(UPDATED) Three new MFT primes from Sigma! First Micro Four Thirds zoom from Tamron!

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Tamron just announced a new Micro Four Thirds lens. it is the 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III VC zoom. But sadly they didn’t unveil neither the release date nor the price. Source: DC.watch and Photoscala. Specs are here via Tamron website:

Focal length 14-150mm (equivalent to 28-300mm in the 35mm/full-frame format)
Maximum aperture F/3.5-5.8
Lens construction 17 elements in 13 groups
Minimum focus distance 0.5m (19.7 in.)
Maximum magnification ratio 1:3.8 (at f=150mm: MFD 0.5m)
Filter size φ52mm
Length*1 80.4mm (3.2 in.)
Entire Length*2 85.24mm (3.4 in.)
Diameter φ63mm
Weight 280g (9.9 oz.)
No. of diaphragm blades 7 (Circular diaphragm)
Minimum aperture F/22
Standard accessory Flower-shaped lens hood
Compatible mount Micro Four Thirds

But the even bigger news comes from Sigma. They just announced the new 60mm f/2.8 prime lens for Micro Four Thirds! And there is also a new updated version of the current 19mm and 30mm f/2.8 primes! Here are the images (Click on them to see large size) and full press release:

YOKOHAMA, Japan Jan. 29, 2013Sigma Corporation of America a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the release of four new lenses for the ART product line, including three lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and one lens for DSLR cameras with APS-C size sensors. This announcement comes at the start of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2013 this week in Yokohama, Japan.

The new and updated Sigma lenses include the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, which will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts, and the 30mm F2.8 DN, 19mm F2.8 DN and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses, which are available for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount camera systems. Pricing and availability on all of these lenses has yet to be announced.

The 60mm F2.8 DN lens is entirely new to the Sigma lineup, while the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM and the 30mm F2.8 DN and 19mm F2.8 DN lenses are existing focal lengths that have been redesigned with enhanced optical performance and included as part of Sigma’s new Global Visioncategory restructuring. All three DN lenses incorporate telecentric optical designs and a linear, auto focusing motor that ensures accurate and quiet focusing for video recording. They also boast metal exteriors and a simply shaped focus ring, with varying textures to distinguish each part of the lens. In addition, DN users can choose between a black or silver finish to match their favorite equipment.

“We’re really proud of the super sharp lenses we’ve produced in the past year and these new Art lenses will continue to impress our fans and critics alike. They’re ideal for the landscape, portrait, still-life, close-up and casual photographer who values creative, dramatic outcomes above compactness and multifunction,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The lenses are entirely made in Japan and they boast the new product line’s sleek design and enhanced quality control. We’re quite proud of these changes – and additions – to our lens lineup; they’re further evidence of Sigma’s forethought in this fast-moving industry.”Here are more details on these new lenses from Sigma:

  • 60mm F2.8 DN – Featuring the natural perspective of mid-range telephoto lenses, together with a shallow depth of field, this lens allows the photographer to capture a single part of a subject with great bokeh effects. It has an angle of view equivalent to 120mm on the Micro Four Thirds system and 90mm on the E-mount system (35mm equivalent focal length). The minimum focusing distance is 19.7 inches; the maximum magnification is 1:7.2. This lens also contains Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass, which helps minimize axial and transverse chromatic aberration.
  • Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN – This high-performance, wide-angle telephoto lens has an angle of view equivalent to 38mm on the Micro Four Thirds system and 28.5mm on the E-mount system (35mm equivalent focal length). As a wide-angle lens with excellent mobility, it is ideal for studio photography, architecture and starry skies. Its minimum focusing distance is 7.9 inches and its maximum magnification is 1:7.4.
  • Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN – This high-performance, standard telephoto lens has an angle of view equivalent to 60mm on the Micro Four Thirds system and 45mm on the E-mount system (35mm equivalent focal length). This lens, which is perfect for casual and formal portraiture, documentary photography, travelogues and everyday shooting, includes a double-sided aspherical lens that enhances its optical performance. Its minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches and its maximum magnification is 1:8.1.

