World's brightest fish-eye? Olympus launches new pro lensesEditor - 12th May 2015
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.
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
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
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.
Available: July 2015
- 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).