Two new MFT lenses: 40-150mm F4.0 PRO, 12-40mm F2.8 II PRO

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February 15, 2022

OM Digital Solutions has officially announced two new Micro Four Thirds lenses, alongside the new OM ‘Olympus’ OM-1 system, with the new 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II lensan update of the 2013 12-40mm F2.8 PRO and a brand new 40-150mm F4.0 PRO lensa new compact telephoto zoom.

Both lenses offer IP53 waterproofing when used with the OM-1, along with a flour coating on the front lens element to repel dust, dirt, and grime.

OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II Lens

OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II lens, on the OM-1

the 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II Lens is said to offer improved image quality using the “latest technologies”, and continues to offer the same optical construction, but with fluorine coating, ZERO coating, and uses the “latest manufacturing techniques [to] remove surface scatter on aspherical lenses”, which “significantly reduces reflections”. The lens is made up of 14 elements in 9 groups, has a close focusing distance of 20cm and a 62mm filter thread.

Read our OM System ‘Olympus’ OM-1 review to see sample photos of the new 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II lens!

New 40-150mm F4.0 PRO Lens is “the world’s smallest and lightest telephoto zoom lens with an F4.0 aperture”. It gives an 80-300mm equivalent (in 35mm equivalent terms), offers a close focusing distance of 70cm at all focal lengths and has a 62mm filter thread.

OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0 PRO Lens

OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0 PRO Lens

The lens is made up of 15 elements divided into 9 groups, with 2 ED lenses, 1 Super ED lens, 1 HR lens and 2 aspherical lenses. It weighs 382g and is 99.4mm long or 124mm long when in use.

Both lenses will be available from early March 2022 and will add to the range of Micro Four Thirds lenses available.

UK prices are:

  • M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II: €899.99
  • M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0 PRO: €899.99

From OMDS: Hamburg, February 15, 2022 – OM Digital Solutions GmbH is pleased to announce two new M.Zuiko PRO lenses that comply with the Micro Four Thirds System standard:

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II (35mm equivalent: 24-80mm) is a high-performance standard zoom lens offering the brightness of F2.8 throughout the zoom range, from wide-angle 24 mm equivalent to 80mm equivalent mid-range telephoto lens1 This is the successor to the popular M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Micro Four Thirds standard zoom (released November 29, 2013) and offers superb improved image and weatherproof performance with the latest technology.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0 PRO (35mm equivalent: 80-300mm) is a compact and lightweight telephoto zoom that covers a wide focal length range from the average 80mm2 equivalent to the 300 mm2 telephoto equivalent. This high-performance M.Zuiko PRO lens is the world’s most compact and lightest lens1, with a fixed maximum aperture value of F4.0.

AVAILABLE WITH BOTH LENSES: Reliable, weatherproof performance for stress-free shooting, even in harsh environments

  • Advanced dust and splash proof performance IP53, and freeze proof performance down to -10°C

Both lenses pass IPX3 tests and superior splash tests, far exceeding the conventional IPX1 rating, as well as dust tests. Both offer IP53 dust and splash proof performance for peace of mind in even tougher conditions. They can also operate in low-temperature environments down to -10°C, and pairing these lenses with a dust-, splash- and freeze-proof camera housing allows you to continue shooting in punishing environments such as rain, snow and even dusty environments with peace of mind.

In addition to water-repellent, oil-repellent and dust-repellent performance, the fluorine coating on the frontmost lens is also effective in reducing friction. Both lenses can be easily cleaned with a blower or a cloth when dirty, allowing users to continue filming immediately.

KEY FEATURES: M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II

OM 'Olympus' OM-1 System with 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II Lens

OM ‘Olympus’ OM-1 System with 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II Lens

1. Further improved image quality and compact, lightweight design in a standard zoom lens with a fixed maximum aperture of F2.8

  • Optical design with 14 elements in 9 groups for excellent resolution throughout the zoom range

This model uses an optical design with 14 elements in 9 groups (1 EDA lens, 2 aspherical lenses, 1 DSA lens, 2 ED lenses, 1 HD lens, 2 HR lenses) with 4 aspherical lenses including an efficiently placed DSA lens to achieve a compact, lightweight form and superior visual performance of an M.Zuiko PRO lens. Effectively compensating for aberrations that occur when zooming achieves high resolution from the center to the edges of the frame throughout the zoom range, from the 24mm1 wide-angle equivalent to the 80mm1 mid-telephoto equivalent. This high performance lens makes full use of the high image quality performance of the camera body when using High Res Shot mode.

