I confess, I am not really happy with todays Olympus announcement. I understand that there is a “marketing reason” why those lenses have to exist. Maybe zoom lenses is what “normal” people buys when they go in store. But we are still missing a Zuiko MFT lens we can be really proud of. We have some good lenses like the 9-18mm, but no fast prime lens, no high-quality and reasonable fast zoom, and only one pancake lens! And most of the current lenses are copies of already existing Panasonic lenses (or is Panasonic copying the Olympus lenses?). Take a look for yourself:
Panasonic 7-14mm – Olympus 9-18mm
Panasonic 14-140mm – Olympus 14-150mm
Panasonic 45-200mm – Olympus 45-150mm
Panasonic 100-300mm (to be announced soon) – Olympus 75-300mm
Panasonic 8mm fisheye – Olympus 8mm fisheye (on roadmap)
Panasonic 14mm (to be announced soon) – Olympus 12mm (on roadmap)
Thousand of 43rumors readers voted for High-Quality prime, pancake and zoom lenses in many of our polls. We need more “WOW” lenses like the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7. But we also need lenses that are essential for a complete lens repertoire (where is the normal 25mm f/1.4 lens?).
There will be no need to switch to a NEX or NX system or any other system if the lenses are good enough! So please stop playing cat and mouse, stop to fear the market. Try to have some vision like when you imaginated the MicroFourThirds system. Surprise us!
That’s just my personal opinion, feel free to comment this post…