Compact Tele-zooms from Olympus

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September 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm  •  Posted in Cool Gadgets by  •  2 Comments

Micro FourThirds continues to demonstrate its advantages in compact design. Witness Olympus’s latest telephoto zooms: the M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300 mm F4.8-6.7 and M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6. Compared to a 35mm film camera, these would give roughly the same field of view coverage as 150-600 mm and 80-300 mm lenses with a Micro Four Thirds camera.

The image at the left compares the new 75-300 mm with Olympus’s $7,800 monster Zuiko 300 mm F2.8 prime. The new lens weighs 430 g and measures 70×116 mm.

Although Olympus did not provide a photo for comparison, it says the new 75-300 mm is also smaller and lighter than its existing Zuiko 70-300 mm, itself a very compact lens.

Giving a nod to videographers, both lenses are near silent focusing. The ED designation means they include extra-low dispersion glass elements

Specification Highlights: M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300 mm F4.8-6.7

  • Mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • Focal Length: 75-300mm (roughly 150-600 mm on 35mm film camera)
  • Minimum Aperture: f4.8-6.7
  • Price $999.99
  • Availability: December 2010

Specification Highlights: M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6

  • Mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • Focal Length: 40-150mm (roughly 80-300 mm on 35mm film camera)
  • Minimum Aperture: f4.0-5.6
  • Price $329.99
  • Availability: November 2010

2 Comments

  1. Gerry Diamond / September 2, 2010 at 2:21 am / Reply

    Is this lens available for Canon camers?

    Thank you

    • David / September 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm / Reply

      This uses a Micro Four Thirds mount, so it would work only on Micro Four Thirds cameras — so far available only from Panasonic and Olympus.

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