Olympus is rumored to be working on lenses for Sony FE-mount mirrorless cameras that will bear the company’s own Zuiko brand and the first model will consist of a 35mm f/2.8 prime lens.
Sony and Olympus are known partners which have worked together on numerous occasions. It seems like their partnership might go to the next level in the not-so-distant future, as Olympus is allegedly developing a lens for Sony’s FE-mount mirrorless camera system.
Mirrorless camera sales are showing signs of improvement and both Olympus and Sony have reported increased shipments in the previous quarter. The PlayStation maker has said that its full-frame mirrorless cameras are the ones driving sales forward, so it would make sense for the Micro Four Thirds company to capitalize this opportunity.
According to the rumor mill, an Olympus 35mm f/2.8 lens will be launched for Sony FE-mount cameras sometime in the future.
Olympus reportedly developing lenses for Sony FE-mount mirrorless cameras
A source is stating that Olympus is planning to get aboard the Sony FE-mount train with lenses for this system. The optic would not be Sony-branded, like Zeiss-branded models, and instead it would bear the Zuiko brand, which means that the Micro Four Thirds company would develop the products independently from the PlayStation maker.
The leakster has also provided details about the first model of the series. As stated above, the product would consist of an Olympus 35mm f/2.8 lens. It would become a fairly bright and wide-angle prime that could be perfect for street and indoor photography in low-light conditions.
It is worth noting that the optic will be compatible with E-mount cameras featuring APS-C sensors. In this case, the product will offer a 35mm focal length equivalent of approximately 52.5mm.
Olympus 35mm f/2.8 lens has what it needs to succeed in a mirrorless world
Olympus has made a couple of 35mm f/2.8 lenses in the past. One of them is a tilt-shift version, while the other one is a conventional and compact model that has been appreciated by photographers using the older OM system.
Its image quality was appreciated, but the photographers were captured by its reduced size and weight. This description matches the one needed for a lens designed for mirrorless cameras, so it would be exciting to see Olympus launching a version for FE-mount shooters.
Anyway, this rumor, just like all other gossips, must be taken with a grain of salt. Either way, keen an eye on Camyx for more information!