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    Default Re: 70-300 announced today

    More announcements to follow? (Pleasepleaseplease)

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    Default Re: 70-300 announced today

    And MSRP in europe: 449 euros. I'd say that amounts to 399 in shops.

    Unfortunately no other announcements, but who knows what follows next :-)
    (probably the new lenses first, then the big one )

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    Default Re: 70-300 announced today

    Quote Originally Posted by marcof View Post
    And MSRP in europe: 449 euros. I'd say that amounts to 399 in shops.

    Unfortunately no other announcements, but who knows what follows next :-)
    (probably the new lenses first, then the big one )
    I have no facts, but my suspicion is the 12-60 will be introduced along with the E-3/P-1. as the "kit" lens.

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    I'd really like to see the US price for this. I'm estimating 499$ max, considering the horribly skewed exchange rate that's usually applied for Europe. That would be a very nice lens that could make me give up the Bigma and shave at least 4 pounds of my backpack weight.


    Now where's that 8-16 mm. That's the one I really want to see!

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    I'm eager for this lens to become available. It will definitely fill out my lens package for the E-510.
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    Default Re: 70-300 announced today

    I already download the sample.You can get the sample off Olympus Japan website.

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    Default Re: 70-300 announced today

    Quote Originally Posted by refiningman View Post
    Available late October


    According to DCWatch, the recommended price in Japan will be ¥49,875, which at Yodobashi's standard discount of 20% + 10% points-back, the Japanese street price should be the equivalent of only about US $290.00, making it one of Oly's least expensive lenses, even with three ED elements.

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    Default Re: 70-300 announced today

    It's the same lense that the Sigma APO 70-300 (which is non available with 4/3rds mount).
    It uses the same optical scheme, the same three ED glasses, they also share the same min focus distance (95cm).
    So: they're the same... another 18-180
    I'm not very happy 'bout it!

    Optical scheme detail:

    UP: ZD ED 70-300
    DOWN: Sigma APO 70-300




    Here the lense mounted on a E-510:


    Very clever the switch who permit to set the AF distance, as seen on bigger Zuiko Top Pro lenses.

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    Default Re: 70-300 announced today

    Quote Originally Posted by Matalyn View Post
    It's the same lense that the Sigma APO 70-300 (which is non available with 4/3rds mount).
    It uses the same optical scheme, the same three ED glasses, they also share the same min focus distance (95cm).
    So: they're the same... another 18-180
    I'm not very happy 'bout it!
    I agree in the sense that that price doesn't seem like enough for a good lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hokuto View Post
    I agree in the sense that that price doesn't seem like enough for a good lens.
    You could make the same statement about the 40-150.
    Best wishes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matalyn View Post
    It's the same lense that the Sigma APO 70-300 (which is non available with 4/3rds mount).
    It uses the same optical scheme, the same three ED glasses, they also share the same min focus distance (95cm).
    So: they're the same... another 18-180
    I'm not very happy 'bout it!
    actually, they're not 100% identical.
    So is the closest focus distance of the ZD shorter and the MTF looks a lot more promising.

    ...
    Very clever the switch who permit to set the AF distance, as seen on bigger Zuiko Top Pro lenses.
    unfortunately, for some weird reason this is the case:
    - AF min distance = 1.2m
    - MF min distance = 0.96m
    that's what the switch and specs say.

    I do wonder why AF won't focus as close as 0.96m...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcof View Post
    actually, they're not 100% identical.
    So is the closest focus distance of the ZD shorter and the MTF looks a lot more promising.
    [...]
    I do wonder why AF won't focus as close as 0.96m...
    Because they're both macro lenses and the little switch sets the closest focusing distance in macro mode..

    I think MTF diagrams are diffferents because sigma is on a fullframe and zuiko is on a 4/3rds. Sigma is a DG lense: designed for fullframe cameras..
    If you read both the diagrams only @ 11mm they're the same.

    Sigma 70-300 APO



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    Quote Originally Posted by refiningman View Post
    I think for a lot of people, it will make a nice lens. However, I suspect it isn't for me, because I already have the 50-200mm and EC-14, and this lens mostly duplicates that range. I might have considered it if it was small and light like the E-510 kit lenses for a travel lens, but at 620g (1.3 pounds), and 127mm (5") long, it isn't that small or light weight. It does take a 58mm filter. The Sigma 135-400mm is another option for this type of range (assuming you have the 40-150mm lens).

    One other thing that I noticed. On the Olympus page, it says it is compatible with the EC-20 with manual focus. Given most/all 2x converters lose 2 full f/stops, that would make the lens the equivalent of f/8-11 140-600mm. I wonder whether the new cameras can even meter with a lens at f/11, and whether the diffraction limit will start to be a factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matalyn View Post
    I think MTF diagrams are diffferents because sigma is on a fullframe and zuiko is on a 4/3rds. Sigma is a DG lense: designed for fullframe cameras..
    If you read both the diagrams only @ 11mm they're the same.
    The MTF charts are not the same, even given your idea to just "read both the diagrams only @ 11mm". You compare a chart by reading the end value. If you look at both at 0mm, they are the same too, or pretty darn close.

    The charts are different.

    Doesn't mean that Olympus isn't having Sigma make the lenses however. Sigma makes lenses for others, and they are pretty close to the same "specs" and MTF charts. Doesn't mean they stink, just because Sigma makes them. Sigma makes some good lenses. Make some junkie ones too. So does Olympus...and Canon...and Nikon...etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Meissner View Post
    I wonder whether the new cameras can even meter with a lens at f/11, and whether the diffraction limit will start to be a factor.

    good point. I have noticed some weird metering effects with OM lenses where exposure is inconsistent across aperture ranges.
    Thank you Oly, it's been a good 5-year run!

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    Default Re: 70-300 announced today

    Hi Michael,

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Meissner View Post
    I wonder whether the new cameras can even meter with a lens at f/11, and whether the diffraction limit will start to be a factor.

    my old E-1 meters fine at least down to f/16 so I'm sure the new E-510 will do that as well.

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    Default Re: 70-300 announced today

    I have serious doubts if it will auto focus with the 2x teleconverter, and at f11 slow for most purposes. So We will see won't be all that useful with the teleconverter on it. But really for what it is, if its sharp it would be a nice small super telephoto lens in a bag.

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    Default Re: 70-300 announced today

    I think it's going to be interesting to see some images from this lens. It it produces good sharp images across its range and the price is good then I don't think many people will really care if it's similar to a Sigma or not.

    And I know it's been said before, but I find the discussion on this site refreshing: I've been reading the discussion about this lens over on the other site and shaking my head is disbelief at the whailing and whinning across several threads. Nuff said.

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