Olympus has revealed plans for an 8mm F1.8 fisheye lens with its 'Pro' designation. The super-wide lens will offer a 16mm equivalent angle on a Micro Four Thirds body. Keeping with the trend in the Pro line, the lens will boast a splash and dustproof design. Also under development is a dedicated underwater lens port. No pricing is given just yet, but the 8mm F1.8 fisheye Pro should be available this summer.


Press release:

OLYMPUS ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL ED 8MM F1.8 FISHEYE PRO LENS

16mm Focal Length (35mm Equivalent), Dustproof, Splashproof, Dedicated Underwater Lens Port

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 5, 2015 — Olympus announces the development of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO lens. This high-performance wide-angle lens conforms to the Micro Four Thirds® System standard and offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 16mm. As with other lenses in the PRO series, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO features a dustproof and splashproof construction, enabling high-quality image capture in all weather conditions. A dedicated underwater lens port is also under development, allowing users to capture wide-angle images at depths of up to 147 ft. (45 meters) when paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II® and PT-EP13 protective case.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO lens is scheduled for availability in Summer 2015. Pricing is to be announced.