PMA 2004: Olympus today widened the range of lenses available in its 'E System' by adding the impressive Zuiko Digital ED 150 mm F2.0 lens. On the E-1 digital SLR this lens will provide an equivalent field of view as a 300 mm lens would on a 35 mm film camera, and this with an impressive F2.0 maximum aperture. It's no lightweight though, this lens weighs in at 1.35 KG (3 lb).

UPDATE: There was an error in the pricing on this press release, the quoted price is WELL below the expected price, we are awaiting confirmation of pricing from Olympus.

Press Release (Olympus UK):

The Olympus E-System telephoto lens - extending creative capabilities

Olympus extends its range of E-System lenses one step further with the introduction of a bright telephoto lens, the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED150mm F2.0 (35mm camera equivalent: 300mm). The lens’ telephoto performance is coupled with high light-gathering power and full compatibility with the TIPA award-winning FourThirds standard means it is both compact and portable. An invaluable component of any professional’s kit, the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED150mm F2.0 will also be popular amongst those who demand the visual impact of the best nature and sports shots. The new ZUIKO DIGITAL ED150mm F2.0 is scheduled to go on sale in Summer 2004.

Main features

Versatility

The ZUIKO DIGITAL ED150mm telephoto lens is exceptionally compact and light. Through compatibility with the FourThirds System this new generation lens offers distinct benefits, such as portability, high image quality and brightness.

  • Dimensions: 100mm (diameter) x 146mm (length)
  • Weight: 1,350g with tripod adapter

Very bright aperture

The F2.0 aperture permits the photographer to bring a shallow depth of field to the composition, allowing subjects to be creatively framed by blurring the background.

Alternatively, this bright aperture is ideal for shooting at high shutter speeds and documenting a sequence of movements at high-speed, ie: the action of a sports scene or the swift motion of an animal.

Two ED lens elements

Optical precision is exceptional, yielding very sharp and high-contrast images.

For superior lens performance, two ED lens elements minimise chromatic aberration. One is termed a ‘super’ ED lens element and is particularly effective in reducing chromatic aberration because it has spectral characteristics similar to the fluorite elements which are used for correcting this problem.

New multi-coating

Significantly suppressing ghosting and image flare, a new multi-coating reduces the reflection over a wide range of light wavelengths.

Advanced floating mechanism

The optical system’s floating mechanism delivers sharp, high contrast images from close-up to infinity (shortest shooting range:1.2m).

Focus limit switch and focus stop button

To save the photographer precious time when focusing and offering that extra edge to achieve the perfect shot, the focus range may be limited.

Splash and dust proof construction

A special splash and dust proof construction protects the lens, allowing it to be used in a wide range of conditions.

Optics designed exclusively for digital photography

All ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses are designed to maximise the performance of digital SLR cameras based on the FourThirds standard. This permits full cross-manufacturer interchangeability among camera systems that apply to the standard. Near telecentric optics ensure images have perfect colour, clarity and brightness from the centre to the periphery of the frame. The lenses’ high resolving power ensures the image sensor obtains the detail it requires to achieve its full potential. Furthermore, thanks to their splash-proof construction, the ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses are also protected against the elements.

Further information

The Olympus E-System is the world’s first digital SLR system to be based on the FourThirds Standard, jointly developed by Olympus and Kodak. The professional system has been designed exclusively for digital photography. It currently comprises the Olympus E-1 SLR body plus a range of interchangeable lenses and other accessories. For more details, please visit www.olympus-pro.com.

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 150 mm F2.0 lens specifications

Focal length 150 mm
35 mm equiv. FOV 300 mm
Lens • 11 elements in 9 groups
• 1 ED element
• 1 Super ED element
Mechanism Inner focus with floating mechanism
Angle of view 8.2 degrees
Closest focus 1.2 m
Maximum mag. 0.15x (0.30x 35 mm equiv.)
Aperture • 9 blades
• Max F2.0
• Min F22
Filter 82 mm
Dimensions (D x L) 100 x 146 mm
Weight 1350g
(with tripod adapter)
Compatibility • EC-14 Teleconverer (Yes, composite f-stop of F4 or more)
• EX-25 Extension tube (Extended maximum image mag. 0.34x)
Box contents Lens hood, lens case, lens cap, lens rear cap, instruction manual, warranty card