Olympus M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100 mm F 4.0 IS PRO Interview

DC.Watch interviewed Toshihiko Sugimoto about the Olympus M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100 mm F 4.0 IS PRO

  • Olympus focused on 3 f/2.8 Pro zoom lenses first. The 7-14mm, 12-40mm, and 40-150mm due to customer demand, before addressing the creation of a f/4 Pro zoom, which customers were also asked for.
  • They didn’t think they could produce a value f/4 worth owning so they produced a high magnification zoom that would enhance mobility.
  • 5-axis dual image stabilization was planned from the beginning to maximize performance with the OM-D EM1 Mark II
  • They could have made it a f/2.8, but then the advantages of m43 would have been lost, due to the size of the lens.
  • This lens is designed for high-end professionals and amateur.
  • Olympus doesn’t think the lens is expensive because it can replace two lenses.
  • Sales are strong
  • There is a technical explanation for how the lens elements work together in the interview that is lengthy if you’re interested under the first heading.
  • Olympus is manufacturing their own aspherical elements
  • They manufacture their own elements so the company knows how to do it and can improve their technology
  • Raising the effect of camera shake correction by one stop requires twice as much performance, which is why 5.5 + 5.0 stops of correction becomes 6.5 stops
  • The interview then goes into a lot of detail about the image stabilization system that is largely irrelivant

Via DC.Watch

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