Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS is a newly announced lens from Olympus. If you’re looking for a super-zoom lens for, say, wildlife or sports, looks like this one could be the right choice. Since it’s compatible with Olympus’ 1.4x and 2x teleconverters, you can get up to 1600mm equivalent focal length with this lens.
The Olympus 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 IS lens was added to the Olympus lens roadmap in November 2019, and in April of this year, an official release announcement was rumoured. It was rumoured again in July not long after it was announced that Olympus is selling up to JIP. While there still doesn’t seem to have been an official announcement, it seems like it’s well on its way.
Now, photos of the new lens have leaked, courtesy of 43Rumors, including at least one showing it in use in the wild. Several others are promotional images, and there’s also one image showing some specifications.
It’s been in development for a while, but now Tamron have officially announced the 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (model A035) lens. It’s an ultra-telephoto for full frame Nikon and Canon DSLRs. It comes with built in vibration control offering up to 4 stops of stabilisation. Handy when you’re at 400mm.
Tamron boast that the new lens is “the lightest in its class”, while offering fast and precise autofocus performance. It features magnesium alloy components to reduce the weight while keeping strength. It’s also weather and dust sealed, with lens coatings designed specifically to protect against dust, dirt and smearing.
You know it’s going to be a good Spring when you get to test drive two new lenses in a row. So far it’s shaping up to be a good Spring indeed, having just wrapped up my thoughts on the new Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art Series lens, I now find that I get to take the new Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary Lens out for a spin.
The freshly minted copy I received had a Canon EF mount on it, so it got to spend some quality time mated up to a Canon 5D Mark IV. As they say in the restaurant industry, nice pairing.
Well, if Sony are introducing a new Alpha A9 camera aimed at sports and wildlife shooters, you just know they’re going to announce a lens to go with it. And that they have, with the new FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6GM OSS lens.
It’s a full frame lens, featuring a double linear motor and Direct Drive Super Sonic wave Motor to keep it quick, accurate and quiet. Advantageous for both sports, wildlife, and video shooting. Sony claim it has “corner to corner” sharpness. Although, on a variable aperture zoom, I’ll wait until I can see the results for myself.