This is The Digital Story Podcast #607, Oct. 31, 2017. Today's theme is "The Thrill of Fast Primes." I'm Derrick Story.
The best news to come out of Photo Plus Expo for me was the announcement of the new Olympus PRO f/1.2 primes. But Olympus isn't the only one pushing the wide aperture envelope. Fast primes by Fujifilm and other mirrorless camera makers are boosting not only capability, but price and bulk as well. And they are to subject of today's podcast.
The Thrill of Fast Primes
Bigger optics with hefty price tags are the current trend in mirrorless cameras. In many ways, I view these new offerings as the maturation of this product category, not only for Olympus, but Sony, Fujifilm, and Panasonic too. Pros and enthusiasts alike can use these cameras and lenses for their work. Mirrorless has grown up.
What this means for me as a fan of micro four thirds, is that I have tantalizing options for lens selection. I can go compact with modest f/1.8 maximum apertures, or go super fast at f/1.2. So how do I choose? Well first let's take a look at five of these tempting lenses by our favorite manufacturers.
- Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens ($899) - 85mm (35mm Equivalent), f/1.2 to f/16, 14.29 oz (405 g).
- Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens ($1,798) - f/1.4 to f/16, 1.80 lb (820 g).
- Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. len ($1,597.99) - 85mm (35mm Equivalent), Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16, 14.99 oz (425 g)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO lens ($1,199.00) Will be available in late Nov. 90mm (35mm Equivalent), Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16, 14.46 oz (410 g)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO lens ($1,199.00) Will be available in Jan. 2018, 34mm (35mm Equivalent), Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16, 13.76 oz (390 g)
So now, just by way of comparison, let's pick the fast optic that I'm most interested in, the 45mm f/1.2. It measures 2.76 x 3.34" (70 x 84.9 mm) and weighs 14.46 oz (410 g). It has a 9 blade aperture. The smaller Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8 lens has a seven blade aperture, costs only $399, weighs in at 4.09 oz (116 g), and measures 2.20 x 1.81" (56 x 46 mm). That's quite a difference.
The bottom line is this, regardless if you're a nimble photographer or pro who needs the very best, mirrorless now provides options for both.
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