Three Olympus lenses

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Olympus has announced three new lenses, the new Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100 mm f/4.0 IS PRO, M.Zuiko Digital ED 25 mm f/1.2 PRO and M.Zuiko Digital ED 30 mm f/3.5 Macro.

oly-12-100The 12-100 mm (24-200 mm equivalent) is a compact, lightweight zoom lens that maintains a constant aperture of f/4.0 and incorporates powerful image stabilization (IS). The lens combines multiple special elements to produce a high magnification factor and excellent resolution. DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lenses, HR (high refractive index) lenses, and Super HR (super-high refractive index) lenses are combined to effectively correct aberration and minimize the number of lens elements in the configuration, reducing the overall length of the lens. By using multiple ED lenses, colour fringing that tends to appear in telephoto shooting is thoroughly reduced, maintaining high resolution and edge-to-edge sharpness across the entire zoom range.

The in-lens image stabilization works in concert with Olympus’ in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization of compatible OM-D and PEN camera bodies to create 5-Axis Sync IS, which the company says is the world’s most powerful image stabilization with 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance.

Minimum working distance is 1.5 cm and maximum shooting magnification is 0.6x at the 12 mm setting.

The lens features lightweight, weatherproof construction, providing dustproof, splash proof and freeze proof (down to 14°F/-10°C) performance.

This lens offers the same high-quality metal exterior design as the other lenses in the PRO series. It is equipped with the Manual Focus Clutch mechanism, which makes switching to manual focus possible by pulling the focusing ring toward you. The lens barrel features the Image Stabilization activation switch and the L-Fn button to pause autofocus or assign other custom settings.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100 mm f/4.0 IS PRO will be available in November for an estimated street price of $1599.99.

oly-25The M.Zuiko Digital ED 25 mm f/1.2 PRO (50 mm equivalent) boasts a superior optical design with 19 lens elements in 14 groups that thoroughly prevents aberration, distortion and fringing to achieve superb resolution and beautiful defocusing effects from its widest aperture setting, says the company.

The lens minimizes chromatic aberration at the plane of focus and beyond, creating a smooth transition from the subject to defocused backgrounds. Olympus says this design provides the perfect balance between high resolution and beautiful bokeh for a natural, three-dimensional appearance of the subject.

The 25 mm lens features a lightweight internal focusing mechanism that uses a single thin lens element for extremely fast and accurate focus point acquisition. The advanced MSC (movie and still compatible) autofocus mechanism provides virtually silent and smooth focusing and aperture performance.

The lens features dust-proof, splash-proof and freeze-proof (down to 14°F/-10°C) construction.

Colour bleeding (on-axis chromatic aberration) is suppressed by using a Super ED lens and two ED lenses. When combined with the colour-canceling effects of an E-HR (special high refractive index) lens and HR (high refractive index) lens, peripheral colour bleeding (magnification chromatic aberration) is effectively corrected. Z Coating Nano lens coating technology maintains sharp, clear image quality. This advanced coating significantly reduces flare in backlit situations, optimizing shooting when strong light sources are present in the frame. Aspherical and high-resolution lenses placed near the aperture effectively correct comatic aberration. These elements enable both the brightness of f1.2 and a high level of optical performance, making it possible to capture points of light without distortion.

This lens has the same metal exterior design as the other lenses in the PRO series. It is equipped with the Manual Focus Clutch mechanism. A depth of field scale is included on the lens for pan focusing. And the L-Fn button on the lens barrel allows you to pause autofocus and assign other custom settings.

Minimum focusing distance is 30 cm (working distance of 19.5 cm) and maximum shooting magnification is 0.11x.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 25 mm f/1.2 PRO will be available this month for an estimated street price of $1,499.99.

The third new lens, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30 mm f/3.5 Macro (60 mm equivalent) is a premium lens designed for exceptional optical performance and image quality in a lightweight compact form. Maximum image magnification is 2.5x, with a minimum focusing distance of 95 mm (14 mm from the end of the lens) and a minimum shooting field of 13.9 x 10.4 mm.

The lens offers an increase in focusing speed of 20 to 30 percent over previous Olympus macro lenses. It is equipped with an MSC (movie and still compatible) mechanism for practically silent and smooth autofocus and aperture operation for both still shots and video.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 30 mm f/3.5 Macro lens will be available in black this month with an estimated street price of $399.99.

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