Should we call the 150-400mm f/4.5 Pro 'Moby Dick'?

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Danielvr Veteran Member • Posts: 5,555
Should we call the 150-400mm f/4.5 Pro 'Moby Dick'?
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In the Four Thirds days, we had the Big Tuna (300mm f/2.8) and its smaller brother, Little Tuna (150mm f/2.0).

And now we have this incredible 150-400mm f/4.5 telephoto zoom lens, which I guess is both a triumph and a tragedy. A triumph of opto-mechanical ingenuity because no lens of its kind (stabilized, portable, hand-holdable 150-500mm reach with great IQ) has ever been made, and a tragedy because it marks Oly's sad farewell from the photo industry.

So, I was wondering if we should call this lens 'Moby Dick', after the whale in Herman Melville's famous novel. Moby Dick was, after all, the largest whale that lived, just like the 150-400mm is Oly's largest lens. And Moby Dick was white, just like the lens. Finally, Moby Dick was a symbol for the unrelenting pursuit of something unattainable, much like it turned out to be impossible for Oly to establish a viable, mainstream photographic standard even though it gave its all in the pursuit of this dream. Oh, and like the big whale, it will remain out of reach to most of us, too..

There may be more similarities that I haven't thought of. I have considered alternative nicknames, like Moby Zuiko and Oly Dick, but I don't think those would work Any other suggestions?

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Re: Should we call the 150-400mm f/4.5 Pro 'Moby Dick'?
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I've always disliked the Big/Little Tuna nicknames because I wasn't around when they were in common usage, so I had no idea what they meant.  Anybody who spoke of them was speaking in riddles as far as I'm concerned.  The actual name of the lens is a mouthfull but it tells you what you need to know.

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Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 18,791
Or maybe White Elephant?
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Or maybe White Elephant?  Seems like a winning name to me.

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Brian Wadie
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I look forward to calling it "My Lens"

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Petr Bambousek
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It is and always will Gandalf the White, for me

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Brian Wadie
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Petr Bambousek wrote:

It is and always will Gandalf the White, for me

now that I do approve of

(mind you, at the price it is it could be "My Preciousss"  )

So much to learn, so little time left to do it!

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Messier Object Veteran Member • Posts: 9,972
Re: Should we call the 150-400mm f/4.5 Pro 'Moby Dick'?

Danielvr wrote:

In the Four Thirds days, we had the Big Tuna (300mm f/2.8) and its smaller brother, Little Tuna (150mm f/2.0).

And now we have this incredible 150-400mm f/4.5 telephoto zoom lens, which I guess is both a triumph and a tragedy. A triumph of opto-mechanical ingenuity because no lens of its kind (stabilized, portable, hand-holdable 150-500mm reach with great IQ) has ever been made, and a tragedy because it marks Oly's sad farewell from the photo industry.

So, I was wondering if we should call this lens 'Moby Dick', after the whale in Herman Melville's famous novel. Moby Dick was, after all, the largest whale that lived, just like the 150-400mm is Oly's largest lens.

And Moby Dick was white, just like the lens. Finally, Moby Dick was a symbol for the unrelenting pursuit of something unattainable, much like it turned out to be impossible for Oly to establish a viable, mainstream photographic standard even though it gave its all in the pursuit of this dream. Oh, and like the big whale, it will remain out of reach to most of us, too..

There may be more similarities that I haven't thought of. I have considered alternative nicknames, like Moby Zuiko and Oly Dick, but I don't think those would work Any other suggestions?

it’s big but far from the largest Olympus has made, nor does it have the greatest focal length.

It is indeed the largest fish in the Micro Fourthirds bowl though, and while I suspect the Zuiko designers have a romantic or heroic Japanese nickname for it, I doubt it relates to whales or whaling

Peter

Chris DC Regular Member • Posts: 469
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You get my vote!!!

I love my little tuna and aspire to the big tuna someday. The Moby Dick will likely remain the stuff of dreams😀

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Albert Valentino Veteran Member • Posts: 9,023
Titan?
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How about the Titan. The Titans were the fathers of the Olympians, and this lens is the final offspring of Olympus. Great tribute to the heritage, and likely the biggest m43 lens that will ever be made - who could ask for anything more

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mring1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,465
Sorry...
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Meant to say "kinda' depends..." For the birders, it's going to be highly prized, unique and rare. The Great White Whale for sure. For the rest of us, more a White Elephant"...

