At the same time as announcing its new flagship OM-D E-M1X camera, Olympus teased a new supertelephoto zoom due to arrive in 2020. Olympus is aiming the E-M1X at pro sports, wildlife and documentary photographers, so this powerful addition to its pro lens range will be an important selling point for the new camera.
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 150- 400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO offers the equivalent of a 300-800mm focal range on a full frame camera, so although its constant f4.5 might sound modest by pro super telephoto standards, it’s actually very good, given this lens’s effective focal range.
Not only that, the new lens includes an integrated 1.25x teleconverter which boosts its focal range to 400-1000mm in 35mm camera terms. And as if that wasn’t enough, it will be compatible with the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20, which will further boost the focal range to an impressive 800-1600mm equivalent.
Olympus bodies, including the new E-M1X, already have image stabilisation built in, but the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO will have its own in-built image stabilisation which will work alongside the camera’s to provide the best possible stabilisation effect – this combination of in-body and in-lens dual stabilisation is becoming increasingly popular amongst mirrorless camera makers.
Exciting as it is, though, this new lens is still under development and will not arrive until 2020. The new Olympus MC-20 2x teleconverter is scheduled to arrive in the summer of 2019, however.
In the meantime, Olympus users already have access to the impressive M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO and versatile M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40‑150mm 1:2.8 PRO.
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