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Confirmed : Olympus 500mm MFT lens in Development

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In an interview with the Shigemi Sugimoto from Olympus at Japanese website Newsswitch, it is almost confirmed that a new Olympus 500mm MFT lens in development.

Olympus has a patent filed back in 2015 that describes the Olympus 500mm f/4.0 IS lens.  From the interview, “A super telephoto lens that reaches 1000mm in full frame equivalent is under development, and it will reach 2000mm with a 2x teleconverter.”

As you might remember back in June, Olympus has officially announced the 2X teleconverter MC-20 (Adorama | B&H) that is compatible with the company’s 40-150mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/4 Pro lenses. The M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20 will also compatible with the 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro which is currently under development.

You can check out the recap from the interview below which mentions the Olympus 500mm MFT lens.

  • In 2018 we couldn’t launch new products  because of the factory relocation
  • The policy is now to announce multiple lenses every year from this year.
  • We will continue to launch cameras in three areas: entry, middle and high end level.
  • A super telephoto lens that reaches 1000mm in FF terms is under development, and it will reach 2000mm with a 2x teleconverter
  •  True value of MTF lies in scenes where mobility, image stabilization, and tripods cannot be used. It is possible to provide photos with a high degree of freedom that cannot be achieved by other companies.
  • E-M1X has introduced many of the world’s first technologies.
  • The PEN series has been highly acclaimed by women. The point is how to fight in the mature mirrorless market.
  • We are considering automating lens production. There are many areas that require high-precision work and are difficult to replace with robots. Combination with hand action is also difficult.

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