Probably the longest standing issue between DSLR and Mirrorless systems like Micro 4/3 has been the lack of quality, pro level telephoto lenses. If there was a theme at Photokina this year, it was mirrorless companies addressing that disparity.
One of the many lenses announced last month was the new Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8, a lens with a 100-300mm equivalency on a 35mm full frame body (like Sigma’s 120-300mm F/2.8). This lens has the longest reach of any micro 4/3 telephoto lens on the market, but how does it perform compared to a long time staple of the Panasonic micro 4/3 lens lineup?
The Olympus performs wonderfully from that I can tell in the video, matching or beating the Panasonic lens in every respect with exception to size/weight. It’s about as sharp as you could ask for too, making this a must have telephoto lens if you shoot the Olympus system (or another M 4/3 system and don’t mind the lack of Image Stabilization).
[REWIND: Olympus Announces New 40-150mm F/2.8]
The lens is currently available for pre-order, but with the great performance comes the great price tag of $1499. That said, if you shoot weddings/sports/wildlife on the Olympus system, this is a lens that you need to invest in. Get on the list now and get yours as soon as they are available!