Olympus announces new Micro Four Thirds lenses

The company unveiled two new telephoto zoom lenses for its Micro Four Thirds system, and also updated its current 17mm optics with a new color chassis.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4-5.6 lens. Olympus

Olympus on Tuesday unveiled two new telephoto zoom lenses for its Micro Four Thirds system , and also updated its current 17mm optics with a new color chassis.

The company is touting the M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm F4.8-5.6 lens as the smallest 600mm-equivalent lens (Micro Four Thirds cameras have a crop factor of 2x) on the market with a diameter of 2.8 inches and a length of 4.5 inches. Weight-wise, it tips the scale at less than a pound. This glass also comes with a new focusing motor that delivers silent and precise AF, which makes it suitable for recording videos.

The other new lens in Olympus' stable is the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4-5.6. Like the 75-300mm glass, this optics has a silent AF module as well.

When the Olympus E-P2 was announced last year, many users felt the silver 17mm pancake lens did not complement the black camera body. Hence, Olympus is dishing out a black version of this glass. Also updated with a new color is the FL-14 hotshoe flash, which gets a new black makeover.

According to the Japanese company, the black 17mm lens and flash will be sold as a kit with the E-P2 come October. The 40-150mm lens will be available in the same time frame as well. As for the 75-300mm glass, it will hit stores by December. Prices for the lenses and E-P2 kit will be announced closer to launch.

E-P2
The E-P2 with the black 17mm pancake lens and the FL-14 flash. Olympus

(Source: Crave Asia)

 

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