For information about Sigma Corporation of America, visit www.sigmaphoto.com. For the full press releases for each of these new lenses, visit Sigma’s news section at www.sigmaphoto.com/sigma-news.

Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 60 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds, Sony E (NEX)
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Focus
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micromotor
Full time manual Unknown
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Physical
Sealing No
Hood supplied No
Tripod collar No

 

via Dpreview.

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  • wow

    shut up and take my cash

    • Anonymous

      I wish there was a 30mm F1.4 m4/3s version. Atleast they didn’t announce another 14-42mm lens.

      • J Shin

        I agree. That’s the one lens that should have come out for m43.

        • J Shin

          AND for NEX.

  • Admin, the Tamron zoom is a NATIVE M43 lens at this time, isn’t it?

    • Bizzarrini

      Actually, that Tamron zoom looks quite good! If the image quality is halfway decent, it might be a very nice compact and light zoom option with VR…

    • Parci

      With a focal length of 14-150 mm, take a wild guess… ;)

      • lorenzino

        well, a superzoom starting at 21mm equivalent (on apsc format) would be a bomb on the market ;)

        • Nope

          The Tamron is a m4/3 lens, what are you talking about? I think you are confusing it with the Sigmas, those are the ones the will be e-mount too.

    • Of course it’s native – just look at the focal range.

      It is also much smaller than their equivalent super zoom for NEX.

  • neon123

    Why would they be announcing a new 4/3 lens in 2013?

  • Sqweezy

    Holy cow! Sigma is getting serious about mirror less!
    Great job with the rumor news, administration!

  • Andy

    I think you’re right — they would make it for e-mount if they made it for m4/3, most likely.

    • Steve

      You have it the wrong way around. They will make it for m43 when they make it for e-mount.

  • That 60mm is sure interesting, but maybee a bit to close in focal length to my 45…

    • Anonymous

      that Sigma 60mm F2.8, have to compete with the Olympus macro 60mm F2.8,.as well as the Upcoming schneider kreuznach,.also macro 60mm

      • Ant

        The Schneider wont be that hard to compete with in the price side

      • Pellevin

        Yes the Olympus 60 f2.8 is a no brainer in this category. Great lens for decent price and macro makes it much more versatile.

        I like Sigma lenses and have had some good ones with my Nikon system but f2.8 is just too slow for a regular primelens, especially on MFT. These three are not interesting in my opinion.

        • Sigma is probably on the budget side. Not that the Olympus is exactly expensive.
          Also, the weather sealing and 1:1 barrel makes the olympus necessarily bigger.

          For anyone on a tight budget and/or not placing much value on macro and weather sealing, its worth consideration I’d say.

          • Eureka

            Yeah, the Sigma 60mm is going to have to be stupidly cheap to compete with the Olympus 60mm macro on price, given you are losing the macro capability.

  • Balthier Bunansa
    • Bizzarrini
      • admin

        Thanks a lot! Added the link now :)

      • Miroslav

        :)

        It’s nearly identical to M.Zuiko 14-150mm in size and weight, although aperture and the number of lens elements are different. It may as well be a reworked Oly with IS.

        • Llamaman

          If it’s cheaper than the Olympus, it might still appeal to Oly users. But it’s Panny users who will love this – the Panny superzoom is very large and heavy for m4/3 bodies – if Tamron have managed to squeeze IS into a lens the same size and weight as the Oly then Kudos to them.

          • The Tamron has OIS. Tamrons’s moniker is “VC” for Vibration Compensation.

        • The english version from Tamron in Japan is very confusing. Hard to know if the lens extends 5mm or 85mm when zoomed?:
          Length*1 80.4mm (3.2 in.)
          Entire Length*2 85.24mm (3.4 in.)
          *1 Length is the distance between the mount face and the tip of the lens.
          *2 Entire length is the distance between the tip of the lens and the tip of the protrusion.

          If it only extends 5mm, then it’s hugely different to the Olly 14-150 and Panny 14-140. If it extends 85mm….not so much! Guess we’ll need to wait until release.

