voigtlander primes weigh more that the Oly 12 - 40.
  20. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    If Olympus were to produce those types of lenses and have then useable wide open, they would cost a packet. Not just because of AF, but what's required to ensure minimal distortion, CA etc. The Voigtlanders I owned could not be used wide open if there was high contrast areas, as green and purple fringing would rear their heads every time.

    And if Olympus went that route, why would they want to achieve anything less than the highest possible quality? I can't help but smile when I read reviews of other brand fast lenses, where the comment always arises that stopping down one or two stops produces outstanding results.
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