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How does the size of the Oly 40-150/2.8 compare? It also looks fairly large. The Fuji 50-140/2.8 also looks nearly this large.
Yup. And it's why I won't be buying those lenses. I'm glad that there are smaller but still very high quality zooms in that range for both cameras. Sony should also release an f4-5.6 zoom in this range...but unlike most variable aperture telezooms, make it just as good optically as the f/4.
I'm not begrudging people this lens. If you want shallow depth if field in your zooms there's no way around physics. But I also know camera manufacturers and for full frame, high image quality usually means huge lenses, and this is a case in point. There are small primes, and that's great...but even those will be large as they get longer. It's just my preference. There are times the Fuji lenses are a little big for my taste, but they've done a good job keeping weight down, so I'm generally good, and the zooms are faster than normal, very high quality, but not so fast that they are giant. That's a strategy that resonates with me. The upcoming Fuji f/2.8 zooms just look way too big to me too, but there are smaller options for me if I'm willing to sacrifice a stop for weight, without sacrificing image quality.
Likewise with m4/3....I give up some sensor performance and depth of field for size, but not sharpness, quality if bokeh or color. It's a good trade for my needs. Other people have different needs and love carrying the heavy crap so they can get one eyelash in focus and that's fine too. I just don't feel the need for everything to be Full frame since I've been there and done that and my enjoyment of photography was less when I was carrying around that amount of weight. It's also why equivalence talk is so annoying. I'm using smaller formats and sacrificing depth of field intentionally for size. I don't need to hear that it doesn't have equivalent depth of field to a different full frame lens that I have no desire to use because of its size.
I think it's great options like this lens exist for users who want it....just seems that there may not be the good smaller versions to complement them. The 28-70 is pretty poor and still pretty large. In the topic of this lens, it looks very well built, it's probably good optically, and I think they priced it right where it should be.
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