Olympus working on 500mm lens

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Albert Valentino Veteran Member • Posts: 7,903
Olympus working on 500mm lens
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https://www.43rumors.com/olympus-says-they-are-developing-a-new-500mm-mft-lens/

Shigemi Sugimoto from Olympus...

  • In 2018 we couldn’t launch new products because of the factory relocation
  • The policy is now to announce multiple lenses every year from this year.
  • We will continue to launch cameras in three areas: entry, middle and high end level.
  • A super telephoto lens that reaches 1000mm in FF terms is under development, and it will reach 2000mm with a 2x teleconverter
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Re: Olympus working on 500mm lens
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Albert Valentino wrote:

https://www.43rumors.com/olympus-says-they-are-developing-a-new-500mm-mft-lens/

Shigemi Sugimoto from Olympus...

  • In 2018 we couldn’t launch new products because of the factory relocation
  • The policy is now to announce multiple lenses every year from this year.
  • We will continue to launch cameras in three areas: entry, middle and high end level.
  • A super telephoto lens that reaches 1000mm in FF terms is under development, and it will reach 2000mm with a 2x teleconverter

speechless.

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BruceRH Senior Member • Posts: 1,790
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Interesting, thanks for posting!

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Nice, that's what we need.

Some "consumer" options will be nice too.

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drj3 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,243
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I think this is probably the 150-400 f4.5 which is 500mm with the integrated 1.25 TC (f5.6).  With the MC-20 it would give 1000mm, but unfortunately at f11.

However, it could be the 500mm f4 for which a patent was published a couple of years ago.

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DLBlack Forum Pro • Posts: 14,005
Re: Olympus working on 500mm lens
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Albert Valentino wrote:

https://www.43rumors.com/olympus-says-they-are-developing-a-new-500mm-mft-lens/

Shigemi Sugimoto from Olympus...

  • In 2018 we couldn’t launch new products because of the factory relocation
  • The policy is now to announce multiple lenses every year from this year.
  • We will continue to launch cameras in three areas: entry, middle and high end level.
  • A super telephoto lens that reaches 1000mm in FF terms is under development, and it will reach 2000mm with a 2x teleconverter

E-M1X was released in early 2019 to basically be a test run for the new factory.  They also stated that the E-M1X introduced several new features that will be seen in future cameras.

The 12-200 lens was introduced this year and I am expecting a new lens to be announced in mid-October.  Will it be a new kit lens for the upcoming E-M5 Mkiii or something else.

The E-M5 Mkiii, a mid-level camera should be announced in mid-Oct.

The development of a 500mm lens seems to indicate that Olympus is going for the wildlife niche.

So it sounds like Olympus is slowly getting production going at the new factory and we should start seeing a one or two cameras and two or more lenses to be released every year for the next few years.

No real leak on the upcoming E-M5 Mkiii or lenses.  I would expect they will be announced at or just before  the 100th Anniversary celebration which has been announced to be Oct. 12th.    So this release Olympus has been very tight lipped.

Hopefully the big announcements during the 100th year celebration is not going to be a development announcement.  Pentax's big announcement for the Fall of 2019 is rumored to be a development announcement for a new APC-S flagship level camera.

Anyhow I will expect to see more announcements and leaks coming for Olympus leading up to the 100th anniversary celebration on Oct. 12th.

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DLBlack Forum Pro • Posts: 14,005
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drj3 wrote:

I think this is probably the 150-400 f4.5 which is 500mm with the integrated 1.25 TC (f5.6). With the MC-20 it would give 1000mm, but unfortunately at f11.

However, it could be the 500mm f4 for which a patent was published a couple of years ago.

If you go to the actual Olympus announcement and not to the 43 Rumor summary it does appear to be a 500mm prime lens.

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DLBlack wrote:

drj3 wrote:

I think this is probably the 150-400 f4.5 which is 500mm with the integrated 1.25 TC (f5.6). With the MC-20 it would give 1000mm, but unfortunately at f11.

However, it could be the 500mm f4 for which a patent was published a couple of years ago.

If you go to the actual Olympus announcement and not to the 43 Rumor summary it does appear to be a 500mm prime lens.

I'm not sure about that, nothing in the text indicates it's a prime lens and then shortly below that is an image of the 150-400 with a caption saying "Super telephoto zoom lens under development". Seems most likely that they're talking about the 150-400.

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Give us another PL1 !!!
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Albert Valentino wrote:

https://www.43rumors.com/olympus-says-they-are-developing-a-new-500mm-mft-lens/

Shigemi Sugimoto from Olympus...

