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Industry News: Olympus announces the M.Zuiko® Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO Lens

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Center Valley, PA, November 17, 2020 – Olympus is pleased to introduce the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO, a high-resolution, super-telephoto zoom lens, delivering unrivaled portability, imaging power, and all-weather performance. Equipped with a built-in 1.25x teleconverter, this lens covers a powerful focal length of 300-1000mm equivalent1, and is only 4.1lbs and 12.4 inches in length. Leave the tripod at home. The high-performance 5-Axis Sync IS delivers the world’s most effective 8 shutter speed steps2 of compensation, enabling up to 1000mm equivalent1 handheld super-telephoto shooting. When paired with the optional M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20, this Micro Four Thirds® System ultra-zoom lens is capable of up to 2000mm equivalent1 super-telephoto shooting.

Ultimate Super-Telephoto Optical Performance
Lens construction consists of 28 elements in 18 groups, including a newly developed large-diameter EDA lens3 and four Super ED lenses4, reducing flares and color bleeding across the entire zoom range, and delivering superb edge-to-edge resolution and clarity. Olympus’ renowned Z Coating Nanotechnology is employed to suppress reflective light and provide sharp, clear image quality, even in difficult shooting environments, such as backlit scenes. The lens body features a built-in 1.25x teleconverter, maintaining high optical performance while enabling up to 1000mm equivalent1 handheld super-telephoto shooting, simply by flipping down the teleconverter. Additionally, the lens is compatible with optional M.Zuiko Digital MC-14 1.4x and MC-20 2x teleconverters. When paired with the MC-20, this lens is capable of up to2000mm equivalent1 super-telephoto shooting. This lens features a close focusing distance of 1.3 m across the entire zoom range and close-up shooting performance with a maximum image magnification of 0.57x1, which increases to 0.71x1 when using the built-in teleconverter, for those who enjoy tele macro shooting.

Focal length 35mm equivalent Max aperture value Max image magnification 35mm equivalent
M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO 300-800mm (150mm-400mm) F4.5 X0.57 (x0.29)
With Built-in 1.25x Teleconverter 375-1000mm (187.5mm-500mm) F5.6 X0.71 (x0.36)
With Built-in 1.25x Teleconverter and optional MC-14 1.4x Teleconverter 525-1400mm (262.5mm-700mm) F8.0 X1.01 (x0.5)
With Built-in 1.25x Teleconverter and optional MC-20 2x Teleconverter 750-2000mm (375mm-1000mm) F11 X1.43 (x0.71)

Unrivaled Portability and Weather-Sealed Design
The lens barrel is designed using magnesium alloy and the lens hood with lightweight carbon fiber to ensure that the center of gravity of the lens does not shift, due to imbalance, when the lens hood is used. Use of optimal materials in each area of the lens maintains strength and precision while delivering a compact, lightweight design with a length of 12.4 inches and weight of only 4.1 lbs.5, for unprecedented mobility. Pairing this lens with the superb dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof performance of the Olympus OM-D® E-M1X enables the user to continue shooting in punishing environments such as rain and snow with peace of mind. Compared with the black coating on conventional lenses, the heat-resistant coating of this PRO lens efficiently reflects the infrared rays of sunlight, keeping temperatures inside the lens from rising, even in blazing hot weather, for stable optical performance. The front element of the lens features a fluorine coating to provide a smooth and scratch-resistant surface and allows easier cleaning for better maintenance.

Powerful Image Stabilization and Fast, High-Precision Autofocus
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens supports 5-Axis Sync IS, and at 300mm equivalent1 delivers the world’s most effective 8 shutter speed steps2 of image stabilization, and at 1000mm equivalent1 delivers up to 6 shutter speed steps6 of image stabilization, when using the built-in teleconverter. This powerful image stabilization is also available in the super-telephoto range, up to 2000mm equivalent1, when paired with the optional MC-20 Teleconverter. High image quality hand-held shooting is possible, making it perfect for wildlife, birding, nature photography, and more. Olympus proprietary high-precision lens thinning technology makes the focusing lenses lightweight, delivering fast and precise focusing across the entire zoom range.

Other Features

  • The inner zoom system maintains the original length of the lens, even when increasing zoom magnification
  • Constructed with rubberized zoom/focusing ring, for comfortable operation
  • Preset focus function allows the user to set and recall favorite focal positions
  • Tripod base plate in a shape and size that is easy to carry
  • Strap eyelets are installed to improve transportability and reduced load on the lens mount
  • Rubber lens end cover, designed to prevent scratches on the front of the lens
  • Compatible with Focus Stacking7, allowing the user to create composite images with crisp focus from front to back

Accessories
Zuiko PRF-ZD95 PRO Protection Filter (sold separately)
This protection filter features ZERO Coating to suppress flares and ghosts from reflections and easy-to-clean, fluorine-coated, black-edged glass. The filter features a satin, glare-reducing black aluminum frame.
MSRP: $324.99 (US)/$429.99 (CAD)

LH-115 Lens Hood (included)
This lightweight carbon fiber lens hood boasts excellent durability. A flocked finish on the inside of the hood prevents internal reflection.

