Why no lens uniformity?

Started Feb 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
DonSC Senior Member • Posts: 1,032
Re: Lens classes are as follow

You can find the same categories on the USA Olympus website but it's not on the landing page for lenses. I'm not sure why they bury the categorization since it makes things easier to understand IMO. http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/lens_chip_layer You can even find a roadmap for both 43 and m.43 lenses by catetory. http://cache.olympusamerica.com/static/getolympus/files/lens_roadmap.pdf

The strategy looks good actually. With an exception or two, you have consumer zooms at the bottom, fast primes without sealing at the next level, and then fast zooms (not as fast as the primes) with sealing at the next level.

As was suggested, I think the answer about why some of the primes have more features is price. This is one of those damned if you do and damned if you don't situations. Some want the lenses cheaper. Some more feature rich. Personally I'd rather the primes be cheaper rather than feature rich because I can fill in the features with the Pro lenses. No doubt many others would have a different take.

But you posed an interesting question.

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