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Re: Should we call the 150-400 f 4.5 a Classic?

To me this is an amazing lens that while it likely won't sell in bucketloads, will be a classic for many wildlife shooters.  Optically it looks so far great wide open and I would definitely buy this lens with a lottery win.  Unfortunately, sticking with the PL 100-400, but would be a proud owner if possible to acquire it.

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Danielvr wrote:

In the Four Thirds days, we had the Big Tuna (300mm f/2.8) and its smaller brother, Little Tuna (150mm f/2.0).

And now we have this incredible 150-400mm f/4.5 telephoto zoom lens, which I guess is both a triumph and a tragedy. A triumph of opto-mechanical ingenuity because no lens of its kind (stabilized, portable, hand-holdable 150-500mm reach with great IQ) has ever been made, and a tragedy because it marks Oly's sad farewell from the photo industry.

So, I was wondering if we should call this lens 'Moby Dick', after the whale in Herman Melville's famous novel. Moby Dick was, after all, the largest whale that lived, just like the 150-400mm is Oly's largest lens. And Moby Dick was white, just like the lens. Finally, Moby Dick was a symbol for the unrelenting pursuit of something unattainable, much like it turned out to be impossible for Oly to establish a viable, mainstream photographic standard even though it gave its all in the pursuit of this dream. Oh, and like the big whale, it will remain out of reach to most of us, too..

There may be more similarities that I haven't thought of. I have considered alternative nicknames, like Moby Zuiko and Oly Dick, but I don't think those would work Any other suggestions?

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Skeeterbytes Forum Pro • Posts: 18,975
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I'll call it Moby or even "Yes dear" should I ever receive royal permission for a purchase. Just promise me I won't have the same fate as poor Ahab. "Done in by a lens" would be poor form on a tombstone.

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Re: Titan?
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-Here, Here, I second the motion.  Perfect ending for Mt Olympus and the Olympian gods.

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Re: is it the last one ?

Danielvr wrote:

I and a tragedy because it marks Oly's sad farewell from the photo industry.

Does it now ? I thought there was at least ONE more lens coming from Olympus with a 8/25mm zoom ... am I missing something here ?

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Re: is it the last one ?

and a tragedy because it marks Oly's sad farewell from the photo industry.

Does it now ? I thought there was at least ONE more lens coming from Olympus with a 8/25mm zoom ... am I missing something here ?

There's still a roadmap, but even if JIP does still produce those lenses, and does so under the Olympus brand name (which isn't certain), it will most likely be after Olympus itself has essentialy left the camera business (on January 2, 2021 it will transfer 95% of the business, including R&D and manufacturing, to JIP).

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OP Danielvr Veteran Member • Posts: 5,555
the Great White
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The Great White Whale for sure.

Or just Great White? If it's bitingly sharp, it may earn that name!

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Albert Valentino Veteran Member • Posts: 9,023
Re: is it the last one ?
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Danielvr wrote:

and a tragedy because it marks Oly's sad farewell from the photo industry.

Does it now ? I thought there was at least ONE more lens coming from Olympus with a 8/25mm zoom ... am I missing something here ?

There's still a roadmap, but even if JIP does still produce those lenses, and does so under the Olympus brand name (which isn't certain), it will most likely be after Olympus itself has essentialy left the camera business (on January 2, 2021 it will transfer 95% of the business, including R&D and manufacturing, to JIP).

JIP bought the Zuiko lens division and the binocular group - so they have a vested interest in glass. I can see possibility of Zuiko getting into the lens business the way Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina has. They know how to make great glass and that could be the cash cow in the future. The 150-400 could be a great way to showcase their expertise. Also, as I recall, it all began by Olympus making a lens, then designing their first camera around it.

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Albert Valentino Veteran Member • Posts: 9,023
Re: Titan?

Jvlahakis wrote:

-Here, Here, I second the motion. Perfect ending for Mt Olympus and the Olympian gods.

Glad someone understood symbolism in this modern day Greek, I mean, Olympian, tragedy

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