Olympus has revealed two new lenses today, both for the Micro Four Thirds format. One is a 40-150mm Æ’4.0-5.6 which will sell for just â‚¬330 when it is launched in October. This has a silent AF-motor for movie-shooting but is otherwise rather pedestrian thanks to those mediocre maximum apertures.
The other lens is way more interesting. It too has rather poor light-gathering abilities when wide-open (Æ’4.8-6.7), but that is excusable as it runs from 75-300mm. In 35mm terms, that’s a 150-600mm monster. Still not impressed? The lens weighs just 430-grams (15-ounces) and is only 116mm (4.6-inches) long.
For comparison, look at some SLR lenses. Nikon’s longest reaching zoom is the 200-400mm Æ’4, which weighs 3360-grams or a wrist-breaking 7.4-pounds and measures 365mm or 14.4-inches. That, though, is still short of the Olympus’ 600mm far-end. To get to that number, you need to choose a prime lens from Nikon.
The Nikkor 600mm Æ’4 weighs five kilos (11-pounds) and is a John Holmesian 166mm (17.5-inches) in length. To put that in perspective, the diameter of the Nikon is almost four times the length of the Olympus. Also, the Nikon will cost you $10,300.
This astonishing difference is due only to the lack of a mirror in the Micro Four Thirds cameras, and the smaller sensor (half the size of a 35mm-frame and around two-thirds the size of a typical DSLR). These lenses would have been possible on Leica rangefinders, too, but were impractical as there was no way to see through the lens and frame your shot. Digital live-view has changed that.
The 75-300mm Olympus will cost just â‚¬900 ($1,140, but certainly less when sold in the US) and will be in stores in December.
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