Olympus has patented a PRO-series lens with a focal length of 500mm, maximum aperture of f/4, and built-in optical image stabilization technology.
Recently, we have reported the fact that Olympus has delayed the launch of the 300mm f/4 PRO super-telephoto prime lens in order to add an image stabilization system into the optic.
The development of this lens was confirmed in early 2014, but the product is not out, yet, so the rumors have made sense. Furthermore, a patent detailing a 300mm f/4 IS PRO lens has been revealed and it has made a lot of people think that the reports are accurate.
Meanwhile, another Olympus patent has appeared on the web. The Japan-based company has just patented the M.Zuiko Digital ED 500mm f/4 IS PRO lens, another super-telephoto prime with built-in IS technology.
Olympus patents PRO-series 500mm f/4 IS lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras
After hearing numerous complaints from Micro Four Thirds users regarding the state of the telephoto lenses, it seems like Olympus will take care of this situation. The company has just patented a super-telephoto prime optic with a focal length of 500mm.
The Olympus 500mm f/4 IS PRO lens announces itself as a monster lens that will offer a 35mm focal length equivalent of 1000mm, thus becoming a must-have optic for wildlife photographers.
Olympus 500mm f/4 IS PRO lens patent description
The patent description is stating that the Olympus 500mm f/4 IS PRO lens will be made out of 17 elements in 14 groups with one Super ED element and one ED element. The optic would employ an optical image stabilization system and an inner focusing mechanism among others.
This optic would have a length of about 337mm, according to the application. It is worth noting that the patent was filed on October 22, 2013 and it was approved on June 6, 2015.
All future Olympus telephoto lenses may employ built-in image stabilization technology
The rumor mill said that the 300mm f/4 PRO unit was delayed due to the fact that the IS technology in Olympus cameras was not performing at high standards. As a result, the company must add IS into the lens in order to make a difference for Micro Four Thirds users.
Judging by the fact that the 500mm f/4 PRO version also has built-in image stabilization, it is very likely that the gossip talks speak the truth. Either way, Olympus users should know that both lenses may be many months away from being released. Stay tuned to find out!