Olympus has officially launched the M.Zuiko 150-400 mm f/4.5 Pro IS zoom. I thought some readers may have an interest in this game-changing lens. This short article provides some links to three reviews of this lens done by Matt Suess, Rob Knight and Mike Inkley.
To start, here is a link to the Olympus Americas website and the information that is available for the M.Zuiko 150-400 mm f/4.5 pro zoom.
Here is the YouTube review of the M.Zuiko 150-400 mm f/4.5 done by Rob Knight.
Readers with an interest in motor sports may like to view the YouTube video done by Mike Inkley.
The YouTube video done by Matt Suess contains some wildlife video scenes shot with the M.Zuiko 150-400 mm f/4.5, as well as some nature images in Yellowstone National Park.
I’m sure you’ll find the information and impressions in the three YouTube videos above of interest.
I have no doubt that the M.Zuiko 150-400 mm f/4.5 pro zoom is an incredible photographic tool. It will likely cause more professional nature and sports photographers to switch to the Olympus camera system. Just like highly regarded pros like Petr Bambousek, Andy Rouse, David Tipling and Jari Peltomaki have done (just to name a few).
No doubt many internet chat rooms will be full of typical Olympus naysayers and bashers. They’ll complain that the M.Zuiko 150-400 is too big. Too heavy. Too expensive. The important question is “Compared to what?”
With an equivalent field-of-view of 300-800 mm at f/4.5, and 375-1000 mm at f/5.6 when the built-in 1.25X teleconverter is used, there is nothing that can touch this pro zoom in terms of size/weight, flexibility, or price.
Look at full frame professional telephoto lenses from Nikon and Canon that offer similar fields-of-view. You’ll find that they are considerably larger, heavier and far more expensive.
This is not a lens that fits my specific needs (I have an M.Zuiko 100-400 f/5-6.3 on order)… but it will be a game changer for a lot of photographers. The M.Zuiko lens line up now has three excellent long telephoto options.
All are weathersealed to IPX1 standards and when paired with professional cameras like the E-M1X or E-M1 Mark III provide outstanding performance.
Additionally, when we consider the Subject Tracking AI available with the E-M1X (i.e. airplanes, trains, motosports, and soon to also include birds) photographers can leverage industry leading, breakthrough technology for their work.
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