World's brightest fish-eye? Olympus launches new pro lenses

Editor - 12th May 2015

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Olympus has added two new professional-level Micro Four Thirds lenses to its rapidly expanding M.ZUIKO PRO flagship range: the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO.

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Considering the Micro Four Thirds crop factor of 2x, this new duo means the M.ZUIKO PRO family now offers professional and semi-pro photographers, as well as ambitious enthusiasts, five dedicated lenses for the entire focal range – from 14mm super wide angle to 300mm super telephoto in the 35mm equivalent.

Olympus said: “For professionals and high-achieving non-professionals alike, low weight is one of the PRO’s most appealing features. By combining several PRO lenses with lightweight, compact Micro Four Thirds camera bodies, they can put together a fully equipped system that could weigh just half of the equivalent kit for a DSLR.”

Key Selling Points of Range

  • Covering a focal length range of 35mm equivalent 14mm wide-angle to 300mm super telephoto
  • Lightweight, compact construction for fast, nimble shooting with MFT cameras
  • Dust, splash and freeze-proof for highest reliability in challenging conditions
  • Ultimate edge-to-edge image quality helped along by ZERO coating technology that keeps ghosts and flares to a minimum level
  • Professional performance due to rigorous testing and build quality.

Key Selling Points of Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO

 

  • The ‘world’s first’ 1:1.8 Fisheye lens
  • Opens up a new world of creative photography, deal for unique, quirky panoramas, sports action and close-ups taken from the widest of angles
  • Unparalleled optical performance from the centre to the periphery of the image
  • 17 lens elements in 15 groups to diminish peripheral chromatic and comatic aberration (1 aspherical lens, 3 Super ED lenses, 2 ED lenses, 1 Super HR Lens,
  • 2 HR lenses)
  • Min. focusing distance: 2.5 cm (from end of lens)
  • Max. image magnification: 0.2x
  • Dimensions: 62 mm (diameter) x 80 mm (length)
  • Weight: 315g

Key Selling Points of Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO

  • ‘Outstanding’ optical performance even at maximum aperture
  • 14 lens elements in 11 groups diminish peripheral chromatic and comatic aberration (2 Aspherical ED lenses, 1 DSA lens, 1 aspherical lens, 3 Super ED lenses, 1 ED lens, 2 HR lenses)
  • Manual focus clutch and L-Fn button to instantly switch shooting styles
  • Min. focusing distance: 7.5 cm (from end of lens)
  • Max. image magnification: 0.12x
  • Dimensions: 78,9 mm (diameter) x 105,8 mm (length)
  • Weight: 534g

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RRP:

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO is priced at £799.99

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO is priced at £999.99

Available:

From June 2015

New Accessory – Dome Port

Together with these two new lenses, Olympus is introducing a new accessory for advanced underwater photography with the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO. The ‘extremely compact’ PPO-EP02 Dome Port perfectly matches the size of the new Fisheye lens, and it’s dedicated optical design brings out the lenses best macro performance, even underwater.

RRP: £699.99

Available: July 2015

Current Accessories

  • CBG-10 Compact Camera Bag for carrying three M.ZUIKO PRO lenses plus a compact interchangeable lens camera body, with minimum bulk
  • PPO-EP02 Compact Waterproof Dome Lens Port to bring the best out of the Fisheye PRO lens underwater (in combination with an Underwater Case).

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