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    Panasonic's 2010 lens roadmap

    http://www.photographyblog.com/news/...thirds_lenses/

    100-300mm f/4-5.6 OIS
    8mm f/3.5 fisheye
    14mm f2.8

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    Re: Panasonic's 2010 lens roadmap

    nice, thanks for posting that

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    14mm f2.8! That's awesome! Hopefuly a pancake.
    I wonder when will they come out with a fast zoom.

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    All nice, if they only became better with their forecasting and supply chain management. Thought Japanese companies are reasonably good at that, Pana seems to be the exception, though.

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    That 100-300 is a very nice addition! I will certainly buy it if it is good.
    I hope faster zooms such as ~14-35 f/2 or ~50-200 f/2.8 will eventually come.

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    " I wonder when will they come out with a fast zoom. "

    Is a fast zoom e.g 50-200 f/2.8 feasible within the size constraints of M4/3rds ?

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    Re: Panasonic's 2010 lens roadmap

    Quote Originally Posted by tripper View Post
    Is a fast zoom e.g 50-200 f/2.8 feasible within the size constraints of M4/3rds ?
    As the sensor sizes of 4/3 and m4/3 are the same, I'm not sure a good m4/3 lens in this range would be TOO much smaller than the existing Olympus 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 for 4/3. That lens is 157 x 86mm, 995g.

    Compare that to the existing Panasonic 45-200 f/4-5.6 for m4/3: 100 x 70mm, 390g. I own the 45-200 and, frankly, I don't think I'd want to put too much more weight/size up front on a m4/3 body, especially handheld. If I remember correctly, 700g was the upper limit recommended for the Panasonic G1, without using a tripod collar.

    This kind of size difference between an f/4-5.6 and f/2.8 lens of equivalent range is not unusual. For example:

    Canon EF 70-200 f/4 IS: 172 x 76mm, 760g
    Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS: 197 x 86mm, 1590g

    OTOH, a slightly reduced range and m4/3-specific design might yield a good compromise. Consider the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 (140 x 76mm, 780g), revamped for m4/3.
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    If only it was a 14/1.8!!

    The 8 should be sweet.

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    That's starting to look like a fairly persuasive roadmap.

    In my view, the main missing piece now is a longer, wide-aperture lens for portraiture, indoor sports/theater, etc.

    A 50/1.7 plus the 20/1.7 would be a nice two-lens outfit. And if they could wiggle Mega OIS into the 50, that would be nicer yet. (I'm willing to get by without IS on a 20mm lens, but it could be useful on a longer one.)

    Or maybe Olympus could root around in the blueprint drawer and dust off the design of the Pen F's 60mm f/1.5...

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    Re: Panasonic's 2010 lens roadmap

    John,

    Quote Originally Posted by JBurnett View Post
    If I remember correctly, 700g was the upper limit recommended for the Panasonic G1, without using a tripod collar.
    I wonder where this information comes from. I heard 1000g (from a pre-release of the G1 manual that was only available for download) but have not seen any official statement since.

    This is quite important when using 3rd party tele or macro lenses (or even the 9.8mm Kinoptik weighing 1400g)
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    Re: Panasonic's 2010 lens roadmap

    Quote Originally Posted by petermcwerner View Post
    I heard 1000g (from a pre-release of the G1 manual that was only available for download) but have not seen any official statement since.
    Please don't trust MY memory of the limitation (after all, memory IS my limitation -- or, at least one of them).

    I agree it would be best to have an official specification; I don't expect that the pre-release figure of 1000g would have changed. Do you still have that document?
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