Olympus patent shows off what could be the first super telephoto lens for MFT systems

by Gannon Burgett

posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 10:11 AM EDT

A new patent from Olympus shows off a 500mm f/4 (1000mm 35mm equivalent) telephoto lens for its Micro Four Thirds systems.

The patent, originally filed in October of 2013 and published earlier this month, details a super telephoto lens made up of 17 elements in 14 groups. Also present inside of the lens is an image stabilization group, for better capturing those long distance shots. 

Minimum focusing distance of the lens would be 2 meters (6.5 feet) and the angle of view would be roughly 2.6º. Below is an MFT chart displaying, from left to right, spherical aberration, astigmatism, distortion, chromatic aberration of magnification.

This would mark the first super telephoto lens for the Micro Four Thirds mount. To date, the longest focal length you can achieve, without extenders, is 300mm in both their 70-300mm F4.0–5.6 and ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II. Panasonic also offers a 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 lens. 

(via Egami)