  • In 2018 we couldn’t launch new products because of the factory relocation
  • The policy is now to announce multiple lenses every year from this year.
  • We will continue to launch cameras in three areas: entry, middle and high end level.
  • A super telephoto lens that reaches 1000mm in FF terms is under development, and it will reach 2000mm with a 2x teleconverter

It can be called something else, like an PL-SX1, but the best looking, best handling, simplest to learn, and perhaps the JPEG king of all the Olympus cameras was the first Pen Lite, the PL1.

It's what I learned on, and still keep around my office and car as an everyday camera.

PL1 Straight from the camera to Windows 10

It would be better to have the next PL1 priced $299 body and kit lens, to sell millions of them.

Once you get hooked on MFT, you'll be back for more.

Olympus needs to repeat the best little computer box that holds MFT lenses they ever made, and upgrade it with new sensor, and processing engine.

It doesn't even need a touch screen, although that would be nice.

Just a simple, basic, cheap  modern  Leica for everybody.

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Skeeterbytes Forum Pro • Posts: 16,490
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If it approaches the 300 Pro in quality and usability a 500 prime would be welcomed by many (you know who you are). The big missing spec is aperture--at that length even f:4.5 requires a very large entry diameter but surely it should be as fast or faster than the coming superzoom with the 1.2x TC deployed.

Oly is very aware of how much sales is driven by birders and wildlife enthusiasts. A 500+E-M1X would make quite a rig.

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DLBlack Forum Pro • Posts: 14,005
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whumber wrote:

DLBlack wrote:

drj3 wrote:

I think this is probably the 150-400 f4.5 which is 500mm with the integrated 1.25 TC (f5.6). With the MC-20 it would give 1000mm, but unfortunately at f11.

However, it could be the 500mm f4 for which a patent was published a couple of years ago.

If you go to the actual Olympus announcement and not to the 43 Rumor summary it does appear to be a 500mm prime lens.

I'm not sure about that, nothing in the text indicates it's a prime lens and then shortly below that is an image of the 150-400 with a caption saying "Super telephoto zoom lens under development". Seems most likely that they're talking about the 150-400.

You could be right but I still think it will be a 500mm prime lens.

I did like how he acknowledged that Olympus knows its strength is in being a small compact camera system and they are developing future products with this in mind.  Also acknowledge how the 7 plus IBIS gives the system an advantage since a tripod is not required.  Then again small/compact means different things to different users.  An E-M1X with a 500mm lens is smaller and more compact than the  D5 with a 1000mm lens and a tripod.

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Mephistopheles* Regular Member • Posts: 313
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DLBlack wrote:

I did like how he acknowledged that Olympus knows its strength is in being a small compact camera system and they are developing future products with this in mind.

Their actions have yet to match their words.  They just produced the largest and heaviest m4/3 camera yet (EM-1X); their last telephoto was the heaviest m4/3 lens ever made (300mm f4--which was also heavier than other 300m f4 lenses from canikon), and they are now set to top that next year with a much heavier lens (150-400mm).  Things are trending in the opposite direction from their asserted strengths.

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DLBlack Forum Pro • Posts: 14,005
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Mephistopheles* wrote:

DLBlack wrote:

I did like how he acknowledged that Olympus knows its strength is in being a small compact camera system and they are developing future products with this in mind.

Their actions have yet to match their words. They just produced the largest and heaviest m4/3 camera yet (EM-1X); their last telephoto was the heaviest m4/3 lens ever made (300mm f4--which was also heavier than other 300m f4 lenses from canikon), and they are now set to top that next year with a much heavier lens (150-400mm). Things are trending in the opposite direction from their asserted strengths.

You edited out the rest of my post to suite your own opinion.

Like I said in my post you half quoted is that size is relative to the user and how they are using the camera. Some think the E-M1X with a 300mm lens and no tripod required due to 7 plus stops if IBIS is smaller than a D5 with a 600mm lens and a tripod.

I do own the E-M1X and it made my kit I carry for landscapes and wildlife smaller.  I now rarely carry a tripod because of the improved IBIS.  Also with Live ND I don't carry my set of ND filters.  So my kit is smaller and lighter when using the E-M1X.

Anyhow, Olympus executives have mention several times over the past few months that small size in an advantage and they are going to develop to to take advantage of the small size. Time will tell if this ends up being true.

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Peter Del Veteran Member • Posts: 5,688
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He also said

The PEN series has been highly acclaimed by women. The point is how to fight in the mature mirrorless market.

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HRC2016 Senior Member • Posts: 4,651
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If the rumor website said the sun rises in the east I'd be skeptical.

