(FT2) Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 to be in Stock in mid 2013 only?


A lens with similar Olympus specs is the Sigma 50-150mm.

As I told you before I expect Olympus to announce the new 40-150mm f/2.8 lens in January. Now Miranda forum user Forist DIS Ottawa writes, “For what it’s worth, I was at an imaging show today and two Olympus reps confirmed that a 40-150mm f2.8 lens will be coming next year. They said it appears on a list of confirmed future products. They didn’t have any further details but expect it won’t be available until the middle of next year at the earliest.”

I have no details about price and size of the lens yet. But the only similar lens I know is the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 which costs around $1100 (here on eBay). I hope the lens isn’t as big as that one!

  • Rafael

    There are already the 2.0/35-100mm and the 2.8-3.5/50-200mm out there. Why should we expect Olympus to develop a 40-150mm f/2.8 having all those other glasses. I dont see the reason why for this lens, there are already very nice zooms on 4/3… people is waiting for a camera, not for a new lens :-P

    • KI

      35-100 and 50-200 are not options for a proffessional shooter (mFT) due to the lack of PDAF support.
      The 40-150 3.5-5.6 is too slow, and not weather sealed.

      That’s why I need this lens…

      • ProM43

        So a “proffessional shooter” is not well served with M43? I agree but can you expand on that?

        • KI

          Well – The E-M5 is very nice. However – a proffessional shooter would in most cases need weather sealing and fast lenses (both focus and aperature).
          Like E-5 paired with 12-60 and 50-200 SWD is fast, fast and weather-sealed.

          The E-M5 with 12-50 is fast, slow (3.5-6.3) and weather-sealed. A faster telezoom for portraits and sports (if we get the 40-150/2.8 (80-300/2.8)) which are weather-sealed would make a whole bunch of people happy.
          Compared to the current 40-150/3.5-5.6 R;
          * Narrower depth-of-field (good for portraits).
          * up to 2 steps faster (good for sports).
          * weather-sealed (good for anyone that lives where it’s raining from time to time and needs to shoot outside)

          If we would get a mFT camera that could focus fast with the “old” PDAF lenses, it would be great!
          35-100/2 … *droool*

          • c0ldc0ne

            “Well – The E-M5 is very nice. However – a proffessional shooter would in most cases need weather sealing and fast lenses (both focus and aperature).”

            I don’t see how shooting professionally implies the need for weather sealed and/or fast lenses. A (professional) landscape shooter has no use for fast lenses, nor does a (professional) studio photographer need weather sealing.

          • Ronan

            KI i see what you are trying to express but it’s very limiting. A LOT of professionals i know, when i worked the business, couldn’t care less about weather sealed. Some didn’t even care about constant 2.8 if they did landscape photography or product photography.

            • KI

              Unless you got roof over your head, you’ll need weather sealing when you live where I live.

              I’m not trolling or anything, but I’m generalizing. If you only shoot in studio, you won’t need weather-sealing and f2.8 obviously. …. but outdoor concerts, weddings, sports-events AND landscape (you know – you can shoot landscape when it’s raining…)

              I also want to hang the camera from my shoulder when I’m out walking about without having to think twice about the weather.

              • ProM43

                I hear you. I see the issues with outdoors usage, I had two of my babies killed by weather and I am sensitive to that. In studio, better use a larger sensor or film, best with movements.
                This format was born out of the incapacity to produce large sensors – at least it looks like that to me. However, I thought it could be useful for the traditionally superexpensive purposes, such as birding or sports. A lot less glass and cumber could make those jobs cheaper and lighter. Apparently, not so, or not yet. Oh well.

            • Esa Tuunanen

              > Some didn’t even care about constant 2.8 if they did landscape photography or product photography.
              Now what might be the reason for that?

              Maybe because with bigger film era formats (including small for the time 35mm) use of big apertures was in many cases impossible because of DOF getting so ridiculously anorexic.

              Also image quality wasn’t often good with lenses wide open.
              Both because of optical design being harder without modern computer simulations and makers probably not seeing wide apertures so important for most lenses. Even rule about always stopping down lens little for good iamge quality comes from that past era.

        • michael

          Obvious troll is obvious.

    • Ross

      The reason would be to give us something that can focus reliably fast on micro 4/3’s bodies & although the main body (of the lens) would be a bit large, it would still be shorter than using the 4/3’s lenses with an adapter (& lighter probably).

