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Damian talks about the new Oly (40-150mm f/2.8) zoom? New 17mm images and preorders.


Our readers following Damian McGillicuddy tweets noticed that message between Damian and Olympus UK manager Mark Thackara. They chat about the “new zoom”. Easy to guess that this may be the 40-150mm f/2.8 lens. I am not 100% sure yet but I heard the lens will be on sale for January. This will be the first fast Olympus zoom lens and I expect it to be as good as the 35-100mm f/2.0 but hopefully a lot cheaper :)

In the meantime new 17mmf /1.8 image samples can be found at Lenstip and Sulanto. The lens can now be preordered at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Let me know if you can find mroe preorder options. Thanks!


  • nobody

    Admin, are you sure it’s f2.8 at the long end?

    A high grade 40-150mm would be great for sure, but I’m a bit worried it might be bigger and heavier than I like it to be if it’s f2.8 at 150mm.

    • admin

      I heard from different sources it has a constant f/2.8 aperture. But I repeat, those sources are anonymous.

  • Maczon

    And it is not going to be as good as 35-100 F2 zoom. When oly cannot make better prime lens (17 f1.8) than their zoom (12-60), why would this new zoom be any better than old good zooms?

    • Must be something to do with the flange distance.

    • Anonymous

      Eh? Your logic doesn’t convince me… Oly can’t make a good zoom because their zoom is better than one of their prime lenses??

      • lorenzino

        It is a very weird logic indeed…

  • #omg just received the new 40-150 f/2.8 tele zoom @MarkThakara please cover medical expenses per our agreement after I dropped the damn 1.5 kilo thing on my foot and broke it

    • Yes if we talk about 40-150 F2.8 is this heavy, long over 1000g anyway.

      • Anonymous

        Why? My 50-135 f/2.8 is 950g and covers an APS-C image circle. It is easily sharp enough for MFT, reducing the image circle should make it a bit smaller and lighter.

        • Anonymous

          I meant it is 850g.

          • Anonymous

            using light plastics and only covering a 43 sensor why not get it down to 500-600g!

            • If the is Pentax 35-135mm F2.8, and have filter size on 67mm will maybe be like, but this lens is lite longer and if the also is build in metal and telecentrichal optic can i think the will be over 1000g.

              • nobody

                No, even a constant f2.8 40-150mm wouldn’t weigh that much. It would need the same lens diameter as the Panasonic 100-300mm f4-5.6 (150:2.8 = 300:5.6), and that weighs in 520g. Probably it would have a better build quality, so it may come in at 600g. Definitely not more than 1kg.

                • I wish Sigma knew all that when they designed their 50-150/2.8 zoom weighing more than 1300 grams!

                • Yes, but only if the is build i plastic and.
                  But i think Olympus need build in good IQ and the is 80-300mm F2.8 on FF camera, anyway the so is important that the is solid and realy pro lens for OM-D.

            • That sound like you’re implying Pentax didn’t think of using state of the art plastics when designing their star-rated zoom priced $1600?

        • Not really… Given a focal length and f-stop, the minimum aperture diameter is the same regardless of the format. E.g. at 126mm and f/2.8, both APS-C and m4/3 zoom lenses will need to have an aperture no smaller than 45mm in diameter: 126mm/45mm = 2.8

          In fact, if the rumoured lens will go to 150mm at f/2.8, it will need a larger aperture diameter than the 50-135mm. Now, depending on the types of elements used, reliance on software correction, and overall optical design, it doesn’t need to be heavier or bigger.

      • this is where the OM-D & battery grip or GH3 comes in if its really a constant 2.8 & heavy zoom, especially if its weathersealed too, making finally the sealing of the OM-D more usefull then it is right now.

    • @admin:
      Please excuse my sarcasm – although I don’t find this rumor credible and sometimes can’t help stating my opinion in a caustic manner, I surely do enjoy your site very much, thanks and keep up the exciting work :)

  • Ren Kockwell

    Hope it does not come with a 77mm filter thread. I have a very nice 58mm limited edition B+W in Gold. Bought it for the Panasonic 35-100 I never bought.

    • JF

      Gold and silver…that will be a bit bling-bling no ? :p

      • Ren Kockwell

        Well Confucius says “Bling it on baby”.

        Well anyway we don’t know if it’s gonna be silver or black or 58mm even. We’ll see…

  • Maybe introduced in January and in stores in August… ;-) If it’s really true…

  • Miroslav

    I doubt it’ll have constant aperture. I will start at F2.8, but will not be constant. If it is constant, It’ll be too big and too close to Panasonic 35-100.

