Olympus Possibly Working on New F/1.0 Prime Series
If there was ever a complaint from photographers who try micro four thirds cameras, it is the inability to produce that same super shallow depth of field that you can with full frame. Olympus may be working to try and solve that problem if a new rumor is correct.
According to a report over on 43 Rumors, which was rated ‘FT3’ (40-60% likely), Olympus will release a new F/1.0 prime lens series before the end of 2016. The source claims that the lenses will be a 12mm F/1.0, 25mm F/1.0, and 50mm F/1.0.
This may not get you the same super shallow depth of field as an F/1.2 full frame lens, but it will get you much shallower than what you are used to with micro four thirds cameras. The interesting question here will be if they can make these prime lenses F/1.0 without compromising too much on the size of the lenses.
Olympus bodies are quite small to what most photographers are used to, so if you have to slap a huge lens on the front of the camera it becomes a comically terrible situation. It will be quite interesting to see what comes of this rumor over the next year.
I know many who just rave about the Olympus system. A set of lenses like this could do wonders to help bring more into the fold. Time shall tell…
What are your thoughts on this rumor? Would you like to see some F/1.0 primes added to your Olympus kit? Leave a comment below and let us know!