The Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 lens has been unveiled, becoming the first M.Zuiko Digital ED Micro Four Thirds optic of the “Pro” series.
Olympus is having a hard time returning to more profitable ways and the company is attempting to do that by launching a high-end Micro Four Thirds camera, called E-M1.
The OM-D E-M1 is now official and it is ready to take on professional DSLRs with its impressive features, such as 16.3-megapixel sensor without an optical low-pass filter, on-sensor Phase Detection AF, 5-axis image stabilization, tilting touchscreen, and a built-in electronic viewfinder.
Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 lens officially announced as the first “Pro” Micro Four Thirds optic
The E-M1 is not the only product which has been introduced by Olympus. In order to make the camera a worthy flagship device, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro zoom lens has been announced, too.
It is the first of its kind and it is dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof, similar to the OM-D E-M1. The “PRO” series will only consist of high-quality optics that are capable of raising the bar when compared to its rivals.
New construction and design for a brand new lens
Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens is made out of 14 elements, including two aspherical ones, divided into nine groups. Beside a manual focus ring, the camera is also packing an aperture one, allowing photographers to control this setting from the lens itself.
Furthermore, a special Fn button is found on the lens, whose functionality can be manually set by the user.
The optic sports a filter thread of 62mm and a diameter of 70mm. Its total length stretches out to 84mm, while the weight reaches 382 grams.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro zoom lens release date and price details
The new Olympus 12-40mm lens will provide a 35mm equivalent of 24-80mm. Its maximum aperture of f/2.8 is available throughout the focal length range and it should add more bokeh to your photos.
Either way, the minimum aperture stands at f/22 and it could be useful for landscape photographers. The minimum focusing distance is 20 centimeters, while the 0.3x magnification rate should be satisfactory for most users.
Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens set to be released in 2014
The Japanese company has also updated its lens roadmap. The list includes three lenses, but two of them remain unknown. They will be a wide-angle zoom model and a super telephoto unit, which could be unveiled next year.
On the other hand, the third lens is the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro telephoto zoom lens. It should be released by the end of 2014, the company says.
Additionally, it will be compatible with Micro Four Thirds shooters and will offer a generous 35mm format equivalent of 80-300mm.
From now on, there will be three types of Olympus lenses: Standard, Pro, and Premium. More details will be announced in the near future, as the company does not want to let it out all at once.