The Japanese website Newswitch published an interview with Olympus executive officer Shigemi Sugimoto.
From the interview, “A super telephoto lens that reaches 1000mm in full frame equivalent is under development, and it will reach 2000mm with a 2x teleconverter.”
As you might remember back in June, Olympus has officially announced the 2X teleconverter MC-20 (Adorama | B&H) that is compatible with the company’s 40-150mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/4 Pro lenses. The M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20 will also compatible with the 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro which is currently under development.
You can check out the recap from the interview that mentions the Olympus 500mm MFT lens.
New Olympus 500mm MFT Lens is in development
- In 2018 Olympus could not launch more new products because of their factory relocation
- Olympus wants to continue to launch new cameras in the entry, middle and high-end level
- A new super-telephoto lens that reaches 1000mm in full-frame equivalent is under development and it will reach 2000mm with a 2x teleconverter (basically a new Olympus 500mm MFT lens)
- The real value of MTF lies in mobility and image stabilization… that’s about it
- The Olympus PEN cameras have been very week received by women.
- Olympus is considering automating lens production. There are many areas that require high-precision work and it is difficult to replace with robots.
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