Olympus has announced the development of two new PRO lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras, a wide-angle zoom and a telephoto prime.
When photographers look to buy lenses that offer superior optical quality for their Micro Four Thirds systems, they take a look at Leica’s offering. However, Olympus will soon have something to say about this, thanks to the M.Zuiko PRO line-up.
The Japan-based company has decided to expand this series by introducing two new models, that are also on display at the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2014 as of today.
Without further introduction, Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO and Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 PRO are the two new lenses aimed at professional photographers.
Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens announced for landscape photographers
The new Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens will offer a 35mm equivalent of 14-28mm. It has been designed for landscape photography, as it offers stunning “edge-to-edge” image clarity and sharpness.
This optic is small and lightweight, while another design trait consists of its ruggedness. The company says that the wide-angle zoom optic is both splashproof and dustproof, meaning that you can use it in rainy and dusty environments.
As you have probably noticed from its name, the 7-14mm lens has a constant maximum aperture throughout its zoom range. Having an f/2.8 aperture could prove to be useful in low-light conditions so nighttime photographers will definitely welcome it, too.
Olympus 300mm f/4 PRO lens promises to take you closer to the action as of 2015
The second product of the bunch is the Olympus 300mm f/4 PRO lens. It is a super telephoto optic which provides a 35mm equivalent of 600mm.
Image quality is said to be top-notch regardless of atmospheric conditions, as it is dustproof and splashproof, just like its smaller sibling. The lens will come packed with a tripod ring for better stabilization when mounting your gear on a tripod.
Both new Olympus M.Zuiko Digital PRO lenses will be released next year
Unfortunately, both the 7-14mm and 300mm lenses products have one major “flaw”: they are scheduled to become available for purchase in 2015.
It is unclear why Olympus has decided to officialize them so early in 2014. A possible explanation is that the company wants to keep photographers in the loop and to convince them to switch to Micro Four Thirds or not to switch to another format (if they already own an MFT camera).
Meanwhile, the Olympus PRO series is populated by only one lens for the time being: the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO which can be purchased at Amazon.
The second optic of the line-up is the 40-150mm f/2.8, which will become available sometime during the second half of 2014.