New (?) Olympus vs Panasonic 100-400 info

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Danielvr Veteran Member • Posts: 5,396
Re: New (?) Olympus vs Panasonic 100-400 info

If it is true that this lens is essentially a Sigma design, then the more likely explanation is that Sigma's optical stabilisation isn't fully compatible with Oly's, or not as capable.

The fact that the optical formula is partly the same has zero or near zero impact on any other aspect of the lens.

My point is not about the formula, it's about the (supposed) fact that a third party designed and quite possibly manufactured this lens, which could have greatly reduced Olympus' ability to build it to its own standards.

Specifically, I think that Oly decided to go with the off-the-shelf OIS unit that Sigma is using for the C/N/S-mount versions of this lens (whether for financial, technical or timing considerations), and that this sub-optimal sync-IS is the best compromise that was achievable under those circumstances.

Also, this lens is a value proposition. It offers great quality at a comparatively low price. It would make perfect sense to me if Oly is keeping full sync-IS exclusive to its Pro line, so as not to cannibalize their own hi-end sales (in particular those of the upcoming no holds barred 150-400 f4.5). So, even if it might have been technically possible for Oly to add full sync-IS, I don't think they were motivated to do so -- and good for them.

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