(FT5) Some new 75-300mm lens and XZ-10 pricing info….


I keep receiving info about the new Olympus stuff. That comes from Europe:

1) The Olympus XZ-10 will be priced at 399 Euro.

2) The 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II will come in black and lower price (599 Euro). 35 Euro less than the current lowest price at Amazon DE.

Don’t know you guys but I fail to see why GetOlympus on Facebook calls this a “Big announcement“. I really hope they may introduce something else too. Once again, I know one semi pro MFT camera and f/2.8 zoom are due for Spring but I don’t expect an official announcement yet. So again, I hope I am wrong here otherwise they will have to read a lot of unhappy comments on their FB page :)

  • Octávio

    Are they using the PUN like announcements where the BIG stands for the “big” zoom lens?

  • Maybe the fast zoom will be announced at CP+? Olympus has announced many lenses prior to their intended bodies, most recently the 12-50.

  • Narretz

    Looks like I could be right thinking that the new 75-300 is simply easier and cheaper to produce instead of a real upgrade.

  • Admin’s Evil Twin

    The PR department is hardly likely to bill it as “a largely disappointing announcement” are they?

    Sell the sizzle, not the sausage!

    • Steve

      But where is the sizzle?

      • Che

        …all I hear is fizzle

        • Alfonzo

          fo’ shizzle

  • emde

    599 EUR RRP seems just right – that is on par with the Pana 100-300. If IQ is the same as current 75-300, I will wait some months and then buy…

  • They said an announcement, not products. They’re going to announce a marriage to sony and sony’s maanager is what will appear on stage. (Then the nex ff mount will be announced and it will be the olympus ff mount as well.)

    • Trevor

      I would love to see a FF Mirrorless open standard mount created.

      • Miroslav

        …or no mount, just for lenses used with adapters.

      • camaman

        We now have Metabones speed booster that gives you exactly that on APS-c cameras for $500 bucks + you get an extra stop of light which negates the FF sensor…

        After the Chinese knockoffs start appearing I don’t see a lot of the big players standing behind a consumer FF system.
        Maybe for studio Pro work, but that needs not be small

        • michael

          Sure – why do it natively when you can buy yet another add-on that adds size, weight, and $500 to the kit you bought specifically because it was small?

        • Partyender

          We know about metabones. It’s not the second coming of Christ. As michael said, why buy full frame lenses for compact system cameras when it negates the size benefits, has a half-a-grand price tag and degrades IQ?

  • Miroslav

    “I hope I am wrong here otherwise they will have to read a lot of unhappy comments on their FB page.”

    I also hope you’re wrong :), but their FB fans will be unhappy anyway, because most of them want E-7.

  • ED

    Admin, what ever happened to that rumored tilt-shift lens??????

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  • camaman

    They are Asians! everything is big, important and flamboyant with them.
    I remember they had an awkwardly translated English for the viewfinder in the OMD
    Not “beginning of the new” something more strange…

  • Marck

    The Panasonic 100-300 5.6 is at $499,00 at amazon.com now, so I really expect this to be cheaper. Otherwise I really keep wondering why to waste time and money in making a second version…

    • caver3d

      That’s what I paid for the Pany 100-300mm – $499 from Adorama – a few months ago.

  • Rick

    I was wondering what others thought. It seems like the Metabones adapter and the Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.0 lens for APS-C would be an awesome combo for micro 4/3s. With the adapter it becomes a 12-49mm lens with a f2-2.8 aperture.

    Isn’t this an awful lot like the lens from 4/3s that everyone is anxiously waiting for the 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 only better because it is faster?

    The question that I wonder about is how the autofocus will work. I was thinking it might not be too bad because the lens has an internal focus lens dubbed HSM by Sigma for high speed motor.

    Thank you,
    Rick Wirch

    • Ross

      The Sigma HSM lenses don’t focus correctly on the OM-D. The 150mm (HSM) macro finds focus & then the final adjustment puts it out of focus. The above combo that you mention sounds like it would be rather bulky & only reliable with MF. BTW, aperture control slows down when using TTL as well, adding a little more annoying delay.

      • Ross

        That was meant to be TTL flash. It would be nice if we could edit our comments.

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