CSS-P121 Lens Strap (included)
This lens strap is for exclusive use with a super-telephoto lens. It is made of mesh material to prevent discomfort, has excellent cushioning, and an anti-slip texture.

LC-115 Lens Cap (included)
This cloth cover-style lens cap is easy to attach and remove for quick shooting.

LSC-1642 Lens Case (included)
This purse-string lens case features three-layer construction that protects the lens and can be used to store the lens with lens hood, lens cap, protection filter, and teleconverter attached for safe storage and travel.

Pricing, Configurations, Availability & Specifications
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens comes packaged with the LH-115 lens hood, CSS-P121 lens strap, LC-115 lens cap and LSC-1642 lens case. It is available for pre-order now for $7,499.99 USD and $9,999.99 CAD at participating local authorized retailers, or at www.getolympus.com, and will begin shipping in late January 2021.

  1. 35mm equivalent
  2. According to CIPA standards. When attached to OM-D E-M1X, with yaw and pitch applied to camera, half-press IS: Off, and focal length set to 150mm (35mm equivalent f=300mm), As of November 17, 2020
  3. Extra-low Dispersion Aspherical lens
  4. Super Extra-low Dispersion lens
  5. Excluding lens cap, lens rear cap, and lens hood
  6. According to CIPA standards. When attached to OM-D E-M1X, with yaw and pitch applied to the camera, half-press IS: Off, and focal length set to 500mm when using the built-in teleconverter 1.25x (35mm equivalent f=1000mm)
  7. Visit the Olympus website for compatible camera information

CanonFanBoy

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I musta bought the wrong OLY camera because I sure as heck wouldn't spend this kind of coin on a lens for it. Last thing on my mind. I think I could find some real nice Canon stuff to spend the money on.
 

Joules

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I guess the lens in the images is a mock up? Those grip positions look ridicoulous for holding a 1.8 kg lens (The same as a Sigma 150-600 mm C).
 

CanonFanBoy

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Like the Canon 150-400 f4.5? Let me know when you find one.

At least Olympus is trying something different and useful.
Actually, I am not sitting here biting my nails looking for the lens you mention to come from Canon. ;) I have a real nice Oly and Oly pro lens I'll sell you if you like OLY so much. Barely used at all. Just check my sig. :p At least Olympus is trying something different? Are you suggesting that Canon and nobody else has? Olympus is dead.
 

SteveC

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Actually, I am not sitting here biting my nails looking for the lens you mention to come from Canon. ;) I have a real nice Oly and Oly pro lens I'll sell you if you like OLY so much. Barely used at all. Just check my sig. :p At least Olympus is trying something different? Are you suggesting that Canon and nobody else has? Olympus is dead.

It's an M5 mark II, but not the one I'm hoping for! :D
 

padam

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Olympus just come out with their best most expensive lens....Aaaand It's Gone
 

usern4cr

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I think that this is a magnificent lens for anyone that is still into Olympus bodies and has $7.5K to drop on the lens (which means probably not too many people). It's a shame that all that optical quality has to end up on old technology M43 sensors and EM1... bodies.

Another interesting thing they claim (yet again): They do the 2x multiply to show their equivalent FF focal distance (ok, that's fair and accurate). They also do the 2x multiply to show their equivalent FF max. magnification, although they word it deceptively (It looks like their actual magnification is shown in parenthesis, and they use 2x to get the equivalent FF magnification, which is also ok IMHO). *BUT* they still show *only the M43 f#* which they apply to both the M43 focal distance and the FF equivalent distance (they're still doing their marketing bullshit to falsely hype their lens as having an equivalent f# half the value it really is, instead of also showing the 2x on the equivalent FF f#'s which would be fair and accurate).

Keep in mind that Canon could also claim an additional set of values (focal distance, f#, max magnification) if a 1.6x or so crop was applied to their FF sensors and so they could come up with additional bigger claims for focal distance and max magnification that way. But who needs to fight a marketing war with a company that's already out of business?

If I was still into Olympus (which I'm not as all my stuff is now in my brother's hands) and had $7.5K to spend then I would actually get this lens and be quite happy. It will take stunning telephoto photos as well as stunning close up shots of flowers, etc. But their sensor will never be as good as the R5 or future R5s, and their people/animal eye AF will never be as good, but most of their people will be OK with that.

All in all, it's a shame that they didn't come out with the EM1_III and this lens two years ago as it might have saved them enough to still be in business.