This new lens replaces the 14-150 mm f/4.0-5.6 released in June 2010.
The new lens also features ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating on the surface of the lens to eliminate scratches as well as reduce ghosting and lens flare, even in very bright situations.
Closest focusing is 20 inches (approx. 13 inches from the end of the lens). A maximum shooting magnification of 0.22x (35mm equivalent: 0.44x) is possible with close-up photography.
The 14-150 mm lens features an internal focusing system utilizing an MSC mechanism making high-speed, silent autofocus possible. The manual focusing mechanism is designed to offer a responsive feel, with what Olympus says is the perfect amount of resistance to enable smooth, precise operation.
Olympus has also developed a professional-grade lens filter for the lens. The PRF-D58 PRO is a lightweight, thin protective filter, created with double-sided, multi-coating and blackened glass edges to suppress ghosting and lens flare. The pouch-style LSC-0914 lens case is designed with a three-layer construction to offer additional protection.
The M.Zuiko Digital 14-150 mm f/4.0-5.6 II lens will be available in March at an estimated street price of $599.99.