Glad to see there's some content besides the pitches for memory cards and open box specials at BH.

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Mephistopheles* Regular Member • Posts: 313
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DLBlack wrote:

Mephistopheles* wrote:

DLBlack wrote:

I did like how he acknowledged that Olympus knows its strength is in being a small compact camera system and they are developing future products with this in mind.

Their actions have yet to match their words. They just produced the largest and heaviest m4/3 camera yet (EM-1X); their last telephoto was the heaviest m4/3 lens ever made (300mm f4--which was also heavier than other 300m f4 lenses from canikon), and they are now set to top that next year with a much heavier lens (150-400mm). Things are trending in the opposite direction from their asserted strengths.

You edited out the rest of my post to suite your own opinion.

Like I said in my post you half quoted is that size is relative to the user and how they are using the camera. Some think the E-M1X with a 300mm lens and no tripod required due to 7 plus stops if IBIS is smaller than a D5 with a 600mm lens and a tripod.

I do own the E-M1X and it made my kit I carry for landscapes and wildlife smaller. I now rarely carry a tripod because of the improved IBIS. Also with Live ND I don't carry my set of ND filters. So my kit is smaller and lighter when using the E-M1X.

Anyhow, Olympus executives have mention several times over the past few months that small size in an advantage and they are going to develop to to take advantage of the small size. Time will tell if this ends up being true.

Relax.  I wasn't actually responding to the substance of your post or attacking your opinion, but just commenting on what the Oly execs were saying, so just quoted what you said they said.  Not trying to be misleading in any way.

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Interesting from a general point of view, but it is hard to think of an occasion when I would actually require such a thing.

I would prefer a 7mm FF equivalent - so 3.5mm in M43 terms, at f1.2.

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The PL1 appealed to everybody
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Peter Del wrote:

He also said

The PEN series has been highly acclaimed by women. The point is how to fight in the mature mirrorless market.

!!!

Peter Del

The PL1 only had a top shutter speed of 1/2000 (twice as fast as a Leica), no touch screen, a 4/3 format LCD, a 12mp sensor, and stabilization "only" good for as much as three stops.   But PL1 lovers know the PL1 delivered dynamite JPEG photographs on the factory default settings, and no Pen Lite since has quite had the same classic look of the original Pen Lite.

Today I took several shots of my office and the street outside using my M5 II and Oly 12-40 Pro, and my PL1 and the Panny 20mm f1.7 pancake.  The M5 II is a more capable camera with a better lens that makes beautiful photographs, but the some of the best shots I had today came from the PL1.

A

This is the PL1 "look" that I just can't quite get from my "better" Olympus cameras

"Oly colors" from a PL1 are reliably great

If Oly were to take the exact, same camera body as the original PL1 and stick updated internals inside (with "PL1 filter" in the picture selection) they'd sell Pen Lites to men, women, boys, girls, and everything in between.

They'd not even have to have a denim model.

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M_digicapt Senior Member • Posts: 2,343
Re: Give us another... E-PM instead...
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Humansvillian wrote:

Albert Valentino wrote:

https://www.43rumors.com/olympus-says-they-are-developing-a-new-500mm-mft-lens/

Shigemi Sugimoto from Olympus...

  • In 2018 we couldn’t launch new products because of the factory relocation
  • The policy is now to announce multiple lenses every year from this year.
  • We will continue to launch cameras in three areas: entry, middle and high end level.
  • A super telephoto lens that reaches 1000mm in FF terms is under development, and it will reach 2000mm with a 2x teleconverter

It can be called something else, like an PL-SX1, but the best looking, best handling, simplest to learn, and perhaps the JPEG king of all the Olympus cameras was the first Pen Lite, the PL1.

It's what I learned on, and still keep around my office and car as an everyday camera.

PL1 Straight from the camera to Windows 10

It would be better to have the next PL1 priced $299 body and kit lens, to sell millions of them.

Once you get hooked on MFT, you'll be back for more.

Olympus needs to repeat the best little computer box that holds MFT lenses they ever made, and upgrade it with new sensor, and processing engine.

It doesn't even need a touch screen, although that would be nice.

Just a simple, basic, cheap modern Leica for everybody.

I vote for an E-PM type body with tilt screen and ez zoom for the same $300. It would work well for vloggers too...

David5833 Senior Member • Posts: 1,141
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Kiwisnap wrote:

Interesting from a general point of view, but it is hard to think of an occasion when I would actually require such a thing.

I would prefer a 7mm FF equivalent - so 3.5mm in M43 terms, at f1.2.

Apples and oranges.  You apparently aren't interested in warblers.

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