  • beautemps

    The stabilizer will only be fine with a OMD. A Oly 40-150 won’t be suitable with the weaker PENstabi. So the Pana 35-100 with OIS is the better choice anyhow.

    • bart

      E-Px? E-PLx? E-PMx?

      The E-Px models have a better IS then the PL and PM models, and have no trouble with the 40-150/4-5.6 at its long end, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t deal as well with a faster 40-150. The PL and PM models won’t do as well.

      But eh, considering the likely price, weight and size range for a 40-150/2.8, I doubt this is much of an issue for most E-PL and especially E-PM models.

    • Bronica

      I use the Oly FT 70-300 with the E-PL1 – no problems.

  • Steve

    Olympus needs a bigger body with better external controls. This would work well with the larger lenses coming.

  • jimbo

    the old 40-150mm f4.0-? is a sharp lens for the price, sharper than the equivalent panasonics. You can get them for $180 new, right now. If you don’t need the f2.8 speed, it’s a ridiculously good deal.

  • Anonymous

    I just come back from the future, it’s 40-150 f2.8 but not constant aperture, it made from plastic but weather sealed and the color is black, MSC a little longer than 35-100 and about the same size of 40-150 f/4 priced about the same as 60mm macro. :-)

  • sweln


    I think it will be realistically a 40-150mm f/2.8-4.0, wich isn’t bad, but not dreamy.
    I’m worried that Olympus doesen’t make m4/3 versons of their f/2.0 zooms, even if they are pricey stuff. With the larger market it is totally do-able and sell-able at a cheaper price.

    The 17mm f/1.8 really doesen’t impress me, even if it’s a honest good lense.
    Damm, why can’t they just make 12mm + 17mm + 42mm + 67mm all at f/1.4 at minima like there is alla round in APS-C and FF? Come on, the m4/3 sensor is the HALF of the size of a FF. It should be easier and cheaper to make.

    My Fuji X10 has a 28-112mm f/2.0-2.8, for 400 bucks (yeh smaller sensor, and?).

    Panasonic, Olympus, stop building overpriced slow lenses.

    • yes,its easy to make small/fast lenses for smaller format, look at the several fast c-mount lenses. But optically they dont give great results wideopen. Look at FT where Olympus used 2.0 as the max opening for their lenses, and now they went 1.8 as max. sofar. It shows that they want great performance at such opening. Lenses like ZD 50,ZD 35-100 gave already near to max performance, and now, for example, the MFT 45 1.8 (i just name these lenses which i have experience with). It is easy for Olympus to make faster lenses like they did in the past, but they dont do it because they feel its not up to the standard they want, or maybe, becoming so expensive that most people will use the same “less glass should be cheaper” complaint.

    • Esa Tuunanen

      > Damm, why can’t they just make 12mm + 17mm + 42mm + 67mm all at f/1.4 at minima like there is alla round in APS-C and FF

      Problem is obsession to too small.
      When size is shrinked too much no amount of special glass elements is going to give real high performance even at not very fast apertures… though they still give not the cheapest price.

      Would be time to accept laws of optics/physics and have couple levels of lenses for m4/3. One for this usual and wannabe highend stuff, and then another not as heavily size shrinked for high quality zooms and very fast aperture primes.
      For example Panasonic Leica DG 25mm f/1.4 is at size limit where it can barely keep edges good. (corners not so good until f/2.8)
      Shorter focal length lens would have to be bigger because of optical design changing to retrofocus which needs correcting more and heavier lens aberrations.

      Besides 60mm macro whose ordering shop I’ve now selected I’ve got very little interest for primes, most of which aren’t even specially fast in m4/3.
      Leica DG 25mm is another whose adding to shopping list I can justify to myself.

  • Anonymous

    To all the lens designers and optical specialist who has such immense knowledge on how to produce cheap and perfect lens for the masses, please send your resume to Olympus Imaging and I’m sure you’ll bring a new age to their lens roadmap

    • lorenzino

      LOL, so true.
      Amazing how many super-experts crawl these sites…

    • beautemps

      Everything becomes cheaper on its design and production lifecycle from handmade optics to robots massproduction. Why not the camera and mft lenses? Do you think they are still handpoolished by a japanese virgin?
      Do you think we pay the price for prodution cost? Never ever. It is a poor and cool market calculation what most people are willing to pay for their hobby. Price is far beyond costs and value.

      • tell that to Leica……and as for your fantasy about japanese virgins; they are replaced by chinese virgins these days ;-)

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