An australian friend sent me the pricing info for the soon to be announced 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO zoom. It will cost $1,500 AUSD. The lens will ship in very early 2015. In US the lens is “rumored” to cost around $1200-1300.
Official Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO description (via http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/em1_brochure)
Incorporating the same powerful optical and digital technologies developed for the top-of-the-line Zuiko Digital lenses, M.Zuiko PRO series lenses are designed to bring the highest level of professional imaging performance to our line of compact Micro Four Thirds system cameras. The second model in this series is a telephoto zoom lens with 35mm camera-equivalent zoom range from 80mm to 300mm. Built tough to stand up to the harsh demands of professional use, this high-grade lens boasts optical performance with f2.8 brightness throughout the zoom range and a durable dust-/splash-proof structure. Together with the 12-40mm f2.8 PRO standard zoom lens, this new lens enables the PRO series to cover the widest possible range of photographic requirements.
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