Olympus has announced the M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro lens. Built to withstand the elements, this dust, splash and freezeproof telephoto zoom covers a range equivalent to 80-300mm. It uses a dual-linear motor to power focusing of two high-grade lens elements, and provides an internal zoom construction to maintain the same overall length as it's zoomed.

Also announced is a 1.4x teleconverter, which when used with the 40-150mm boosts the equivalent telephoto reach to 420mm. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f2.8 Pro lens will be available in November for $1499.99. Also coming in November, the MC-14 1.4x teleconverter will cost $349.99. 

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THE OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO® ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO LENS

Olympus’ First M.ZUIKO PRO Telephoto Zoom Lens Delivers Ultimate Optical Performance in a Portable, Lightweight Body

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., September 15, 2014 – Professional quality telephoto shooting is now more portable than ever with the introduction of the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO lens (80-300mm in 35mm equivalent). This latest Olympus lens is the first telephoto in the M.ZUIKO PRO series that features a dust, splash and freezeproof construction, durable enough to withstand the rigors of professional shooting, when combined with the Olympus OM-D E-M1®. 

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO lens maintains a constant f2.8 aperture for bright, superior optical performance that meets the needs of professional photographers. It incorporates the world’s first focusing system to power two high-grade lens elements using dual linear VCM (Voice Coil Motor) motors, for quiet, fast focusing on subjects such as fast moving subjects at sporting events. This lens is also perfect for wedding or event photography. With a minimum focus distance of just 20 inches from the front of the lens at all focal lengths, a dedicated Function button, manual focus clutch and a sliding, protective lens hood, the new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO is versatile, portable and easy-to-use. An inner zoom mechanism allows the lens to maintain its portable size of just over 6 inches.

More Zoom Power
For anyone in need of even more zoom power, the MC-1.4x teleconverter boosts the zoom range of the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO lens to a 420mm equivalent, and offers the same dust, splash and freezeproof build quality of the rest of the PRO series – making it ideal for shooting in the field, even in the rain.

Optical Protection
Olympus has also developed a professional-grade lens filter for the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO lens. The first filter of its kind in the series, the PRF-ZD72 PRO incorporates ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, to eliminate scratches on the lens and as well reduces ghosting and lens flare, even in very bright situations, for the clearest images. These filters also feature an anti-reflective, alumite-coated black matte barrel. Identical protection will be available for the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens, the PRF-ZD62 PRO.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens will be available in November, 2014.
Estimated Street Price: $1,499.99

The MC-14 1.4x Teleconverter will be available in November, 2014.
Estimated Street Price: $349.99

For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/lenses/pen-omd/m-zuiko-ed-40-150mm-f2-8-pro.html

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro Lens Specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeFourThirds
Focal length40–150 mm
Image stabilisationNo
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum apertureF2.8
Minimum apertureF22
Number of diaphragm blades9
Optics
Elements16
Groups10
Special elements / coatings1 Aspherical ED lens, 2 Aspherical lenses, 1 SED lens, 3 ED lenses, 1 HD lens
Focus
Minimum focus0.70 m (27.56)
Maximum magnification0.21×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Physical
Weight880 g (1.94 lb)
Diameter79 mm (3.13)
Length160 mm (6.3)
SealingYes
Zoom methodRotary (internal)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockUnknown
Filter thread72.0 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarYes
Optional accessoriesProtection Filter (PRF-ZD72PRO) 1.4x Teleconverter (Teleconverter MC-14)