Olympus 75mm F1.8 is here $899 -Ouch!!

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Re: Olympus 75mm F1.8 is here $899 -Ouch!!
In reply to Willing, May 24, 2012

Olympus's business model is producing a small, less costly product to produce but charging a significant premium over legacy manufacturer's products that are likely more costly to produce. Seems to be working.

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Funny you mention the Leica 90 F2
In reply to Amin Sabet, May 24, 2012

because I was looking closely at that very lens until the 75 1.8 was announced.

Used to be, you could find a clean copy of the 90 F2 for around $500, but when I checked this spring, it had shot up to around $900. Must be all these mirrorless types bidding the used price up.

So, no the 75 1.8 isn't that expensive, but one must keep in mind that M43 hasn't had much glass in this quality range in the past, so a bit of sticker shock is to be expected.

The good news is - M43 is getting serious glass now. The bad news is - it's still pretty pricey as compared to average glass. High tech hasn't changed that.

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Re: Olympus 75mm F1.8 is here $899 -Ouch!!
In reply to zzapamiga, May 24, 2012

Uh, you realize that the Sigma is significantly faster and covers a full frame. The Nikon 85mm 1.8 that just came out is also significantly cheaper. If you're fine with being milked by Olympus, that's fine, but don't try to pretend it's a good deal.

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Re: This is getting sooooo tiring.
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This is where I completely disagree. There are plenty of people on this forum and all over that can afford full frame or who have owned full frame and don't want full frame. Full frame is not the holy grail of image quality. Does every person who shoots full frame say if I could only afford medium format, I would go there. Emphatic NO!!!

. . . Yes there are lots of us who gave up our FF systems in order to use the more compact system that m4/3 offers. Saving money was never the driving force for me and many others here as well. Until you've carried a heavy FF camera and telephoto lens around for several hours, it might not make a lot of sense to some but it's a real problem after a while.

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75mm 1.8 v 150mm 2.0
In reply to Klarno, May 24, 2012

See here:

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Re: Quite funny here...
In reply to jennajenna, May 24, 2012

Ya, some technical review shows it is quite close to the 150mm f2 in image quality, see below.

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Re: Quite funny here...
In reply to Klarno, May 24, 2012

Klarno wrote:

How does a 75mm f/1.8 lens on a 4/3" class sensor in any way match a 150mm f/2.0 lens on a 4/3" class sensor?

In image quality... The 150mm f2 is one of the sharpest 4/3 lenses available, and some review (that another guy linked) shows that this one is very close indeed.

In terms of FoV and DoF it does not, it is also quite a bit smaller and lighter...

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Re: Quite funny here...
In reply to Gregm61, May 24, 2012

Gregm61 wrote:

MadsR wrote:

Everyone whines that here are no SHG or UHG lenses, then Olympus makes one that matches their 150mm f2.0 UHG, at around 1/4th the price, and people start to cry that it is still quite expensive... Sigh

It would have to be a 150mm lens, not a 75mm lens, to match the four-thirds lens.

Whether we're talking four-thirds or micro four-thirds, it the same format/sensor size, so the focal length would have to be the same, to be the same.

It's not the same...

Image quality matches quite close, and the 150mm is probably the best 4/3 lens available and is 4 times as expensive now! something like 8 times as expensive at launch.

I know FoV and DoF does not match, also the new lens is much smaller and lighter, but the image quality (resolution, contrast, distortion, CA etc.) is very very close.

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Re: Olympus 75mm F1.8 is here $899 -Ouch!!
In reply to Willing, May 24, 2012

Willing wrote:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/05/24/Olympus-announces-m-zuiko-75mm-F1-8

Did the OP make a mistake "Olympus 75mm F1.8 is here $899 -Ouch!". Where is here? I want to buy it but when I followed the link I was disappointed to see just an announcement. Please post the link to here so I can buy this lens now?

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Re: Olympus 75mm F1.8 is here $899 -Ouch!!
In reply to Willing, May 24, 2012

It would have been great if this lens came in black and is weather sealed.

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Wholehearted agree... for that price, I really need a black version, weather seals, hood and cap... then I would fork out $900+ tax and shipping.
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Wide open the forthcoming 35-100 f/2.8 has the same DOF@100mm as the 75mm f/1.8.
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Re: Olympus 75mm F1.8 is here $899 -Ouch!!
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j.m.young wrote:

Did the OP make a mistake "Olympus 75mm F1.8 is here $899 -Ouch!". Where is here? I want to buy it but when I followed the link I was disappointed to see just an announcement. Please post the link to here so I can buy this lens now?

https://us.buyolympus.com/lenses/m-zuiko-digital-lenses-pen-series/m-zuiko-digital-ed-75mm-f1-8.html

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00836JHVQ/?tag=rumors04-20

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/867365-REG/Olympus_75mm_f_1_8_M_Zuiko.html

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Re: Olympus 75mm F1.8 is here $899 -Ouch!!
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Something to consider for me... thanks!

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Wide open the forthcoming 35-100 f/2.8 has the same DOF@100mm as the 75mm f/1.8.
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Re: Better $899 than $299
In reply to Amin Sabet, May 24, 2012

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but rather in terms of delivering crisp, sharp, detailed images wide open and premium build quality.

By the looks of the published MTF, it tops the 45/1.8, which definitely puts this in 135L territory IQ-wise. I am sure it beats the EF 85/1.8 on APS-C, if not on FF.

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Just a thank you to the troops...
In reply to Willing, May 25, 2012

It's Olympus' thank you for all buying the $1000 camera !

Vjim

whose wonderful $ 99, m40-150 covers a 'slow' 75 mm

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Re: Better $899 than $299
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Chez Wimpy wrote:

Amin Sabet wrote:

but rather in terms of delivering crisp, sharp, detailed images wide open and premium build quality.

By the looks of the published MTF, it tops the 45/1.8, which definitely puts this in 135L territory IQ-wise. I am sure it beats the EF 85/1.8 on APS-C, if not on FF.

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Re: Olympus 75mm F1.8 is here $899 -Ouch!!
In reply to NickR, May 25, 2012

NickR wrote:

Olympus's business model is producing a small, less costly product tproduce but charging a significant premium over legacy manufacturer's products that are likely more costly to produce. Seems to be working.

Olympus was a dying company and almost was sold. Now to survive they need to charge. Many neglected Olympus owners switched to other brands and the current number of fans may not be able to pull Olympus out of the hole. That is my thinking.
On the other hand it may help them to be sold for more. My opinion.
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Re: Just a thank you to the troops...
In reply to vincent filomena, May 25, 2012

vincent filomena wrote:

It's Olympus' thank you for all buying the $1000 camera !

Vjim

whose wonderful $ 99, m40-150 covers a 'slow' 75 mm

Interesting.
I have got GH2 body with athe kit lens for $749 deliverd.
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Re: Better $899 than $299
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Leo wrote:

Olympus hard core fans are funny

I only have the one Olympus lens, but the 45/1.8 is definitely up there with my other great portrait optics. In many ways it is better than the Canon 85/1.8 on APS-C (CA, and purple fringing in particular), but lacks the DOF control. Since the 75/1.8 is purportedly the better lens, this will bring it closer to the 135L - in everything but DOF control.

I don't have the inclination to buy yet another portrait lens, but I am sure somebody will do a side-by-side at some point.

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