          • The 5mm difference refers to the proximal end of the lens which protrudes into the camera body.

            • Aaah! Thanks…..
              So it probably extends when zoomed like the Olly and Panny versions. About double the collapsed length.

              • It will definitely extend a lot. I know its bigger brother, the super zoom for NEX, which extends A LOT!!!

  • pete

    Same old thing, but more ugly then before. Great job LOL!
    Maybe the 60mm fills a hole in the MFT world but i love my 45mm.

    • MarcoSartoriPhoto

      What about Zuiko60mm macro?

    • Ross

      I love my Oly 60mm macro lens that’s also splash proof. OK, it is longer, but I won’t be needing that Sigma lens as well.

  • Miroslav

    Kudos for Tamron – a native m4/3 lens! That’s another Sony support for m4/3 :). The zoom looks smaller than Oly’s 14-150, although they should have made it a bit longer at the tele end, even at the expense of the wide end…

    As for Sigma – that 30mm F1.4 is a 4/3 lens (!) and the other ones are NEX ports. 60mm F2.8 could be okay-ish if priced lower than Olympus’s 60mm.

    Still not too exciting, but better news than from Pana and Oly :). Now, let’s see the price and image quality of that Tamron…

    • I disagree with longer at the expense of the short end.
      I have the oly 14-150 and I think Tamron should have gone 2/10-100. Then picked up a longer range with another lens.
      I would buy a 10-100 but having a 14-150 no not for me at present.

      • Miroslav

        I have Olympus 14-150mm as well and I’m missing the reach beyond 150 mm from time to time… I’m more of a wide angle shooter and will buy a separate wider lens sometime, bud I’d like to have at least 400mm equivalent at the tele end in my travel lens. Different needs than yours, I guess :).

  • We are beginning to see a lot of redundancy in the m4/3 lens lineup: three superzooms, three fastish 60’s (two of them are macros), four normal-wides and even two 30’s (WTF?). What about some innovation?

    • Llamaman

      A number of reasons for this;

      1. There is a proven market for lenses that already exist. Building something more niche/exotic is a risk.
      2. Tamron have experience of making superzooms from their DSRL range.

      And the 14-150 actually is quite innovative – they’ve managed to squeeze IS into a lens the same size and weight (perhaps even a little lighter if the specs I’ve seen are right) as the unstabilised Olympus lens. for a system where size and weight are major draws, this is a significant achievement.

      If the Tamron can deliver adequate IQ, this makes the Panasonic superzoom seem completely redundant.

    • Miroslav

      And three 25s and two 45s… That’s the sign of the maturity of the system – there must be around 60 native lenses for m4/3. Including 10 kit zoom versions :).

      As for superzooms, they’re quite different, so I think there’s space for all three. It’s a pity Tamron did not do more to differentiate theirs.

    • > What about some innovation?

      Innovations happen in the areas which you apparently ignore. They are:
      1. Price.
      2. Size/Weight.
      3. IQ

      • Esa Tuunanen

        > 2. Size/Weight.
        > 3. IQ

        Laws of optics haven’t changed any and progress in lens materials is very slow or really only occasional rare small step forward.
        So it’s doubtfull that Tamron is optically above usual ultrazoom level.

        Very few travel/ultra zooms have performance approaching anything decently good across the zoom range because most of them are simply optically way undersized.

        • Garypen

          There are already a few that are “decently” good. There are none that are great.

  • Dunne

    The Tamron is with image stabilization even lighter (280g) than the Oly 14-150 (290g) and of course much lighter than the pany 14-140 (470g)

  • Joey G

    This is good news for E-mount users, not so much for M4/3. To make the Tamron attractive it should be constant aperture and stabilized. The Sigmas don’t really standout, unless they are really sharp, low distortion and vignetting. Where’s Cosina Voigtlander? Nothing new from them in quite a while.

  • fan_guo_lai_xiang_xiang

    Welcome to m43, Tamron! Very good news I think. I am excited to see how it performs.

  • HB

    For me 2.8 is still a bit too slow Sigma….

