Large-aperture zooms for m4/3.

Started May 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
James Pilcher
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In reply to RStyga, May 3, 2012

No one camera system can do it all. No one comes to 4/3 for ultra shallow DOF. No one comes to 4/3 for big honkin' zoom and tele lenses.

The only reasonable recommendation for those instances where 4/3 does not make the grade, is to own two or more systems. A Nikon D700 and the latest 70-200mm f/2.8 VR is a good alternative when you need that speed. Then you are also primed (pun intended) to move up to the 85mm f/1.4, 200mm f/2, and other great fast expensive lenses.

If it comes down to money, then you have to pick your compromise. That's what I've done. the Zuiko 12mm, PL 25mm, Zuiko 45mm, and Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 (soon) are doing it for me right now.

RStyga wrote:

Now that E-M5 is out there is a clear market need for zoom lenses with large aperture. In the current m4/3 zoom lineup there is none. Considering that (m)4/3 sensors are half FF and thus, natively, do not offer very shallow DoF, it makes the need more pronounced.

If you were/are with a m4/3 system how would/do you deal with this lack? So far only primes can offer large apertures but not all FLs are covered; e.g. there's not a single tele prime with a large aperture.. actually, there are no m4/3 tele primes in general (save the short-tele 45mm 1.8). Last, using 4/3 lenses with an adaptor is not a viable solution due to the significant AF speed reduction.

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Jim Pilcher
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