Also, Olympus announced today two new lenses and a potential ship date of the 150-400 Pro. That lens is finally going to be shipping in the winter. I can’t wait to try one. I can’t wait to see what the price will be either. It will definitely be an exotic lens out there and I’m fairly sure it will retain its value in the aftermarket. We just won’t be seeing lots of them.
The 8-25mm Pro lens I am very excited about. F/4…and hopefully small and takes filters. We don’t know yet…but that is my guess. And a longer macro lens will be a nature hit. Long macros just aren’t that common, but definitely desired for the working distance they offer. The 30 and 60mm macro are stellar, I expect no less from the coming one.
Bird tracking is coming to the EM1X as well. That should be interesting. As the plane mode often works decently on birds too. I wonder what else is in the works.
There is also a webcam tether utility that Olympus released. OMD Webcam software is available on their support page. It is still in beta, and it is windows only, and it doesn’t record sound unless you hook up one of their recorders. Honestly, you can get an HDMI capture dongle and send a clean signal out of the OMD cameras anyways and use it like a webcam. That works too. I’m sure their solution is convenient because it uses the existing connection and you don’t need HDMI or a capture device…but no sound and windows only at the moment will definitely be a drawback for some. Curious to see what the final can do.
You know, it’s a shame if Olympus goes down in the long run…what a robust lens lineup we have at the moment. None of the competitors can really offer the same in mirrorless yet as a whole.
Here is the press release text for the releases:
OLYMPUS UNVEILS UPDATED M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL LENS ROADMAP
Provides Updates on the Development of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400 F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO Lens and Announces the Development of Firmware to Support Bird Subject Detection Autofocus for the OM-D® E-M1X
Center Valley, PA, July 2, 2020 – Olympus is pleased to announce an updated M.Zuiko Digital lens roadmap, outlining plans to expand the M.Zuiko lens lineup and including an update of anticipated availability of the previously announced M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO super telephoto zoom lens with built-in 1.25x teleconverter.
The upcoming M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens, for which development was announced in January 2019, continues with an estimated scheduled release of winter 2020. This is the first Olympus® interchangeable lens with a built-in 1.25x teleconverter, extending the maximum focal length to 1000mm1 (35mm equivalent). Final images of the lens are now available.
Two new lenses, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm F4.0 PRO lens, as well as an unspecified macro lens, will join the M.Zuiko lineup as part of Olympus’ commitment to broaden the field of photographic expression. Olympus will continue enhancing its lens lineup to maximize the unrivaled system portability made possible by the compact, lightweight, high image quality of the Micro Four Thirds® System.
Furthermore, to make super telephoto shooting more convenient and to fulfill the growing needs of birding and wildlife photographers, development is underway to newly add Bird Detection capability to Olympus’ Intelligent Subject Detection Autofocus on the OM-D E-M1X camera. This new feature will be available for the E-M1X via a firmware update that is scheduled for release in Winter 2020.
1 When using the built-in teleconverter. Widest aperture setting is F5.6.