  • ethoxy

    where is the weather sealing???

    and the 60 f2.8 is a bit close to the 60 f2.8 macro ;-) (which is weather sealed)

  • Dannecus

    Sigma – look pretty and we should be grateful that Sigma are taking M43 seriously, but why only F2.8? Given we have the Oly 45 F1.8 and 17 F1.8, and Panny 20 F1.7 and 25 F1.4 why would I have any interest in something that only goes out to F2.8? They have chosen some interesting focal lengths, but given the issue of DOF we face due to the smaller sensor, to get noticed in this market they are going to have to provide wider apertures than F2.8. If I read the announcement right the most interesting lens (30mm F1.4) isn’t going to be available for M43. Missed opportunity in my view.

    The Tamron is very good news though, a native M43 from Tamron at last. I have the Oly 14-150 and it is a very useful lens. OK so quality isn’t up to a prime, but as a one lens carry around solution for a day out it has all the bases covered. The Tamron looks to beat it on weight and has the OIS for Panny shooters, so should be a success for them.

    • I agree with Dannecus. I want something faster then 2.8. I am also happy that they are making lenses for the MFT system but I am hoping for a quicker lens. The 30mm 1.4 was an awesome alternative when I had APS-C over the Nikon/Canon counterparts. I am hoping for a 60mm 1.4/1.8.

    • Sqweezy

      The only explanation can be the price factor. These Sigma lenses should be significantly cheaper than its competitors. If the Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro is listed at $500, I’d expect the Sigma to be at least half that. A $199-$249 60mm f2.8 may create enough takers to make it justifiable. At least bokeh is more prominent at longer focal lengths for this lens’s relatively slower speed.

  • TheArcane

    Tamron – The people want 14-40 F2.8! If they make one as good as their APS-C 17-50, I will be all over it in a heartbeat.

    • Hans Rotmo

      Lay down! Tha people want a 12-150 2.8-5.6 weathersealed : )

      • peevee

        Second that!

      • Try 2/10-100

  • Salty

    Sigma are on a roll at the moment, though as an owner of the 20mm 1.7 and 45mm 1.8 all three of these lenses don’t offer a great deal.

    Come on sigma, please please please can we have some telephoto primes!

  • Where is the manual focus ring on the sigma lenses?

    • Miroslav

      “Where is the manual focus ring on the sigma lenses?”

      If they’re following the latest trends, it’s touch sensitive :D.

  • Andrew

    They should’ve come out swinging with their 17-50mm f/2.8 zooms… One company could’ve made a relatively cheap one without IS for Olympus users, and the other company could’ve released one with IS for video plus silent AF for Panasonic video users.

    • Miroslav

      Put their 17-50mm F2.8 on the Speed Booster and you’ve got 12-35.5mm F2 for less than 1000 USD, smaller and lighter than Oly’s 14-35mm F2.

      • Salty

        Not a bad idea, manual focus rings are often a bit of an after
        thought on these cheap zoom lenses, that would be my concern.

        • Miroslav

          The Speed Booster supports AF. I guess the auto focus on those lenses should be as slow as on 14-35mm. At least until someone puts PDAF on sensor.

      • speed booster needs a FF lens for its larger imaging circle. it won’t work for m43 lenses unfortunately

        • Miroslav

          There’ll be a dedicated m4/3 0.71x Speed Booster, which will work with APS-C lenses as well. Read the SB white paper.

          • that’s true. however andrew was talking about wanting an f2.8 m43 lens, and the speed booster can’t take a m43 lens.

  • Johnny Unitas

    Any word on the pricing of those Sigma lenses (or did I miss it)?

  • nobody

    I wish Tamron would rather make a m4/3 version of their excellent 17-50mm f2.8 for APS-C sensors.

  • Hard2Xplain

    Oh dear, Sigma, where the hell is your 50 f2.8?? (the one from DP3) I’m been waiting for a budget macro (though not a 1:1) for a while now.

