Any rumors on the horizon about an m43 lens longer than 400mm?

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Jouko Senior Member • Posts: 1,696
Re: Any rumors on the horizon about an m43 lens longer than 400mm?

Messier Object wrote:

Skeeterbytes wrote:

Alex Ethridge wrote:

Reason I'm asking is I owned the 100-400mm 4.0-6.3 for two years and I found it just barely long enough for some of what I do and as soon as the sun touched the horizon or dropped half-way below the surrounding trees in the ball park, not fast enough. f/5.6 on the long end would have helped a lot.

Welllll, the 150-400 with its built-in 1.2x TC will be a native 500mm lens. An expensive path to achieve that gaudy reach, but a legit one (presuming typical Pro tele quality).

The 300 Pro transforms to 420 and 600mm with the two MCs. It's a little slow, however, at 600/8. Dual-IS helps its usefulness when handholding.

A native 500/5.6 would sell like hotcakes. Oly and Panny both have the ability to make such a beast, and Sigma could jump in any old time as far as I'm concerned.



What I don’t like about the 150-400mm F4 is that it will be very slow at the long end.
150mm. . . 200mm F4 would not be very useful for my applications.

A 450mm F4 prime would be my choice as the ideal m.43 wildlife lens, especially for birders. I think that most of us who use a 300mm prime have a 1.4x attached most of the time anyway. A 450mm F4 would be the new ‘big tuna’


I think the Oly 150-400mm will be F4.5 all the way, and with the 1.25x  built-in converter it will be 187,5-500mm F5,6 lens. Add the MC14 or the MC20, if needed...

Weight is supposed to be around 2 kg, so handheldable, at least in theory. But try to catch that flying sparrow with a 500mm lens... I think the long end lens line will be about filled after this lens and the promised "cheapo" Oly 100-400 + PanaLeica 100-400. If Sigma and/or Tamron would join the group with the (60)-150-600 mm lenses, that would be nice for some wallets.

But, to be honest... we have an 800mm eqv. lens F6.3, 600mm eqv F4 and with couple of extenders longer high quality lenses already. All reasonable priced for the quality. In film days I had a cheap 400m lens and, after that the Zuiko 300mm F4.5 + TC14. And I was happy with that, and got some reasonable results too.

Just bought the 40-150mm F2.8 and the converters... Ending to 80-300mm F5.6 lightweight good quality travel setup. In low light using it without the converter... Or if I only need shorter lenghts.

Now waiting the time to be allowed to travel free again... Maybe later this year.

Cheers! And stay well!

'The best camera in the world is the one you have with you when you need it' - Lenses for mFT-cameras

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