Olympus is rumored to hold a proper official announcement for the 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens sometime in the near future, after revealing it earlier in 2014.
In the middle of February 2014, Olympus unveiled two new lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Although the pair’s photos and some details have been revealed, the unveiling has served only as an “announcement of develoment”.
Furthermore, the Japanese company has confirmed that the 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO and the 300mm f/4 PRO lenses will be released on the market in 2015. However, an inside source is now claiming that the former is being prepared for its official introduction, which suggests that it may begin shipping within 2014.
Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens announcement date is rumored to be very close
A source familiar with the matter has revealed that the Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens announcement date will take place soon. The optic will provide a 35mm focal length equivalent of 14-28mm.
This is a new Micro Four Thirds lens and will bear the M.Zuiko Digital branding, which is something that we have already seen in the image provided by the manufacturer itself.
The Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens price is also rumored to stand at $1,799. As for the release date, it has not been mentioned, although the facts that the launch date is approaching and the price is already known, are fueling the gossip talks claiming that the lens will be released in 2014, rather than 2015.
About the Olympus “PRO” series
For those of you who are unaware of the subject, Olympus PRO-series lenses are high-end optics that are said to provide exceptional image quality.
For the time being, only the 12-40mm f/2.8 model has been added to this series, with the aforementioned 7-14mm f/2.8, 300mm f/4, 40-150mm f/2.8, and 9mm f/2.8 to follow in the future.
All these lenses will also feature a weathersealed construction, meaning that they will be resistant to dust, splashes, and freezing temperatures.
Amazon is selling the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens for a price around $1,000, with buyers giving it a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 stars.
Four Thirds version of the Olympus 7-14mm lens
Olympus has made a 7-14mm lens in the past. It is a Four Thirds version that comes with a constant maximum aperture of f/4. Although it is one f-stop slower than the upcoming Micro Four Thirds version, this lens is available for exactly $1,799 at Amazon – the same amount that will get you a 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO optic soon.
The Olympus 7-14mm f/4 lens comes with an Extra-Low Dispersion aspherical element and a weathersealed construction as well as a 35mm equivalent of 14-28mm.
As usual, this type of rumors must be taken with a pinch of salt, so do that and wait for more information!