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Olympus has announced it is developing a 7-14mm (14-28mm eq.) f/2.8 and a 300mm (600mm eq.) f/4 lens for Micro Four Thirds. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO will compete directly with Panasonic's 7-14mm f/4 lens, while offering a full stop faster maximum aperture; and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:4 PRO will be the first dedicated AF prime in the Micro Four Thirds sytem to offer 600mm equivalent telephoto reach. Both lenses will have a splash- and dustproof construction for use in adverse weather conditions and dusty locales. Mock-ups of the lenses will be shown at the Camera & Photo Imaging Show CP+ starting this Thursday.
Olympus Press Release
Development of Olympus’s Micro Four Thirds lens system
Two additional M.ZUIKO PRO lenses to launch from 2015 onwards
London, February 12 2014 – Olympus is pleased to announce the development of two new lenses in the M.ZUIKO PRO series: the wide-angle zoom lens M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO and the super telephoto lens M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm 1:4 PRO. Both lenses conform to the Micro Four Thirds system standard. Mock-ups* of the lenses will be shown at the Camera & Photo Imaging Show CP+ starting Thursday, February 13, 2014 in Japan. With the addition of these two lenses the M.ZUIKO PRO series will cover the entire range from super wide angle to super telephoto.
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO lens
The new splash and dust-proof M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO is the first wide-angle zoom lens in the M.ZUIKO PRO series to cover 14-28mm**. The compact and lightweight design of this new Micro Four Thirds lens portrays its well-known ZUIKO quality alongside excellent depictive power and superb edge-to-edge clarity.
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm 1:4 PRO lens
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm 1:4 PRO is the first fixed focus super telephoto lens in the M.ZUIKO PRO series with a 600mm** focal range. This portable lens offers top-level image quality in a dust and splash-proof housing making it perfect even for professional users.
Availability of all four M.ZUIKO PRO lenses
The first interchangeable lens of this series, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO is already available while its successor, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO, is scheduled to go on sale in the second half of 2014. The final two Olympus system lenses in the M.ZUIKO PRO quartet, covering everything from super wide angle to super telephoto, are currently under development. Both new lenses are scheduled to be released from 2015 onwards. More details will be announced prior to the launch.
* The mock-ups will not necessarily show the final design. ** 35mm equivalent.
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