    • I believe that Oly knows that 4/3 lenses will never be successfully adapted to m4/3 with the AF working well. They just don’t tell 4/3 users like me, because they hope we let them grandfather us into m4/3.

      • xmort

        On the contrary. I think that Olympus believes that the problem with 4/3 lens focusing will be resolved. They didnt release any of the existing 4/3 HG and SHG lenses in the m4/3 mount version, even though there were (and still are) many gaps in their m4/3 lens lineup. Fast normal zoom (14-54 or 12-60) or fast telephoto (50-200) come to mind.

        • M4/3 lenses require movable lens groups (focusing) with less mass than those in 4/3 lenses. The incompatibility is at least partially due to lens design and physics. I believe that is one of the reasons we haven’t seen any m4/3 versions of HG and SHG 4/3 lenses.

          In any case, we’ll eventually find out.

    • Camaman

      43 glass is dead. Olympus is turning a new leaf in production. It must be cheaper to them and more efficient to develop a new m43 lens that is more future proof.

      • Once the m4/3 system has matured and stops growing, Oly will move on and start over with a new system that will have some compatibility with m4/3.

    • Tim

      I expect there are several reasons for the new lens:
      Size: they want something smaller

      AF: the new lens should be optimized for CD-AF

      Price: Here in Europe the 35-100/2.0 goes for about 3000 euro including tax. The 90-250/2.8 is 7000 euro. Expect the new lens to be cheaper even if it is not quite as good.

  • Anonymous

    I believe it’s for m4/3 Rafael.

    • Rafael

      I thought we were talking about 4/3s because the Sigma mention in the article…

      Anyway, I doubt Olympus will release an upgraded version of their 40-150mm for micro4/3 … maybe a new 50-200mm to match the actual 12-50mm kit, but for sure I dont expect a constant apperture! not even a f/2.8-3.5(similar to the 4/3) to be honest :-(

  • Ren Kockwell

    Mid 2003????? Nooooooooooo!!!!! Say it ain’t so!!!!!

    • Hhom Togan

      Nooooooooooo! +1000,000

      • Jayne StClaire

        Oh, enough theatrics boys. It’s just a rumour. The 35-100/2.8 is available now, just go skip, hop, and get it already!

        • Hhom Togan

          I’m a woman!

          anyway, I don’t want no puny 35-100. Bigger is better for me.

          • J.S.

            Maybe the Olympus 50-150 is smaller?
            cause of the missing OIS

            • J.S.

              40-150 I mean

    • Yammi Mhukerjee

      Ho, that’s no Olympus, any blind fool can see it’s a Sigma. Oh, vait, sorry, me bad, it’s for comparison purposes only. I do hope the Olympus won’t be this large! I’m not one for phallics.

      • Ross

        It won’t be as big as that Sigma lens which was made with an image circle coverage for the APS-C sized sensors (at least).

  • I wonder what else is on that list!

    Please be a Zuiko 25mm f/1.2!

  • Hey Admin,

    what about the rumored SIGMA 12-35mm f/2.8 ???

    (+ other Sigma-products..)

    • Could you please source the rumour? I’m utterly interested…

  • OMDuser

    I’m OM-D user and I have primes 12/2, 45/1.8 and 75/1.8. I have tried 100-300 f/4-5.6 but it is too big for OM-D (even not too heavy, but too big). I have superb optical quality from 45/1.8 and 75/1.8.

    40-150 f/2.8 can be usefull for me, if only:
    1) is smaller then 100-300 (expecially diameter of the lens should be smaller, on the body side)
    2) optical quality of 40-150mm will be better at the long end then on wide end (like in Canon 70-200 f/4L IS which is better at 200mm then at 70mm)

    Expecially point 2 is important.
    Usually in 40-150, 45-200, 100-300 and others m43 zooms optical quality is worse at the long end.
    For 40-150 f/2.8 should be oposite.
    There is a lot of lenses with good quality at 45mm and 75mm (zooms 40-150, primes 45, 75) and nothing at 150mm.

    • apart from being a rather slow lens, the M.Zuiko 75-300 delivers really nicely, at 150mm. I’d even call the IQ ZD 50-200-ish, between 100 and 250 millimetres.

    • ArtP

      OMDuser- you think the 100-300 too big? Are you using the HDL-6? It makes a difference.
      I don’t think a 40-150 F2.8 would be any smaller than the 100-300, at least in diameter. My guess would be close in size (to the fully retracted 100-300) but internal zoom (not extending)

  • To next year coming Panasonic by a 150mm F2.8, but that 40-150mm zoom from Olympus is maybe lite more large and have tripod grip.

