M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro & M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8

February 8, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | 10 Comments |
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Olympus has announced the development of two new prime lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 is a telemacro lens with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1. Housed in a dust- and splashproof body, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro is designed to complement the similarly rugged Olympus OM-D camera (but can, of course, also be mounted to any other Micro Four Thirds body). The M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 (pictured) is an ultra-bright telephoto lens with a full-metal exterior, designed primarily for portraiture, indoor sports and low-light photography. Mock-ups of both lenses will be on display at the CP+ Photo and Camera Imaging Show in Yokohama, Japan from 9-12 February. The prices and precise launch dates will be announced later in the year.

Olympus Press Release

Olympus to expand high-grade Micro Four Thirds lens system

New bright & macro MFT lenses to launch in 2012
Olympus duo target portrait and close-up enthusiasts

Hamburg, 8 February 2012 – The ever-expanding family of Micro Four Thirds camera owners will have two new super-high quality lenses to choose from in 2012: the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm 1:1.8 lens for portraits and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro lens for fans of nature photography.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm 1:1.8
The large aperture of this very bright lens is ideal for low-light photography and high-speed indoor sports. An excellent choice for studio shots, it also allows Micro Four Thirds owners to capture radiant portraits. While the build quality matches the very high standard set by the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2, its elegant, full-metal design complements top-notch MFT cameras like Olympus’ new OM-D and PEN series. 

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
A perfect first add-on for owners of the new high-end Olympus OM-D camera, this specialist close-up lens is housed in a robust dust- and splashproof body for worry-free shooting in rough conditions outdoors. Detailed macros of plants and animals come beautifully to life with maximum 1:1* magnification at a focusing distance as close as 19cm.

Mock-ups** of both lenses will be available at the CP+ Photo and Camera Imaging Show in Yokohama, Japan from February 9 to 12, 2012. The price and precise launch dates will be available later in the year.

* Equivalent to 2:1 in 35mm equivalent.
** The mock-ups will not necessarily show the final design.

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#1 Ram

While the 75mm f/1.8 is definitely a superb lens, I would have expected the macro lens to be 100mm rather than 60mm. But thats only my opinion. Apart from that I think the lenses are going to real gems.

Ram

6:28 am - Wednesday, February 8, 2012

#2 dj

WOW!----nice lenses!! --i want that 75mm!

6:43 am - Wednesday, February 8, 2012

#3 we

@Ram: 60mm/2.8 on a MFT is actually 120mm/2.8 equivalent.

3:39 pm - Wednesday, February 8, 2012

#4 frelwa

@Ram is wrong. This new Olympus 60mm micro 4/3 lens is exactly 60mm. It's not a 35mm 60mm lens on a micro 4/3 adapter as he seems to think.

4:10 am - Sunday, February 12, 2012

#5 Japan

It's a 120mm f/2.8 equivalent. I'm curious about the 75mm f/1.8. Will it be better then the 45mm f/1.8?

6:05 pm - Thursday, April 19, 2012

#6 frelwa

Wrong again. The 60mm macro is a native micro four thirds lens, not an adapted 35mm lens. Therefore, 60mm means 60mm, not 120mm equivalent. However, Japan is right about the aperture isn't of a 35mm lens that's used with an adaptor on a micro four thirds camera. The smaller sensor doesn't change the aperture value.

6:44 pm - Thursday, April 19, 2012

#7 frelwa

Oops. My second sentence doesn't make sense. Remove the word "isn't" from it..

6:46 pm - Thursday, April 19, 2012

#8 frelwa

Big oops! My brain slipped a gear, so ignore my stupid posts. @ram and Japan are right. the new Olympus lenses are equivalent to lenses of full frame cameras with twice their focal length. Therefore the Oly 12mm = 24mm, 45mm = 90mm, 60mm = 120mm etc.

Sorry :(

7:18 pm - Thursday, April 19, 2012

#9 Japan

It's okay, we all make mistakes.

3:26 pm - Saturday, April 21, 2012

#10 Thomas A. Fog

So sorry to be a few months late but...
Don't be too sorry, frelwa. An M 4/3 60mm IS a 60mm all right, BUT the view angle is halved and so - the equivalent to 120mm. It is within these 120mm the lens behaves like a full frame 60 mm does. So it is through the entire range of M 4/3 optics.

11:57 am - Tuesday, September 4, 2012