This short article provides some pro zoom cost and weight comparisons for M.Zuiko (OMDS/Olympus), Sony, Canon and Nikon equipment. Some photographers want to reduce the weight of their kit, but still desire pro quality lens performance. Having some relevant cost and weight comparison information can be helpful.
As I’ve often stated in articles on this website, every photographer should buy and use whatever camera format and brand that best meets their needs. The intent of this article is simply to provide some cost and weight comparison information. It is not intended to suggest that anyone change their current camera gear.
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Many photographers consider constant aperture f/2.8 zoom lenses to be ‘pro’ glass. The three most common approximate focal lengths of these constant aperture ‘pro’ zoom lenses are 14-24 mm, 24-70 mm and 70-200 mm, in full frame terms. First, let’s have a look at three different full frame set-ups.
Prices and weights noted are from the B&H website. All prices are suggested list prices in US dollars rounded to the nearest hundred. As regular readers will know, I’m certainly not a ‘gear head’… but I’ve done my best to identify similar ‘pro’ zoom lenses with each manufacturer noted.
Canon RF Pro Zoom Lenses
- 15-35 mm f/2.8: $2,300, 840 grams (1.85 lb)
- 24-70 mm f/2.8, $2,300, 900 grams (1.98 lb)
- 70-200 mm f/2.8 $2,700, 1070 grams (2.35 lb)
- Total cost and weight: $7,300, 2810 grams (6.18 lb)
Nikon Z Pro Zoom Lenses
- 14-24mm f/2.8, $2,400, 650 grams (1.4 lb)
- 24-70 mm f/2.8, $2,300, 805 grams (1.77 lb)
- 70-200 mm f/2.8, $2,600, 1360 grams (2.99 lb)
- Total cost and weight: $7,300, 2815 grams (6.16 lb)
Sony FE Pro Zoom Lenses
- 12-24 mm f/2.8 GM, $3,000, 847 grams (1.86 lb)
- 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM, $2,200, 886 grams (1.95 lb)
- 70-200 mm f/2.8 GM OSS, $2,600, 1480 grams (3.26 lb)
- Total cost and weight: $7,800, 3213 grams (7.07 lb)
M.Zuiko (OMDS/Olympus) Pro Zoom Lenses
- 7-14 mm f/2.8, efov 14-28 mm, $1,400, 534 grams (1.17 lb)
- 12-40 mm f/2.8, efov 24-80 mm, $1,000, 382 grams (0.84 lb)
- 40-150 mm f/2.8, efov 80-300 mm, $1,500, 760 grams (1.67 lb) without collar
- Total cost and weight: $3,900, 1676 grams (3.68 lb)
It should be noted that the M.Zuiko f/2.8 40-150 PRO zoom has an equivalent field-of-view of 80-300 mm. This is considerably longer reach than the full frame lenses noted for other manufacturers. Adding a 300 mm f/2.8 prime lens, or an f/2.8 constant aperture zoom that extends to 300 mm would add significant cost and weight to the full frame set-ups.
There are a wide range of camera bodies that photographers could compare in terms of their cost and weight. From what I could see the weight differences are not significant (i.e. 100 grams or less) when looking at single gripped cameras compared to an OM-D E-M1 Mark III. Obviously prices can vary quite a bit based on specifications. Since camera choice is intensely personal I did not compare a wide range of different bodies.
I did compare double gripped, pro camera bodies from Canon, Nikon and OM-D (Olympus). All weights are body only. E-M1X body only weight from manufacturer website.
- Canon 1 DX Mark III, $6,500, 1,250 grams (2.75 lb)
- Nikon D6, $6,500, 1,270 grams (2.79 lb)
- E-M1X, $3,000, 849 grams (1.87 lb)
There are a wide range of factors that need to be considered when choosing camera equipment. For many photographers the cost of lenses, especially when considering ‘pro’ zoom lenses, will surpass the investment made in a camera body. Total system cost and weight, as well as desired photographic performance all need to be taken into consideration.
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