  • matteo

    i think a good idea if :
    1) the diameter will be equal to actual 75mm F1.8 (58 to 62mm)
    2) water proof
    3) price around 1000€

  • Jens

    Great news! For me this zoom range makes more sense than 35-100 (“only”). We also need now a teleconverter and next chrismas we’ll hopefully see the small brother with 12-40 2-2.8…!!

    • Make it a fast 11-40 or 11-50, and I’ll do a couple somersaults.

    • I’d prefer a 20-80 2.8-3.5

  • so the reps confirmed a constant 2.8? I am very curious about the dimensions then.

    • I’m curious about the optical quality and the price.

    • What if this is SILVER colour. :-D

  • As others have mentioned, this zoom should be weathersealed. Olympus can have a competitive advantage by fully leveraging their knowledge (and reputation) building weather sealed bodies and lenses. In fact, a small, fully weather sealed kit makes total sense for lots of people: travel photographers, outdoor enthusiasts, PJs, etc.

    Particularly for expensive lenses (12mm, 75mm), they should be weather sealed. I don’t understand why they are not.

    As it is, I believe Oly is missing a big differentiator to other brands and systems.

    • I think if its indeed a 2.8 40-150, it would be a differentiator already, especially if it delivers optically.

    • If i understand Olympus is, 12mm, 45mm, 75mm and then new 17mm realy for Pen and Pen is not weather seal. ;-) It`s Olympus

  • I still think this lens is unlikely to appear. The reasons:
    1) it would seriously harm the sales of two of Panasonic’s high end products, the 35-100 and the future 150 prime. Things may have deteriorated within the m4/3 consortium, but such a lens would be considered a declaration of war (even though it won’t be stabilized).
    2) It will have to be extremely expensive and thus of limited interest (and vice versa). Olympus should know better than to try selling a large $1800 lens for m4/3.
    3) a 40-150/2.8 would undermine prospective sales of HG and SHG 4/3 glass in the same focal range once PDAF issues are solved (and they will be solved indeed according to recent indications by Olympus executives).

    • Chez Wimpy

      >Things may have deteriorated within the m4/3 consortium, but such a lens would be considered a declaration of war (even though it won’t be stabilized).

      7-14 vs 9-18
      14-150 vs 14-140
      20/1.7 vs 17/2.8 vs 17/1.8
      14-42 vs 14-42 vs 14-45 vs 14-42x
      12/2 vs 14/2.5
      40-150 vs 45-175 vs 45-200 vs 45-150
      75-300 vs 100-300
      45/1.8 vs 43/1.2

      ect, ect, ect… so with a 40-150/2.8, just NOW there is direct competition?!? :p

  • yun

    40-150 F2.8 sounds good . A direct lens rivaling Pana 150mm F2.8 !
    Might consider it if I have an Olympus camera or if Pana build IS in it’s future camera .

    • But is this a HG or SHG lens from Olympus ?
      Is then solid build in metal or only metal finish ?
      The is wether pro have 40-150mm F2.8, but IQ is better so 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 ?

  • S

    Do they make a Canon mount? HAHA!

  • chronocommando

    I do still doubt that any of this is true.

    Maybe there are doing a “pancake” 40-150 with a length of 2.8 mm :-D

  • turtle

    I was at the same product show (in Ottawa) and I full out asked the Oly reps about new lenses and they said they had NO INFO.

    Mark this one down to FT1

  • Kabe

    „I hope the lens isn’t as big as that one!“

    Don’t be silly. If it is indeed 2.8 at the long end, it has to be big.

    Which is why I believe that such a lens would rather have a smaller aperture @150mm.


    • Lorenzino

      Why does it have to be as big as the current Sigma lens? The first Sigma 50-150 was indeed much smaller than the current one, and so was the Tokina 50-135 (both for apsc sensor size). The fact that both are not being produced anymore doesn’t mean that new lenses, especially the ones designed for smaller image circle (m43 vs APSC) cannot be as small or even smaller than those, and still have high IQ…

  • Anonymous

    good news for me since I just got the Panasonic 35-100mm

    I still think the Olympus lens is going to be a variable aperture f2.8-4

  • I think this is the right move from Olympus, after providing great primes (12, 17, 45, 75 – wide to medium) and then this fast tele zoom will cover the longer fields.
    Hope this will be real soon.

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