  • Bobafett

    Strange! Yesterday, I was asking myself when oly or pany are going to release an updated 14-150! Today we got this answer from Sigma. That’s definitely a great move from Sigma.
    At the same time it’s very disappointing how oly forgets its loyal customers: when’s the next firmware update for e-m5 with better video specs and/or focuspeaking (or somethin’ similar)and where are the fast zooms with constant aperture with/-out weathersealing?

    C’mon Oly you can better do than that!

  • OMDowner

    Tamron – very good job, if the IQ will be good, and price lower then Olympus 14-150…

    Sigma – price should be very low. Your 60mm f/2.8 is not a macro lens, competition between 17-75mm is very strong in micro43 (17/1.8, 17/2.8, 17,5/0.95, 19/2.8, 20/1.7, 25/1.4, 25/0.95, 30/2.8, 45/1.8, 45/2.8 macro, 60/2.8 macro, 60/2.8 macro, 75/1.8). Only low price can justify primes f/2.8 (not macro).

  • sweln

    Well, I’m happy that more stuff for m4/3 is coming, but I’m disapointed by the lenses presented.

    I managed to get the good lenses for m4/3 :
    12mm 2.0 / 20mm 1.7 / 45mm 1.8 / 60mm 2.8 Macro / 75mm 1.8.

    Really, what is missing here?
    a FAST very wide angle lens, like a 6mm 2.8,
    a FAST moderate telephoto lens, like a 150mm 2.8 (Panasonic, any news?)
    a FAST long telephoto lens, like a 250mm 2.8 or a 300mm 3.5

    OR the 2 wonderfull zooms they already made for 4/3 in m4/3 :
    the incredible 50-200mm 2.8-3.5
    the sweet 14-54mm 2.8-3.5

    • MarcoSartoriPhoto

      A rectilinear wide angle f2.8 is in my wishlist too. 9mm could be enough, 6mm? Wow, a dream.

    • Bob B.

      I agree with everything that sweln has to say (except, like Marco says: 6mm is too wide and also not going to happen…7mm is certainly a doable prime).
      Although these offerings from 3rd party manufacturers broaden the pot they certainly do not take it up a notch..which is what I like to see. Converted 3rd-party APS-C lenses and another slow 2nd tier zoom are just unwanted calories for me.
      ….but they are welcome by many…so it’s all good for the system’s momentum in the market.

  • JF

    I’d like to see a 8 mm f2.8 native m43 lens from sigma…

  • daymon

    Again, nothing really interesting except the fact that tamron joined the m43 community. I would be OK with a f2.8 prime if it was 150mm.
    What I’d like to see right now is MFT version of Oly 12-60 f2.8-4 but not sure we’ll see this one day..

  • An observation on the Sigma 60: it’s quite short for its focal length and minimalistic. Rather unobtrusive on an OM-D or GX1. It could make an excellent choice for candid street portraits and such.

    • ssgreenley

      It’s hard to say as the three lenses aren’t to scale; look at the size of the mount. It still might be smallish, but not like it looks up top.

  • hsalonen

    Meh.. still no native m4/3 glass from Sigma. This is larger-than-it-needs-to-be Sony E mount stuff.

    I am thinking about buying the old ones, while they are still cheap.

    If I wanted this size, I would have gotten a Sony instead..

  • I would like

    Tamron, slow 14-150 can be OK, if price will be low.
    But, please make:
    – 90mm f/2.8 macro (in FF systems are 180/3.5 macro)
    – 14-35mm f/2.8 (like 24-75/2.8 for FF)
    – 50-250mm f/5.6
    – 8-14mm f/3.5-4.5

    • Eureka

      A 90mm f/2.8 macro lens would definitely make me slow down on my next planned purchase, the Olympus 60mm macro. I’m sure I will be happy with the Olympus as its right in the range I’m used to macro (100mm on 135 or APS format bodies) but in my experience, I can never get too much focal length from a macro.

      I’d still be stuck figuring out if I should also pick up a 75mm f/1.8 with that lens, unfortunately. I’ll see how much I can get from selling off old gear, it may get promoted from wish to purchase, but not until I have both the macro and a 12mm f/2 covered off.

