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Rumor Claims that Olympus Will Announce a 7-14mm f/2.8 MFT Soon, Will Cost $1,800

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There’s some exciting news making its way through the rumor mill if you’re an Olympus fan: it seems Olympus is currently working on and will be announcing a new, 7–14mm f/2.8 Zuiko MFT lens “very soon.”

The rumor was originally reported by 4/3 Rumors, who also received a price from this source that, once converted into USD, comes out to approximately $1,800. Keeping in mind that foreign pricing is often a bit different than US pricing, people still expect a flagship piece of glass priced anywhere near that number to sport some remarkable optics, making this an exciting prospect indeed.

Classified as a near-certainty on the site’s rumor ranking system, it’s all but official that this thing will see the light of day, so start saving and we’ll be sure to let you know just as soon as Olympus makes the announcement.

(via 4/3 Rumors)


 
  • uaio

    I will never understand big, expensive lenses made to be used with cameras specifically designed for portability.

  • PazinBoise

    Smaller-size-compared-to-DSLRs is a selling point for all mirrorless cameras but that doesn’t mean all of them are specifically designed for portability, case in point the Panasonic GH series. Besides this is a high end zoom lens and it still requires a fair amount of glass to deliver solid performance.

  • blimpy

    14-28mm f5.6 full frame equivalent. Not very ambitious and you can get a lot of other kit for 1800 bucks. There are a lot of EFS lenses out there which are equivalent for about 500 bucks. That leaves 1300 for a 7D body. I expect you could do the same with Nikon or Sony.

  • uaio

    Oh, I see. Besides I keep forgetting about video. I do only still photography. For me is a complete dlsr system for work and a portable camera for my leisure photography. Regards

  • templebox

    Oh no, that video is already spreading misinformation. Sure it’s F5.6 in terms of depth of field but it’s still an F2.8 lens in terms of the amount of light it lets through.

  • Rob Elliott

    In my case I started photography with Mirrorless. I like a larger DSLR style camera and have no issue with big lens for situations where a big lens is good.

    But the advantage to mirrorless is that you can have small lens’ and bodies… without giving up the bigger lens when you need them. Even going so far as being able to pick up a travel body that has the same exact mount.

  • http://www.woodyoneal.com/ Woody ONeal

    exactly the reason I unsubscribed to that guys YouTube channel.

  • Tiktian C

    The f/5.6 equivalent depth of field is not a detriment at all in this case. The field of view being a “ultra-wide angle” your depth of field will be huge regardless of the aperture.

    The f/2.8 really gives more flexible exposure (and though not necessarily directly related this lense will also probably be a more highly corrected lense), something the slower EF-S wide angle zooms can not boast.

    The inherent properties of this sort of lense makes the ‘equivalent depth of field’ a null point, you don’t buy the nikon 14-24 for the “amazing subject isolation” characteristics either.

  • Martin Nilsson

    Well, the bodies stay small and the lenses are in general smaller then the DSLR counterpart. With a compact mirrorless, you can tuck the body (with or without a pancake lens) in your pocket and put 2-4 lenses in a smaller bag. Packing the same with a DSLR means a bigger bag and definitely more weight.

  • Muc Cica

    And this will help Olympus’ precarious financial situation exactly how? Madder and madder and no rescue in sight…

  • sshoihet

    No, it’s f/5.6 in terms of density of light captured, not the total amount of light captured. The brightness is the same but you get more noise for the same ISO.

  • Lee Harris

    Huh? So what should they do? Not produce pro quality equipment?

  • Lee Harris

    If it cures the purple fringing of my Lumix one then I might be interested, the price seems a little steep, but f2.8 is impressive.