Olympus Launches New PRO Lens Category

Olympus has announced a new M.Zuiko PRO lens category for the Micro Four Thirds System, with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO the first lens to be released.

 The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens. (Source: Olympus.)

The new lenses will offer high optical quality combined with dust- and splash-proof construction. Scheduled for release in November, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens is a large-aperture standard zoom lens covering focal lengths equivalent to 24-80 on a 35mm camera. The optical construction includes 14 elements in nine groups, with two aspherical and one aspherical ED lenses, two ED lenses, two HR lenses, one DSA lens and one HD lens. The closest focusing distance is 20 cm, which provides a maximum magnification of 0.3x.

It has a constant maximum aperture throughout its zoom range and is equipped with the proprietary MSC (movie & Still Compatible) autofocusing mechanism plus a manual clutch and a distance scale. This lens weighs only 382 grams and is 84 mm long with a diameter of 69.6 mm. It takes 62 mm filters and will be supplied with a lens hood.  Recommended retail price for this lens will be AU$1199.
 

The up-coming M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens, which is due for release in the second half of 2014. (Source: Olympus.)

Olympus has also announced the development of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens, a telephoto zoom with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture and dust- and splash-proof construction. This lens will be the high-performance version of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 lens with professional optics in a compact and lightweight body. It is scheduled for release in the second half of 2014.