  • Clearer, sharper images than ever before

The latest manufacturing techniques suppress surface scattering on aspherical lenses, dramatically reducing reflections compared to conventional products, resulting in clearer visual performance. Optimal coating placement, including ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, improves backlight resistance.

2. Versatile features for a wide range of applications including macro shooting

  • Close-up shooting performance at a maximum image magnification of 0.6×1

This lens features a closest focusing distance of 20cm throughout the zoom range. At the wide-angle end, users can enjoy macro shooting with an enhanced sense of perspective, and at the telephoto end, a maximum image magnification of 0.6x that rivals half-macro lenses , for authentic close-up shooting. The lens is capable of different macro shooting styles and includes focus stacking support which is useful for close-up shooting.

  • An MSC mechanism enables ultra-fast and quiet autofocus

The compact and lightweight focusing unit comprised of two cemented lenses is powered by a linear motor-driven MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism, resulting in ultra-fast and quiet autofocus. This design makes it easy to shoot stills and videos. The lens is capable of approximately 50 fps sequential shooting (AF/AE tracking) on ​​the OM SYSTEM OM-1 thanks to advanced camera control technology.

  • Superb controls for quick setting changes

Pull the focus ring toward you to instantly switch to manual focus with the manual focus clutch mechanism and use the L-Fn (lens function) button to control the lens with just one finger. These features allow users to quickly change settings as needed to continue shooting without delay.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II RRP: €999, availability date: early March 2022

KEY FEATURES: M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0 PRO

M.Zuiko 40-150mm F4.0 PRO Lens

1. The world’s smallest, lightest1 and best performing telephoto zoom lens

  • Excellent resolution throughout the zoom range from 80mm to 300mm

This lens uses the same fundamental structure as the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO, which is well known for its high resolution, and incorporates an optical design with 15 elements in 9 groups (2 ED lenses, 1 Super ED lens, 1 HR lens and 2 aspherical lenses). An efficient special lens arrangement helps completely suppress chromatic aberration, which tends to occur on telephoto lenses, and delivers high-resolution imaging from the maximum aperture value throughout the entire zoom range and frame. maintaining a compact and lightweight shape. The lens also features ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, completely eliminating ghosting and flare for clear visual performance even in challenging conditions such as backlit scenes. This high performance lens makes full use of the high image quality performance of the camera body, even with High Res Shot mode.

  • The world’s smallest and lightest model1 offers unparalleled portability and an internal zoom system improves usability

A retractable mechanism makes it the world’s most compact and lightweight model as a fixed aperture value, a 300mm equivalent (35mm equivalent) telephoto lens, measuring approximately 99.4mm long (124mm long in use ) and weighing around 382g, making it surprisingly compact and lightweight. The lens has been designed with an emphasis on ease of use when shooting and is equipped with a mechanism that allows the lens to be retracted and stowed simply by turning the zoom ring. It also uses an internal zoom system that maintains the same lens length throughout the entire focal length, suppressing center of gravity shifts while zooming. The use of compact and lightweight lenses on the front greatly reduces the feeling of heaviness, eliminating the long lens barrel and weight on the front of the lens, which is common with telephoto lenses, making the easier and more balanced shooting.

2. Closest focusing distance of 70cm (at all focal lengths) and macro capabilities with maximum image magnification of 0.41×2

This model features a closest focusing distance of 70cm throughout the zoom range, just like the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO. At telephoto, close-up shooting is possible up to a maximum image magnification of 0.41x. Although it is a telephoto zoom, this lens also has superior close-up shooting performance for a wide range of applications. Focus Stacking3 is also supported, which captures multiple shots at different focal positions and then automatically composites the shot. When paired with a compatible camera, this mode lets you take crystal-clear macro shots from front to back.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0 PRO RRP: €899, availability date: early March 2022.

Read our OM System ‘Olympus’ OM-1 review to see sample photos of the new 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II lens!

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