Olympus has officially announced the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO weather-resistant lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras at Photokina 2014.
The development of the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens was confirmed a long time ago. The optic is now ready to become the second PRO-series model after the 12-40mm f/2.8, launched back in 2013.
These optics are high-grade lenses with durable constructions aimed at professional photographers. Olympus has confirmed that this telephoto zoom lens is weather-resistant and that it will be released on the market towards the end of this fall.
Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens unveiled for Micro Four Thirds cameras
Olympus has revealed that the first “PRO” telephoto zoom lens is dustproof, freezeproof, and splashproof, allowing photographers to use it in harsh environmental conditions.
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO is an outdoor lens that offers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 80-300mm.
One of its main advantages is that it maintains a constant maximum aperture throughout the zoom range. The aperture is also very bright, standing at f/2.8, so it is perfect for low-light photography.
Focus faster with the dual linear Voice Coil Motor
The Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens has been unveiled as the first optic in the world to have a dual linear Voice Coil Motor (VCM) that powers a pair of high-grade elements.
The company says that this technique enables very quick focusing, which will be really helpful when photographing sporting events or subjects that are moving really fast.
Although it is a telephoto lens, Olympus is claiming that it can be used at weddings or other special events.
Olympus to release the lens in November
Its internal design consists of 16 elements in 10 groups. The list includes an aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) element and two aspherical elements. Additionally, the construction includes one SED element, three ED elements, and one HD element.
The minimum focusing distance of the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens stands at 70 centimeters / 27.56 inches. The lens measures 79mm / 3.13-inches in diameter and 160mm 6.3-inches in length. The good thing is that it is based on an internal zooming system, which allows the lens to keep its size when zooming.
The total weight of the lens stands at 880 grams / 1.94lbs and you can already pre-order it Amazon for about $1,500
Olympus MC-14 1.4x teleconverter announced for the 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens
Along with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens, Olympus has also announced the MC-14 1.4x teleconverter. It is also weather-resistant and offers an extra 1.4x magnification, taking the focal range to 56-210m.
This means that the 1.4x teleconverter will extend the 35mm focal length equivalent of the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens to 112-420mm.
As expected, the MC-14 1.4x teleconverter can be pre-ordered at Amazon for a little under $350 with a November 2014 shipping date.