Olympus has patented a 12-150mm f/4-6.3 lens with built-in image stabilization technology aimed at videographers using Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Companies need to patent their products before releasing them on the market. Olympus is doing a fairly good job in this department and it seems like the Japan-based company has just patented a new lens.
The Olympus 12-150mm f/4-6.3 IS lens patent has been discovered in the manufacturer’s home country. Although this does not necessarily means that the product will be released on the market, we have seen a number of patents becoming a reality in recent times, so we should not write off this model for now.
Olympus 12-150mm f/4-6.3 IS lens patented in Japan
Most companies making cameras and lenses are based in Japan. It is natural for the manufacturers to apply for patents in their home country.
As stated above, the latest patent describes an Olympus 12-150mm f/4-6.3 IS lens. Although Olympus is rumored to launch a mirrorless camera with a full frame sensor at the Photokina 2014, this particular lens is aimed at mirrorless shooters with Micro Four Thirds image sensors.
This will become an all-round lens as it provides wide to telephoto angles of view. In other words, it will be perfect for travel photographers who need an all-in-one solution to meet all their photography requirements.
The optic comes with integrated image stabilization technology, compensating for camera shakes in the absence of a tripod. However, the patent is hinting at some video-related features, so this could also be aimed at videographers.
Olympus ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 is a similar lens and it could be replaced by the newly-patented model
Olympus is already selling a similar lens in the body of the ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6. This model offers a brighter aperture at the telephoto end, but the advantages of the new model consist of a wider angle of view and the IS system.
If it becomes available as a replacement for the 14-150mm model, then the Olympus 12-150mm f/4-6.3 IS lens will provide a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-300mm.
Meanwhile, the 14-150mm version is available at Amazon for around $600 and it offers a 35mm equivalent of 28-300mm when mounted onto Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Although a lot of patented products become official, it is too early to speak about an announcement. Take this story with a pinch of salt and wait for more details before jumping into conclusions.