  • Still waiting for 12-50 (sharper and faster then the existing one), 50-200 and 200-400… ;-)

  • Yun

    Great news from admin again .
    The only lens catching my eyes is the sigma 60 2.8 , but like some one mentioned , why is 2.8 ?
    Such focal length should come to 2.0 if 1.8 is not possible .

  • Beautemps

    Boaring Sigma Stuff… these Lenses are designed for APS-C and still slow 2.8. Is ther OIS? No..
    Why shouldn’t we buy the “ART-Line” instead of the 99,- older Versions of this slow 19mm and 30mm lenses?
    Why prefer a 60mm 2.8 instead of a Oly or Schneider-Kreuznach Macro?

    Sigma does “support m43” until know only with m43-Mounts…not with designed Products.

  • Mr. Reeee

    Ho. Hum.

    Tampon and Smegma, why not release some lenses people are interested in?

    Standard-ish short primes @ f2.8? Oh, but they’re referred to as “telephoto” in the press release, so f2.8 is a good thing for that. Who are they trying to kid?

    The superzoom might be okay if it beats the Panasonic 14-140mm or Oly 14-150mm lenses as far as price goes. Given that it’s from Tamron, I wouldn’t count on better image quality.

    • Miroslav

      “The superzoom might be okay if it beats the Panasonic 14-140mm or Oly 14-150mm lenses as far as price goes.”

      Just checked the price of Tamron’s superzoom for NEX and it’s a bit higher than Olympus 14-150mm :( , so I’m not hopeful the m4/3 version will be cheap, but let’s see…

    • I’m rather happy with my 19mm f/2.8 It is compact enough, it’s sharp enough, on a normal day its fast enough and last but not least, it is not expensive!

  • peevee

    The new about 14-150 is fantastic! But why didn’t they start it from 12mm or wider, sheesh!!! After I am tasted 24 mm, I am not going back to 28!

    • Ulli

      I did, but i tend to adapt to different FL easily.

  • memento

    ahhhh Sigma… where is the 25mm 1.4???
    Its sad that the 30mm 1.4 wont be available for m4/3…

  • MarcoSartoriPhoto

    Interesting add in the m43 partnership, but I’m not interested in these lenses. Let’s see in the future.

    • Harold glit

      not sure many are going to be since none of these. Five lenses bring something new to the m4/3rd table
      harold

  • Harold glit

    FIVE. So-called new lenses and not a single one that does not already exist with the same focal length AND. The same aperture by the same company or another one.
    Not much thinking outside the box is there ?
    The new sigma 30mm may be even better than the current version but how many are going to need a 60mm FOV ??
    The tamrom zoom is very entry level oriented and will have to compete with the olympus 14-150mm

    harold

  • alvarelias

    Same sigmas, no focus ring and marked as ART. +200€ for the same optical quality…. Bullshit

  • The Sigma lenses are clearly designed for NEX based on the focal lengths, with m43 as an afterthought.

  • Chaitanya

    I would have liked a macro lens from Sigma/Tamron but atleast these lenses are a start. Love to see micro 4/3 users having more and more choices of lenses but lacks many macro lenses(only 2 choices currently).

  • Tron

    Wow, a metal barrel on the Tamron, I’m impressed! The build quality probably won’t match the old 90mm macro (then it would be too heavy anyway), but I’ll still give it a try if the price is right.

  • ZOID

    But, I already have a super zoom, that I rarely use. I don’t need any 2.8 primes, I have that covered in 2,8 zooms. I never get anything I want – think I’ll go eat some worms.

  • ssgreenley

    I’m shocked that no one has mentioned the most important fact. FINALLY WE CAN GET SIGMA PRIMES IN SILVER TO MATCH OUR OLYMPUS PRIMES! After weeks of hearing about color as a key indicator in whether or not a lens is any good, nobody is commenting on this amazing feature?!?!? I’m shocked.

    • Anonymous

      Good one! Appreciated.

    • Anonymous

      And without being FORCED to pay $300 more.

    • Just a minute! What about the shades? Are they included? Are they extra? Have they been made yet? What colour?

