Farewell, Olympus :(

Started Mar 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
dave gaines
dave gaines Veteran Member • Posts: 9,183
There's no comparing these lenses

jim stirling wrote:

Dave ,

I very specifically said "That very much depends on where you come from" America is the cheapest market in the world for Olympus gear. And you are not comparing like to like as a FF lens 2 stops slower can do the exact same job { AOV, DOF ,total light} as an FT lens. Lets have a look at a genuinely comparable outfit assuming that you want the same DOF ,AOV and same total light.

  • Olympus kit FF equiv { AOV,DOF and total light}
  • Olympus 7-14 f/4 $1799* 14- 28 F8
  • Olympus 14-35 f/2.0 $2299* 24-70 F4
  • Olympus 35-100 f/2.0 $2499* 70-200 f4
  • Oly 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 $1299 100-400 F5.6-7
  • Olympus 150 f/2.0 $2499* 300mm F4
  • Olympus 300 f/2.8 $6999* 300mm f2.8 + 2XTC
  • Olympus 90-250 f/2.8 $5999 Sigma 50-500mm F/4-6.3

Now the FF lenses above would give at worst the same AOV ,DOF and total light as the Olympus gear ... The prices would be as follows

  • Olympus FF equiv { AOV,DOF and total light}
  • Olympus 7-14 f/4 $1799* Nikon 14-24 F2.8 $1996
  • Olympus 14-35 f/2.0 $2299* CANON 24-70 F4 $1500
  • Olympus 35-100 f/2.0 $2499* NIKON 70-200 f4 $1396
  • Oly 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 $1299 CANON 100-400F4.5-5.6 $1500
  • Olympus 150 f/2.0 $2499* Nikon 300mm F4 $1380
  • Olympus 300 f/2.8 $6999* 300mm f2.8 + 2XTC $6000
  • Olympus 90-250 f/2.8 $5999 Sigma 150-500mm F/4-6.3 $1500
  • Olympus total = 23,393 FF total= 15,272

I could save a lot of money by using the Sigma ...

Hi Jim,

Thanks for the reply. I am not familiar with UK prices. Is the difference between Olympus, Canon and Nikon small in the UK compared to the US? And are you making an argument for equivalency, ie, high ISO advantage, DOF ...?

I'm more than willing to shoot Olympus within the limits of it's high ISO ability and DR. I'm fine with waiting 3 to 4 years between upgrades. The next Olympus DSLR will have a better sensor with improved ISO and DR.

I compared the cameras I listed because the OP said he was interested in the D800, the 5DmkIII or maybe the 7D w/APS-C. The difference between today's APS and 4/3 will be small when Olympus releases a new DSLR with a sensor equal to or better than the EM-5.

Cameras come and go. Advances leapfrog one another with every new release. The only significant upgrade to 4/3 that would prompt me to switch is full frame (if money were no object).

Everyone I know with a FF camera says they need the fastest f/2.8 lenses to get good IQ and even light (w/o vignette) from corner to corner.

I used the same f/2.8 lenses you listed above for my comparison. Plus I listed the best long telephoto lenses, where Olympus has the biggest advantage.

You can't compare these f/4 & f/8 lenses to Olympus SHG, f/2 lenses. They're not even close. These examples you've listed for comparison do not match the IQ or speed of the Olympus lenses. They're not as fast as Olympus HG lenses. I'm interested in lens speed at the optimum, lowest ISO of any camera system. I want the fastest exposure options at any camera's native low ISO. I also want more DOF not less. Compare the equivalent focal length in the same aperture.

I can use a TC-14 or TC-20 teleconverter with any Olympus HG or SHG lens and get more reach than any of the examples you've listed here.

Someone would have to read a lot of lens reviews to know if any of the lenses you've listed for comparison here come close to the IQ of the Olympus HG and SHG lenses with the equivalent focal length.

Considering you and I are both using Olympus this comparison is completely academic. It's not worth arguing over. You're posting a preference for m4/3 below while I am shooting with the E-5.

The OP made a ridiculous point in comparing his Olympus E-3 to the best FF from Nikon or Canon. He started by saying he was trying to save money or generate cash in the short term - and he plans to buy FF by the end of the year.

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