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Old 09-01-2010, 04:30 PM
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Default Olympus Announced "Black" E-P2 Kit and Two Micro Four Thirds Telephoto Lenses

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.dcresource.com/news/newsitem.php?id=4178' target='_blank'>http://www.dcresource.com/news/news...tem.php?id=4178</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Olympus has announced a special "all black" kit for their E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera, and also released two new lenses while they were at it."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1283352555.usr15670.jpg" style="border: 0;" /></p><p>So Olympus has announced what essentially is a vanity kit for their E-P2 camera, and more interestingly, two new lenses. The new all-black kit doesn't come with the detacheable EVF, which I find more important than having all black accessories, but hey, I guess vanity has a price, and in this case it is a grand.</p><p>The two new lenses are telephoto zooms; there's the US$300 40-150/4-5.6 (to mimick the now very standard consumer 70-300mm zoom) and the US$900 (!) 75-300/4.8-6.7. While Olympus touts the latter as the smallest "600mm" lens, I can't help but think that for the price and the slow aperture, Olympus has made one too many compromise in making it smaller, but not small; compare Nikon's new 55-300/4-5.6 at 3.1" by 4.84" against the Olympus at 2.76" by 4.57". The Nikkor needs to make space for the VR motors as well as cover a larger imaging circle, and costs less than half the price. This is probably why all manufacturers are scrambling towards mirrorless I guess; potentially cheaper construction yet higher sale prices! Photos of the lenses after the break.<MORE /><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1283352629.usr15670.jpg" style="border: 0;" /></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1283352695.usr15670.jpg" style="border: 0;" /></p>
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:04 PM
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In fact, there are two all black kits: one with the black 17 2.8 pancake lens (previously only availble in silver) and black flash, and the other with that black lens and the detachable EVF. Both a bit more than $ 1000. And as a happy PEN owner, I'm so not going to buy that 75-300 lens....
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:29 AM
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Especially when Panasonic has a 100-300/4-5.6 in the works. Though I wonder if it's going to be even more expensive!
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