Along with yesterday's announcement of the limited edition Olympus Titanium OM-D E-M5 Mark II, firmware updates for E-M5 Mark II and E-M1, as well as underwater housing for E-M1, Olympus did not stop there, but it also presented the market with two new lenses - Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO and Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO.
Both of these lenses belong to the Micro Four Thirds PRO series, and in comparison to their predecessors Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/4.0 and Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye, respectively, they offer faster maximum apertures. Furthermore, both lenses feature weather sealing, so they can be freely used in unfavorable weather conditions.
The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO is a wide-angle lens with 14-28mm equivalent focal length, and as such it boasts exceptional close-up shooting performances, with the minimum working distance of just 7.5cm. It consists of 14 elements in 11 groups, two of which are EDA, 1 DSL, 1 aspherical, 3 Super ED, 1 ED, and 2 HR. This results in peripheral chromatic aberrations being reduced to minimum, while the ZERO (Zuiko Extra-Low Reflective Optical) Coating minimizes ghosting. The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO is sealed in 11 locations, so it can be used in rain, snow, even at the beach, despite the moisture in the air or dust from the sand. This zoom lens weighs 534g, features a stepper motor (STM), and comes packed with a fixed lens hood and pinch-style lens cap LC-79 for added protection.
As far as the fixed Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO is concerned, it belongs to the group of wide-angle fisheye lenses and its equivalent focal lengths is 16mm. This tiny lens, with the weight of only 314g, delivers images with magnificent wide angles thanks to its 180-degree diagonal angle of view, and what will particularly attract attention of both professionals and enthusiasts is its minimum working distance of just 2.5cm! With such capabilities, wide-angle macro images will be a real treat. In order for unwanted shaking to be neutralized, there is a stepper motor (STM).
The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO sports 17 elements in 15 groups, one of which is aspherical, 3 Super ED, 2 ED, 1 Super HR, and 2 HR, which will result in high resolution even at the very edges of an image. The ZERO Coating is present here as well. Just like the 7-14mm f/2.8, the 8mm f/1.8 also comes with a fixed lens hood and a pinch-style lens cap, yet this time it is LC-62.
The lenses Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO and Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO will arrive at the market in June, and their prices will be $1299.99 and #999.99, respectively.