Although its development was announced a few months back, not much more has been mentioned about Olympus’ upcoming beast of a telezoom lens – the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO. Well, that is until now as a video has surfaced giving photographers a teaser of just how powerful this lens is.
The video, created in part to make up for the cancelled CP+ show, covers a fair amount of subjects, but also touches upon some demos showing the how the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO can be paired with the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20 extender and the 2x crop factor from Olympus’ Micro Four-Thirds sensor to deliver that 2000mm focal length.
One slide from the video shows how Olympus staff took shots of Mount Fuji, all from the comfort of an Olympus facility 67km away (that’s 42 miles!). Another sequence shows a shot taken of the moon from the same location – delivering a hugely detailed and frame-filling capture.
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO is sure to be a hit with both wildlife photographers, eager to exploit the huge focal length and astro photographers who want to get closer to their celestial subjects. When paired with the MC-20 extender, the maximum aperture drop from f/4 to f/5.6 but the optics boasts IS (Image Stabilisation) technology.
Given the current situation with cancelled trade shows there’s no firm information on a release date or price-tag for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO but Olympus has confirmed the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter, MC-20 is scheduled for a summer release.