Olympus is rumored to announce the development of the 8mm f/1.8 wide-angle lens at OM-D event on February 5, when the E-M5II camera is said to become official.
The rumor mill has been talking about a bright Olympus ultra-wide-angle lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras for a long time. However, the company has denied the reports so far, while the product in question is nowhere to be found on the company’s official roadmap.
Nevertheless, sources are claiming that the optic is real. Furthermore, it has been revealed that it consists of an 8mm f/1.8 version instead of a 9mm model with either an f/1.8 or f/2.8 aperture.
The last time this lens has been mentioned sources have said that it will become available sometime this summer. Now, sources have said that the company will display a mock-up of the optic on February 5, during the E-M5II announcement event.
Development of the Olympus 8mm f/1.8 lens to be announced on February 5
Olympus is expected to hold a major product launch event on February 5. The company has sent invitations for this event, saying that it will be focused on the OM-D system.
The OM-D E-M5II mirrorless camera with a Micro Four Thirds camera has already been leaked along with the 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II lens. It is clear that these two products are coming along with a myriad of accessories for the camera.
However, there is always room for one more. According to an insider, a mock-up of the Olympus 8mm f/1.8 lens will be displayed, too and the company will announce the development of this product.
The optic is said to be added into the fisheye category thanks to its wide field of view and the visual distortion that it produces.
It is very likely that the optic will be present at the CP+ 2015 event, too. Either way, the official announcement of the lens will most likely take place in late Spring and its release date will be scheduled for late summer.
What is coming from Olympus on February 5?
From the information we have gathered so far, Olympus will introduce the OM-D E-M5II camera. The photos and specs of the Micro Four Thirds shooter have already been leaked, so this device is definitely coming.
The Japan-based manufacturer will also launch some grips for the E-M5II, including a vertical grip, a battery grip, and a camera grip. A waterproof case is coming, too, and an external flash to light up dark environments.
A replacement for the 14-150mm f/4-5.6 lens will become official and its photo has showed up online as well. It is unclear what the Mark II version brings to the table, but we will find out next week, so stay tuned!