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Is this the lens that will save Olympus?

f8orbust

Member
I don't know if the lens will save them, but the 'bird detection' autofocus feature in the firmware update sounds like a neat feature for wildlife photographers (if it works as claimed).
 
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bensonga

Well-known member
Is there any other company that makes a comparable (~100-400mm) constant aperture (f4-f5) pro quality build zoom lens?

IMHO, Olympus deserves a lot of credit for designing, manufacturing and bringing this lens to market, especially under the circumstances which the company and the industry/world at large face now.

I would not hesitate to buy this lens for my Olympus kit if I truly had a need for it. In the meantime, I’ll have to make do with the new Oly 100-400 which I ordered two days ago.

Gary
 
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ptomsu

Workshop Member
Is there any other company that makes a comparable (~100-400mm) constant aperture (f4-f5) pro quality build zoom lens?

IMHO, Olympus deserves a lot of credit for designing, manufacturing and bringing this lens to market, especially under the circumstances which the company and the industry/world at large face now.

I would not hesitate to buy this lens for my Olympus kit if I truly had a need for it. In the meantime, I’ll have to make do with the new Oly 100-400 which I ordered two days ago.

Gary
This lens makes me think to get an EM1X (for the much lower price it is sold now) and the 150-400 then later next year.

This is a spectacular lens and I think only Olympus can design such a beast. It shows so much dedication, pride, knowledge, vision and love that I have not seen from another company. As I said I really applaud Olympus for doing this.

I do hope that they get a newer camera body with especially an updated new sensor and also an updated new EVF asap, to do justice to such a perfect lens.

WRT needing it - what do you really need? Why not buy this thing and just be happy to shoot around with it. I have photographed this weekend especially with my 40-150 PRO and my 300 PRO and I must say if I had this lens instead of the 300 PRO I think I would be very happy and much more flexible. Or combine it with the excellent 4/12-100 and you get a pretty 👌 zoom range fro 24 to 100 mm FF equivalent with stunning IQ and lightweight - not bad either.
 

bensonga

Well-known member
I would buy this lens if I expected to put it to regular use and didn't already have some expensive Leica SL lenses on my "wish list". It would certainly be a great fit for my E-M1X. That said, I have the Olympus 300/4 Pro and have rarely used it. I also have the Panasonic Leica 100-400 and have also rarely used it. So you see, as much as I like to have these super-tele lenses available when/if I want to use them, the reality is that I rarely do. For that reason alone....the Olympus 100-400 is a better choice for ME than the 150-400.

On the other hand, the focal lengths I use most often are in the 50 to 135mm range, so I have quite a few lenses in those focal lengths for all my systems which get used frequently (when I'm actually out shooting). A Leica SL 50, 75 or 90mm Summicron is on my wish list to use with my SL, S1 and S1R. Not sure that I will EVER convince myself to spend what it takes to get one of these SL primes, but it will almost certainly be before I spent even more for the outstanding Olympus 150-400 lens, as worthy as that lens certainly is.

Gary
 
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