  • Garypen

    Sigma replaces the 19mm and 30mm 2.8 lenses with 19mm and 300mm 2.8 lenses. Wow!!! Amazing news. It’s a shame. I was hoping for something faster. I normally like Sigma. But, this seems like a dumb decision.

    The Tamron looks interesting. But, it really needs to improve upon the existing Lumix 14-140 or Oly 14-150 to be worth consideration.

    • Garypen a 300mm 2.8 is not bad!!!!! but a 30mm 2.8 is not great.

      • Garypen

        Your sarcasm detector needs calibration. Obviously there is nothing exciting about the new 19mm and 30mm, as they are replacing two models with the same slow aperture.

  • Well if affordable the 60mm may ba an attractive option fleshing out the affordable line of primes… The super zoom doesn’t really appeal… It woould be nice to see one of them launch a 100mm or 90mm macro for m43. Sigmas 105 was a good performer but a bit large for m43.

  • Fish

    Of course just when I bought the 19mm and 30mm, they come out with updated versions.

    I wonder if there will really be an improvement in IQ.

    • Garypen

      It was pretty obvious they were planning to soon replace the current 19mm and 30mm, based upon the recent clearance pricing. But, I think most of us were hoping for something faster than the current f/2.8.

      The shiny body is nice. Improved start-up time and non-rattling focus mechanism, if done, even better. But, the real improvement would have been a larger maximum aperture.

  • David B

    Not sure why admin got excited about this announcement. F/2.8, really? Olympus already makes 60/2.8 macro. As for Tamron, both oly and pana already make these super zooms except oly ends at f5.6 not f5.8 like Tamron. M43 needs need more f/1.2 lenses not plain vanilla 2.8 lenses. 2.8 for m43 is a joke.

  • kavat

    A 60MM F1.8 Would be nice. f2.8 is too slow and they are designed clearly for apsc.

  • Anonymous

    wow,.i think i will pass of these lens,.not interesting

  • AMVR

    People are missing a big point on the tamron: 3rd parties are finally making AF zooms for m43! Yes, it’s a boring release I agree, but seeing all these lenses means they’ve got the boring stuff out of the way first, which can only mean they’ll release more interesting stuff in the near future. Aesthetically the new ART line looks nice, functionally there’s no much sense to these lenses. All in all this only serves to consolidate m43 as THE ILC standard, much to the horror of trolls. I hope any of these companies comes up with a decent 12-40/50 f2.8-4 in a small as possible package, cause Oly is sure taking its sweet time.

    • I think Tamron picked the wrong size here. If they had gone for a 2/10-100 they would have been close to a must have lens. As it is they are competing against the oly 14-150 of which there are many out there already, I have one and I will not be buying another. But a 2/10-100 I would have seriously looked at.

      • ljmac

        What is it with photography fora? Everybody thinks their pet, impossible project is what the whole market wants! An F2 10-100? Really? Do you have any idea how big and expensive that would be? And do you have any concept of the fact that just because you desire such a bizarre zoom range, that doesn’t mean anybody else does?

  • Tinta

    ” despite being equipped with the Tamron’s highly regarded VC”

    If Pana would choose IBIS, the supplier won’t bother with in-lens-stabilisation anymore regarding m43, and the lens could go down in size and complexity….

  • Sam Waldron

    Pretty please Sigma – A 90mm F2.8 prime – It would be an excellent tele option on M43 (And cheap ‘each’ alternative for Panny 35-100) and would also be a useful 135mm on NEX…

  • Secbjilo

    I would like them to port their 50-150 to mFT a 100-300mm equiv at f2.8 would do me nicely

  • Craig Affidy

    Sigma 60mm: “The minimum focusing distance is 19.7 inches; the maximum magnification is 1:7.2”

    I hate you. Damn you and your cheap slow primes! I adored my Sigma 30mm f/1.4, why not bring a Sigma 15mm f/1.4? I will PAY YOU for these! PAY PAY PAY I WILL PAY PAY PAY!

  • Alfred

    Looking forward for review to compare with the m4/3 panasonic and olympus 14-1xx super zoom

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