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Old Mar 5, 2014, 2:26 PM   #1
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A view of the upcoming lenses and their size vs. the currently available 12-40mm f2.8 M. Zuiko..

http://www.43rumors.com/the-big-olym...ze-comparison/

If you look at the soon-to-be-available 40-150mm f2.8, it's approximately twice the height of the 12-40. I just happen to have the 12-40mm f2.8 and 50-200 f2.8-3.5 four-thirds Zuiko with me today, and the 50-200 Zuiko, WITH THE ADAPTER MOUNTED, is approximately the same height as the upcoming 40-150mm f2.8. Wow. Without the adapter, the 50-200 Zuiko looks like it is actually shorter than the 40-150mm f2.8.

Of course, there are other things to consider. Even though the AF with the 50-200 on the E-M1 is quite good, if the AF performance of the 40-150 is as good as all the other Micro Zuikos with the MSC focusing system, it will below away the 50-200, AF-wise.

Weight-wise will be another interesting comparison. If the size and weight are about the same and the ultimate AF speed is not an issue, the 50-200 is even a better alternative than I was thinking it might be.

It also emphasizes just how small the Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 is too. Even if you doubled it's size to incease the reach to 150mm, it'd still be smaller than the upcoming 40-150mm f2.8 M. Zuiko.

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Old Mar 5, 2014, 9:39 PM   #2
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Wow, those lens are too big for the small body of the m4/3 cameras.

My Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 is 13.21cm, it is just 2.28cm longer than the Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 and my Nikon 300mm f/4 is just 1.72 cm longer than the Olympus 300mm f/4.

I like the m4/3 system because the portability, size and weigh of it but with the new PRO lenses I don't think it will be an advantage to the full frame system that I'm using now.
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Other than, one could have a set of high-end, high speed lenses like that for when needed, or carry 2-4 small primes when that makes more sense on the same body, or......something like the three zoom lens Panasonic 7-14 f4, 12-35 and 35-100mm f2.8's, which are downright tiny. More and more I'm really liking that setup. Convenience of size/ease of carry, yet high-end optical quality.

And then there's the other variable not included in the picture, and that's what these unreleased lenses will weigh, which could be quite a bit less. I've never owned a 14-24 f2.8 Nikkor but I did once have the 20-35mm f2.8 Nikkor and the 80-200 f2.8D Nikkor, and those lenses were built like tanks. Really heavy. The Olympus 12-40 weighs 382 grams, while the Nikon 24-70 f2.8 AFS weighs 900 grams.

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Greg I have a feeling that the 50-200mm is going to be a real nice choice on the E-M1 even after the native 40-150mm f2.8 comes out. I've personally decided that my next camera body will most likely be an E-M1, while I think I would love an E-M5 I would be looking to upgrade when they came out with a successor with the WiFi capability and PDAF on chip. Since the E-M1 has those now I have determined it would be better to buy that then buy a camera that still leaves me wanting something... long story short I know the E-M1 will be a summer or maybe even fall purchase so in the mean time I have been watching ebay for prices on the 50-200mm and they're fairly reasonable... longer story shorter I hope to be doing my bird shots next spring with an e-m1 and a 50-200mm, that's how impressed I am with the IQ of that lens.

On another point I am really interested to see what that 300mm f4.0 ends up going for... I hope it doesn't end up like the 300mm f2.8, priced around a decent used car :0
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Does work very well, even in relatively low light. The one gotcha is, the phase detection sensor sites are primarily sensitive to vertical lines. If you happen to try a subject with just horizontal lines AF can get confused and fail since there are no cross sensors to handle vertical and horizontal lines at the same time.

I went to Arlington Camera today and checked out the Olympus salesman who was there with all the toys. The EM-10 is tiny but really easy to hold. It had the new pancake 14-42 mounted which was incredibly small. The new 25mm f1.8 is a sweet little lens. AC even had one for sale, but I suppressed the urge....

He said he's looking forward to the 40-150/2.8 as well. He's expecting it to be available during the second half of the Olympus fiscal year, which he said meant some time after April 1.

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Greg I have a feeling that the 50-200mm is going to be a real nice choice on the E-M1 even after the native 40-150mm f2.8 comes out. I've personally decided that my next camera body will most likely be an E-M1, while I think I would love an E-M5 I would be looking to upgrade when they came out with a successor with the WiFi capability and PDAF on chip. Since the E-M1 has those now I have determined it would be better to buy that then buy a camera that still leaves me wanting something... long story short I know the E-M1 will be a summer or maybe even fall purchase so in the mean time I have been watching ebay for prices on the 50-200mm and they're fairly reasonable... longer story shorter I hope to be doing my bird shots next spring with an e-m1 and a 50-200mm, that's how impressed I am with the IQ of that lens.

On another point I am really interested to see what that 300mm f4.0 ends up going for... I hope it doesn't end up like the 300mm f2.8, priced around a decent used car :0
Ramce, I agree with your assessment of the 50-200 and Steve's bird shots can attest to that.
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Also works extremely well as a closeup lens with the EX25 tube. I was at the Arboretum this morning and captured some really fun closeups with the combination. The fun's officially started for me with it again.
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