Olympus Publishes Micro 4/3 Lens Roadmap

November 6, 2009 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | 3 Comments | |
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Olympus has published a roadmap for its Micro Four Thirds lens releases over the next two years. Apart from the existing two lenses and the two zooms planned for 2010, there are four lenses planned for spring 2011. These include a telephoto zoom and three primes including a 50mm macro, an 8mm fisheye and a wide-angle lens whose exact focal length is hard to determine from the roadmap. Currently, there are two Olympus-branded Micro Four Thirds lenses available, including a 14-42mm zoom and a 17mm “pancake”, plus one Leica- and five Lumix-branded optics, with two more Lumix lenses coming, according to Panasonic.

Source: Olympus PEN Micro Four Thirds Lens Roadmap [PDF]

Existing Micro Four Thirds Lenses

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (collapsible)
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 (pancake)
Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4
Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 (pancake)
Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. (stabilised)
Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. (stabilised)
Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. (stabilised)
Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 MEGA O.I.S. (stabilised)

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#1 Korean Ginseng

Fifty years ago, Olympus came up with the Pen-series of half-frame film cameras. These cameras were well known for their design, compact size, and photo quality, and ended up selling over 17 million units. The most significant of these models was the PenF, released in 1963. The PenF was the world's first and only interchangeable lens half-frame camera, with twenty F. Zuiko lenses to choose from. In case you're wondering why they were called "Pen", Olympus says it was because "it was small enough to carry with you at all times, with the ability to easily record the events of daily life". Sounds good to me.

8:32 am - Saturday, November 7, 2009

#2 Rupert StClair

Thanks for the info! Any ideas if there is a similar thing for Nikon?

KG: Thanks for the interesting fact! Can't say I knew why it is called the "pen series

3:42 pm - Saturday, November 7, 2009

#3 ds r4

Thanks for sharing information.it;s really very useful to us..

5:25 am - Monday, November 9, 2009