Olympus Telephoto Options

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Whilst you wait for part 3 of my “Revisiting the Olympus MFT System” here is a short post about the Telephoto options of the Olympus system, you can read any of my previous post by clicking the links below:

One of the reasons for choosing the Olympus MFT system is that they are going to have some real telephoto lenses in the very near future. In the Canon and Nikon worlds these are the norm but Olympus are the first mirror-less supplier to have faith and provide these kind of lenses; it seems that Samsung are getting in on the act too.

In the very near future we will have the PRO 40-150mm f2.8 lens and 1.4x tele-converter and as early as next year this will be joined by the PRO 300mm f4 lens although I’m not sure what its price will be. The price of the 40-150 lens is less than I thought it would be so this bodes well for the cost of the 300mm lens.

The tele-converter will support both the 40-150mm and 300mm lenses and gives you the following 35mm FOV equivalents:

  • 40-150mm only: 80-300mm f2.8 (depth of field equivalent of f5.6)
  • 40-150mm + 1.4x: 112-420mm f4 (depth of field equivalent of f8)
  • 300mmonly: 600mm f4 (depth of field equivalent of f8)
  • 300mm + 1.4x: 840mm f5.6 (depth of field equivalent of f11)

Although the equivalent FOV figures for the focal length are impressive, the equivalent depth of filed figures look quite large. Although this may seem a disadvantage at first they are in fact an advantage as depth of field decreases as focal length increases so any increase in this is welcomed.

You can read more about the Olympus PRO system of lenses here.

Almost on cue, The Camaera Store team at Calgary, Canada have released a shoot-out video between the Olympus 40-150 f2.8 lens and the Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 lens, you can see this below.