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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO announced
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Quote:Regarding the ability of the various consumer optics firms, I would rate them something like the following:

 

1.  Zeiss - EUV litho and medical division for their aggressive utilization of freeform and aspheric optics

 

2.  ARRI - same reasons

 

3.  Canon - they seem to be miracle workers re: price/performance (10-18 stm etc) and also capable of very radical designs (11-24)

 

4.  Leica - Excellent use of aspheres, very good to excellent performance in extremely small sizes

 

5/6. Zeiss (ZE/Milvus/FE/etc) - not as good as they used to be but still offering top-notch lenses

 

5/6. Sigma - very good lenses of late

 

7.  Nikon - They're this far down for by and large being too conservative in the last decade+.  Simple lenses, average/good performance, expensive, not particularly small.

 

8.  Schneider - very good lenses, but extremely long development times.  Give a man 4 years to design a lens and almost anyone could produce something great by chance.

 

9.  Tamron - I may be being overly punitive because of sloppy construction on many/most lenses, but they have some excellent models like the new 35 and 45mm lenses in that regard.

 

10-xx Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji et al - I would never purchase a lens from any of these companies.  16% distortion in some models is simply inexcusable, very bad assembly quality, poor mechanics, and not particularly great performance out of any of them.
 

Interesting, thanks.  Where does Voigtländer and Pentax fit in that list?


This ranking of lens design, or design+execution?    
  


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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO announced - by Guest - 01-06-2016, 08:22 PM
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO announced - by Scythels - 01-08-2016, 06:45 PM
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO announced - by Scythels - 01-10-2016, 12:55 AM
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO announced - by dave9t5 - 01-10-2016, 10:11 AM
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO announced - by Scythels - 01-10-2016, 05:15 PM
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO announced - by Lassoni - 01-11-2016, 01:38 AM
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO announced - by Scythels - 01-11-2016, 03:06 AM
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO announced - by Scythels - 01-12-2016, 03:31 AM

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