Olympus has announced two additions to its Micro Four Thirds 'Pro' lens series, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 and 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro (14-28mm and 16mm equivalent focal lengths, respectively). Covering the same ranges as Olympus' 7-14mm F4 and 8mm F3.5 Four Thirds lenses from the mid-2000s, these new lenses offer faster maximum apertures. The 7-14mm F2.8 features weather sealing to protect the lens from moisture and dust and matches the existing Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm for coverage, but at F2.8 it's a full stop brighter than its F4 maximum aperture.

Like the 7-14mm, the 8mm F1.8 Fisheye is sealed against the elements. It offers a 180-degree angle of view and a minimum working distance of 2.5cm for close focus. Also introduced for it is the PPO-EP02 glass dome lens port, compatible with underwater housings for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 or OM-D E-M1.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 Pro will be available in June for $1,299.99 USD / $1,599.99 CAD; the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro will cost $999.99 USD / $1,249.99 CAD, also arriving in June. We'll update this story with European pricing when we have it.


Press release:

OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL ED 7-14MM f/2.8 AND 8MM f/1.8 FISHEYE PRO LENSES FOR COMPACT EXPLORING

Excellent Optical Performance, Ultra-Wide, Compact and Lightweight for Ultimate Mobility, Dustproof and Splashproof Construction, Underwater Accessory Compatibility

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 12, 2015 — Today, Olympus is pleased to announce the availability of two new premium M.ZUIKO DIGITAL PRO lenses. The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 14-28mm, while the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm Fisheye PRO, the world's first with an f/1.8 aperture, features a minimum working distance of just 2.5cm and offers excellent bokeh with wide-angle macro shots. Both lenses are equipped with Olympus' legendary weather sealing, providing peace-of-mind while shooting in extreme weather conditions with an OM-D® camera.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO is the ideal lens for wide-angle shooting needs in any condition. This premium lens includes weather sealing in 11 locations, enabling use in rain and snow, or even on the beach, where other lenses may not be able to withstand ocean spray or dust penetration. At 534 grams, or just under 19 ounces, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO is about 45 percent lighter than similar competitor products, eliminating heavy equipment that may slow the user down.

The lens also includes premium close-up shooting capabilities, thanks to the minimum working distance of just 7.5cm, offering extremely sharp capture capability, even at the very edges of an image. Three Super ED lenses, one ED lens and two EDA lenses help to minimize peripheral chromatic aberration, while the ZERO (Zuiko Extra-Low Reflective Optical) Coating aids in minimizing ghosting. The lens also boasts an L-Fn button with 27 assignable functions and a Manual Focus Clutch with built-in Focus Distance Meter. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens comes with a fixed lens hood and pinch-style lens cap LC-79 for added protection.

Hobbyists, photo enthusiasts and professionals alike will be captivated by the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f/1.8 PRO Fisheye lens' 180-degree diagonal angle of view. Like the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, this lens includes dustproof and splashproof construction, for unlimited wide-angle adventure. The lens is also compatible with a custom dome port for use with an Olympus underwater housing.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f/1.8 PRO Fisheye lens is constructed of 17 elements in 15 groups and can capture high resolution at the very edges of an image, even at the maximum aperture of f/1.8. ZERO Coating minimizes optical flares and ghosting. The lens also comes with a fixed lens hood and a pinch-style lens cap LC-62. 

Both of the lenses' compact size, brightness and weight reflect Olympus' mastery of precision engineering. When used in conjunction with core OM-D technologies, like 5-axis image stabilization, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f/1.8 PRO Fisheye open the user up to new possibilities for long exposure hand-held shooting. 

Underwater Lens Port, PPO-EP02
The PPO-EP02 glass dome lens port is a great accessory to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 8mm f/1.8 PRO Fisheye lens, enabling the user to capture the widest shot possible underwater with the OM-D E-M5 or OM-D E-M1 underwater housings. The PPO-EP02 is 15 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than Olympus' previous lens port model, the PPO-E04, allowing for more compact and lightweight underwater shooting. Also, the hood section can be removed to reduce waves for over-under shots. (Rear Cover (PRPC-EP02) and Front Cover (PBC-EP02) are bundled).

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens will be available in June 2015 (black) for an estimated street price of $1,299.99 (US) and $1,599.99 (Canada).

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO lens will be available in June 2015 (black) for an estimated street price of $999.99 (US) and $1,249.99 (Canada).

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro and 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Pro specifications

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PROOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO
Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lensPrime lens
Max Format sizeFourThirds
Focal length7–14 mm8 mm
Image stabilizationNo
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum apertureF2.8F1.8
Minimum apertureF22
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notesCircular
Optics
Elements1417
Groups1115
Special elements / coatings2 aspherical ED, 1 DSL, 1 aspherical, 3 super ED, 1 ED, 2 HR lenses1 aspherical, 3 super ED, 2 ED, 1 super HR, 2 HR lenses
Focus
Minimum focus0.20 m (7.87)0.12 m (4.72)
Maximum magnification0.11×0.2×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualYesNo
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYesNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight534 g (1.18 lb)314 g (0.69 lb)
Diameter79 mm (3.11)62 mm (2.44)
Length106 mm (4.17)80 mm (3.15)
SealingYes
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockNo
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarNo