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Old Jan 31, 2013, 2:34 PM   #1
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So I just got the email about the new lens. It is available for pre-order for 550. I didn't realize it would be 350 cheaper than the older version. Thoughts?
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So I just got the email about the new lens. It is available for pre-order for 550. I didn't realize it would be 350 cheaper than the older version. Thoughts?

it's more interesting, that's for sure. There was no way I'd ever pay a thousand dollars or whatever for the old one.
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Olympus put it's own unique spin on the "upgrade", but I'm figuring they just updated the cosmetics on the outside to give it the same "R" look as the newest 14-42 and 40-150 Zuikos, maybe transferred production from Japan to China to drop labor costs and cut the price back since they were so over what Panasonic charges for their 100-300 zoom.

The old version is very good. I like mine for sure. I see nothing that would indicate this re-design (cosmetics only. Optically it looks the same) will be any different.
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Yeah, I'm just hoping its not worse. That was my biggest concern.
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For a long zoom, this lens is waaaay tooooo slow. Oly could have done better.
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we did chat a bit about this new lens here in Greg's thread titled "Hah!!!"

Hah!!!

It seems like it is a great alternative to the $500 Panasonic 100-300mm even though it is slower and doesn't have OIS my guess is that it is going to be sharper than the Panasonic as my experience with the 45-200mm has been that it is softer than the Olympus 70-300mm at the same focal length.

However the one thing to note is it doesn't match the close focus macro capabilities of the 70-300mm four thirds lens, which for me and a few others is a let down.
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You could say the same thing about the standard 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 zoom.

For a 75-300, a well-performing f6.7 at 300mm is not actually all that bad, especially now with the E-M5 and not having an issue with going on up the ISO range when needed. The 70-300 f4-5.6 four-thirds Zuiko I always treated like an f8 lens at 300mm anyway because at f5.6, it was not all that good. At f6.7 and 300mm, the 75-300 M. Zuiko is pretty darn sharp, and it's small enough, even with a reversed hood, to fit in a pretty small area in the bag. This lens was/is all about size, as in having the option for this range in a size as small as possible. The size/performance tradeoff works. If I wanted to maximize coverage with my smallest carrying bag, the 9-18, 12-50 and 75-300 Zuikos with the E-M5 will all fit in the Think Tank Retrospective 5 bag, with room in the front flap for the 7.5mm Rokinon fisheye.

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