Oly 75-300 Mk II in March

Started Jan 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Optical1
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Made in China...I suspect...
In reply to Martin.au, Jan 30, 2013

Mjankor wrote:

duckling wrote:

The new version is way cheaper. Something must have been taken away, like some HR elements (the old one has three of them). I don't own the 75-300, but from what I have seen it is a quality optic with impressive sharpness, contrast and clarity. I hope the new one keeps up with it, though I doubt it.

It's the same

MkI

18 elements in 13 groups; Super ED, ED, HR elements

http://www.olympus.com.au/Products/CompactSystem-Cameras/PEN-Lenses/75-300mm-f4-8-6-7-Super-Telephoto-Zoom-(PEN)-(1).aspx

MKII

18 Elements in 13 Groups; Super ED lens, 2 ED lenses and 3 HR lenses

http://www.olympus.com.au/Products/CompactSystem-Cameras/PEN-Lenses/M-Zuiko-Digital-75-300mm-f4-8-6-7-II-Telephoto-Zoo.aspx

I suspect it's just market pressure.

I speculate that this lens will be produced in China, whereas the original lens was produced in Japan - resulting in the cost savings.  In my experience my Made in Japan lenses have been better constructed and without defects that appear to me more common in MIC lenses.  While it likely won't make a $350 difference in the price of the lens - the 'original' 75-300 may be viewed as a gem if the quality of the mk2 is less consistent.

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