Olympus to flesh out pro lens line with supertele, ultrawide
A 7-14mm f2.8 lens and 300mm f4 lens are due to arrive in 2015 for Olympus Micro Four Thirds shooters. Expect quality, but not a bargain.
The good news for those committed to Olympus' Micro Four Thirds camera line: two useful new professional-grade lenses are on the way. The bad news: they won't arrive until 2015.
The Japanese camera maker announced Wednesday it's developing the M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 Pro ultra-wide zoom and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 Pro supertelephoto. In 35mm camera terms, those have the focal-length equivalents of 14mm-28mm and 600mm, respectively.
The lenses will be the third and fourth models of Olympus' new Pro line. The first arrived in 2013, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro, which my colleague Lori Grunin really liked and which has an equivalent range of 24-80mm.
Next up is the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro, due in the second half of 2014 and bringing and equivalent range of 80-300mm.
Don't expect the lenses to come cheap -- nobody's pro glass does. The existing Zuiko ED 300m f2.8 lens, designed for Olympus' more-or-less discontinued larger Four Thirds SLRs, has a $7,000 price tag. Olympus has gone mirrorless now with its Micro Four Thirds models, though, so those older lenses require an adapter.