Whenever I am at the track I also want more reach from my lens, to get that little closer to the action. So I was very happy when Olympus announced the new 100-400MM F5.0-6.3 lens for the Mirco Four Thirds system.
I was even happier when the lens arrived last week. I will be giving it its first real test this coming Sunday when I head to Donington Park for the BMCRC-MRO bike event (on a side note it looks like the track has opened up more of the infield so hoping to get some people shots as well).
I have managed to get out and about with the lens over the last few days and my first impressions are very good. The lens is not classed as a Pro lens but the build quality and feel of the lens lend themselves to the Pro label. I know Olympus is releasing a new 150-400MM F4.5 pro lens this year but I think that will be out the range of most photographers and I am betting on a £3000 to £4000 price tag on that lens when it's released.
The lens is weather-sealed and works (bonus) with the 1.4 and 2x teleconverters giving you an 800MM lens (1600MM full frame) which can be shot handheld, all be it with an f13 Minimum aperture.
The lens has a close focus of 1.3 meters which means it is ideal for use photographing insects, flowers etc. So not a real Macro lens but useful when out and about and that close focus does not change when the teleconverters are add!
The sharpness of the images is brilliant even at 400MM, yes you do loose quality when adding the teleconverters but that is to be expected.
I can't wait to use this at the track on Sunday but here are some images (non motorsport as well!) from the lens shot on the EM1 Mk2 and a first impressions video.
First impression video and a sample video of the moon below.
See the full res images and all the exif data on my flickr album - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmQnyMri