Olympus has announced three new lenses: the M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 Pro, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4 IS Pro, and the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 Pro is a bright standard (50mm equiv.) prime that is Olympus' attempt at making a 'perfect' lens. The ground-up splashproof and dustproof design promises high resolution wide-open, as well as fast autofocus and well-controlled chromatic aberration. Prices start at $1,199.99 and will be available in October.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4 IS Pro is an all-around zoom lens (24-200mm equiv.) that offers incredible versatility in a relatively small package. Combined with Olympus' 5-axis IBIS, it can offer up to 6.5 stops of image stabilization. On top of that, the minimum focus distance at the 12mm end is a miniscule 1.5cm from the front element of the lens, and 27cm at the telephoto end of 100mm. All of that power is housed in a splashproof, dustproof, and freezeproof body. Prices start at $1299.99, with a November ship date.

Lastly, there's the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro, an affordable macro lens that features a maximum magnification of 1.25x. It is claimed to autofocus faster than previous Olympus macro lenses, and offers decent performance for a small price of $299.99. Shipping begins October 2016.

Press releases:

OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25MM F1.2 PRO LENS REDEFINES WIDE OPEN SHOOTING

New M.ZUIKO Professional Lens Delivers Excellent Resolution Performance and Beautiful Bokeh from the PRO Series’ Widest Aperture Yet

CENTER VALLEY, PA., September 19, 2016 — Olympus expands its award-winning M.ZUIKO PRO lens lineup with the breakthrough M.ZUIKO Digital ED 25mm f1.2 PRO (50mm focal length in 35mm equivalent). This Micro Four Thirds® system lens boasts a superior optical design with 19 lens elements in 14 groups that thoroughly prevents aberration, distortion and fringing to achieve superb resolution and beautiful defocusing effects from its widest aperture setting of f1.2. 

The fixed-focal length M.ZUIKO Digital ED 25mm f1.2 PRO minimizes chromatic aberration at the plane of focus and beyond, creating a stunningly smooth transition from the subject to defocused backgrounds. This design provides the perfect balance between high resolution and beautiful bokeh for a natural, three-dimensional appearance of the subject.

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 25mm f1.2 PRO features a lightweight internal focusing mechanism that uses a single thin lens element for extremely fast and accurate focus point acquisition. The advanced MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) autofocus mechanism provides silent and smooth focusing and aperture performance, ideal for video capture. When combined with the powerful in-body 5-Axis Sync Image Stabilization of the Olympus OM-D and PEN cameras, the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 25mm f1.2 PRO provides outstanding resolution and blur-free images under almost all lighting conditions.

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 25mm f1.2 PRO features dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (down to 14°F/-10°C) construction, making it the go-to lens for professionals and photo enthusiasts looking to capture brilliant images in all types of shooting conditions.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 25mm f1.2 PRO will be available in October 2016 for an estimated street price of $1,199.99 USD and $1,499.99 CAD. For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: getolympus.com

Main Features

  1. Excellent resolution performance from the widest f1.2 aperture

To ensure high-resolution performance from the center to the edges of the image, even at the widest aperture of f1.2, 19 lenses have been used in an effective layout to suppress all types of aberrations. Color bleeding (on-axis chromatic aberration) is suppressed by using a Super ED lens and two ED lenses. When combined with the color-canceling effects of an E-HR (special high refractive index) lens and HR (high refractive index) lens, peripheral color bleeding (magnification chromatic aberration) is effectively corrected. 

Z Coating Nano lens coating technology maintains sharp, clear image quality. This advanced coating significantly reduces flare in backlit situations, optimizing shooting when strong light sources are present in the frame.

  1. Beautiful defocusing effects

The lens design effectively eliminates chromatic aberration in focused areas as well as defocused areas to achieve a smooth transition from the subject to the background. When paired with the lens’s shallow depth of field and beautiful circular bokeh at the maximum aperture, images have a natural, three-dimensional appearance.

  1. Fast and accurate focus point capture

The advanced optical design provides a single focusing lens element for fast and accurate focus point capture. The MSC mechanism enables high-speed, high-precision still image autofocusing and silent, smooth autofocusing for video. Even in shooting situations with a shallow depth of field, quick, accurate focusing allows for beautiful defocusing effects by accurately focusing on faces and eyes when users select Face Detect AF or Eye Detect AF on Olympus OM-D and PEN camera bodies. When combined with compatible OM-D and PEN cameras’ Silent Mode, users are able to photograph musical performances and piano recitals without making a sound. 

  1. Limits comatic aberration to depict points clearly and accurately

This lens is capable of depicting points of light accurately, a necessary feature when photographing stars with the f1.2 aperture setting. Aspherical and high-resolution lenses placed near the aperture effectively correct for comatic aberration. These elements enable both the brightness of f1.2 and a high level of optical performance, making it possible to capture points of light without distortion.

Other Features:

  • This lens features dustproof and splashproof construction, with hermetic sealing in 11 locations. When combined with the dustproof, splashproof, freezeproof body of the Olympus OM-D series, users can take advantage of all types of shooting environments.
  • This lens boasts the same high-quality metal exterior design as the other lenses in the M.ZUIKO PRO series. It is equipped with the Manual Focus Clutch mechanism, which makes switching to manual focus possible by pulling the focusing ring toward you. A depth of field scale is included on the lens for pan focusing. And the L-Fn button on the lens barrel allows you to pause autofocus and assign other custom settings.
  • Close-up performance is supported by a minimum focusing distance of 30 cm (working distance of 19.5 cm) and a maximum shooting magnification of 0.11x (35mm equivalent: 0.22x).

Excellence from wide-angle to telephoto: Olympus m.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro Lens

New Professional High-Magnification Zoom Lens Achieves Superior Resolution and Constant Aperture Throughout the Entire Zoom Range 

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., September 19, 2016 — Olympus once again challenges conventional lens design with the new Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO (24-200mm focal length in 35mm equivalent), a compact, lightweight, high-magnification zoom lens that maintains a constant aperture of f4.0 from wide angle to telephoto. The latest addition to the M.ZUIKO PRO series incorporates powerful image stabilization (IS) and covers a focal length range that typically would require two zoom lenses to deliver unrivaled mobility for professionals looking to capture outstanding images in an expanded array of handheld shooting situations.

The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO combines multiple special lens elements to produce a high magnification factor and excellent resolution packed inside a small body. DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lenses, HR (high refractive index) lenses, and Super HR (super-high refractive index) lenses are combined to effectively correct aberration and minimize the number of lens elements in the configuration, reducing the overall length of the lens. By using multiple ED lenses, color fringing that tends to appear in telephoto shooting is thoroughly reduced, maintaining high resolution and edge-to-edge sharpness across the entire zoom range.

The in-lens image stabilization works in concert with Olympus’ in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization of the OM-D and PEN camera ranges to create 5-Axis Sync IS, the world's most powerful image stabilization, with 6.5 shutter speed steps*1of compensation performance. Camera shake commonly associated with handheld telephotography is eliminated, enabling users to capture sharp images and smooth video without the use of a tripod.

In addition to its broad focal range, this high-magnification zoom lens boasts outstanding close-up performance with a minimum working distance of 1.5 cm and a maximum shooting magnification of 0.6x (35mm equivalent) at the 12mm wide-angle setting.

The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO features lightweight, weatherproof construction, providing dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (down to 14°F/-10°C) performance to meet the needs of professional photographers in any shooting situation.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO will be available beginning in November 2016 for an estimated street price of $1299.99 USD and $1599.99 CAD. For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: getolympus.com

Main Features

  1. Compact, lightweight, high-performance, high-magnification zoom lens

The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO has been added to the high-performance M.ZUIKO PRO series to meet the needs of professional photographers. Multiple special lens elements provide a high-magnification factor and superior resolution in a compact lens body.

The DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lenses, HR (high refractive index) lenses, and Super HR (super-high refractive index) lenses have been combined to effectively correct chromatic aberration and minimize the number of lens elements in the configuration, reducing the overall length of the lens. The use of glass materials with a higher refractive index than that of previous DSA lenses has resulted in smaller lens diameters. This makes it possible to build a single lens that covers the focal length of two typical professional zoom lenses.

By using multiple ED lenses, the color fringing that tends to occur in telephoto shooting is thoroughly reduced, maintaining high resolution and edge-to-edge sharpness across the entire zoom range. Olympus Z Coating Nano lens coating technology provides sharp, clear image quality by virtually eliminating flare in backlit situations and maintaining resolution when strong light sources are present in the frame.

  1. 5-Axis Sync IS, the world's most powerful image stabilization of 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance*1

The Olympus M.ZUIKO 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO is equipped with a built-in image stabilization system for blur-free shooting across the entire high-magnification zoom range. By pairing the lens with a compatible Olympus OM-D or PEN camera, the lens stabilization works in sync with the camera’s in-body stabilization to create 5-Axis Sync IS, the world’s most powerful stabilization system providing up to 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance.*1 Because the in-lens image stabilization alone provides up to 5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance,*[1] the lens can be used even with other camera bodies not equipped with image stabilization. 

  1. Macro capabilities with a minimum working distance of 1.5 cm and a maximum shooting magnification of 0.6x (35mm equivalent)

The close focusing distance of 15 cm at the 12mm wide-angle setting makes it possible to take close-up shots up to 1.5 cm away from the end of the lens, while the maximum shooting magnification of 0.6x (35mm equivalent) opens up new possibilities of expression. The lens design features superb close-up shooting performance even at other focal lengths, with a minimum working distance of 27 cm and a maximum shooting magnification of 0.42x (35mm equivalent) at the 100mm telephoto setting. 

Other Features

  1. The lens features dustproof and splashproof construction, with hermetic sealing in 12 locations. When combined with the dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof body of an Olympus OM-D series camera, users can take advantage of all types of shooting environments.
  2. This lens boasts the same high-quality metal exterior design as the other lenses in the M.ZUIKO PRO series. It is equipped with the Manual Focus Clutch mechanism, which makes switching to manual focus possible by pulling the focusing ring toward you. The lens barrel features the Image Stabilization activation switch and the L-Fn button to pause autofocus or assign other custom settings. 

*[1] As of September 2016. CIPA guideline compliant, when correction is carried out on two axes (yaw and pitch), focal length: 100mm (35mm equivalent focal length: 200mm).

YOUR CLOSE-UP IS READY: OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30MM F3.5 PREMIUM MACRO LENS CAPTURES BEAUTY IN THE EVERYDAY

New Premium Micro Four Thirds® Lens Features the Highest Magnification in Its Class1 and High-Speed AF for Impressive Easy-To-Capture Close-Up Shots

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., September 19, 2016 – The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro (35mm equivalent: 60mm) Premium lens is designed for exceptional optical performance and image quality in a lightweight compact form. This macro lens is the latest addition to the award-winning M.Zuiko family of Micro Four Thirds lenses that deliver crystal-clear image quality and exquisite bokeh for entry-level and advanced users looking to produce flawless, professional-quality images and videos of everyday subjects.

The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro helps users capture unique images with a maximum image magnification of 2.5x (35mm equivalent), the highest in its class. With the minimum focusing distance of 95mm (14mm from the end of the lens) and a minimum shooting field of 13.9 x 10.4mm, the lens enhances the beauty of everyday details like dew on a blade of grass or the eyes of a sleeping baby.

The lens’ superior AF performance makes capturing fleeting moments effortless, with an increase in focusing speed of 20 to 30 percent over previous Olympus macro lenses. When paired with an OM-D® or PEN® camera body, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro delivers crisp and clear images courtesy of Olympus’ advanced in-camera image stabilization, which can eliminate the motion blur commonly associated with high-magnification macro photography. Macro performance can be further enhanced through the PEN-F and OM-D’s Focus Bracketing feature, which allows users to automatically capture the entire focus range within a preset number of shots.

For underwater enthusiasts, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro is compatible with select Olympus underwater housings and lens ports. The lens’ internal focusing system helps novice shooters capture impressive underwater macro shots without the worry of disrupting their subject. In addition, the lens is equipped with an MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism for practically silent and smooth autofocus and aperture operation for both still shots and video. 

Main Features 

  1. Maximum image magnification of 2.5x (35mm equivalent), highest in its class1

With the highest image magnification of 1.25x (35mm equivalent: 2.5x) in its class1 and a minimum focusing distance of 95mm (14mm from the end of the lens), this macro lens is an affordable way to enter the world of high-quality macro photography. The minimum shooting field of 13.9 x 10.4mm allows users to magnify and capture minute details like never before. 

High-magnification macro photography is prone to motion blur caused by movement of the camera. When this lens is paired with the advanced in-camera image stabilization of OM-D and PEN camera bodies, motion blur is virtually eliminated.

  1. Premium construction with excellent image quality

This macro lens is designed to be compact and lightweight while offering outstanding optical performance, making macro photography enjoyable for photographers of all skill levels. DSA2 and EDA3 lenses are utilized to provide high resolution and a maximum image magnification of 2.5x.4 The optical design minimizes vignetting, even at close distances, and the 7 blade circular aperture creates beautiful bokeh beyond the plane of focus.

  1. High-speed autofocus performance

The lens is equipped with a MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism, which makes autofocus speed for still images and video faster and quieter. By designing the focusing lens group to be small and lightweight, autofocus speed is improved by 20 to 30 percent over previous Olympus macro lenses. High-speed AF enables users to perfectly capture precise moments, even when shooting macro subjects. This lens utilizes an internal focusing system, eliminating the worry of accidentally touching the subject since the length of the lens does not change while focusing.

Lens Accessories

Protective Filter, PRF-D46 PRO

This ultra-lightweight, thin protective filter with a diameter of φ46mm is finished with multicoating to protect the lens from scratches. Because the lens coating is transparent and colorless, it does not affect visible light.

 Lens Case, LSC-0811

This pouch-style lens case protects lenses with three-layer construction. It may be used to store the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro with the lens cap and protective filter attached.

Focus Gear, PPZR-EP07

This specialized focus gear for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro works with a compatible Olympus underwater camera housing.5 It enables fine-tuning of manual focus during underwater shooting.

Antireflective Ring, POSR-EP11

This is an antireflective ring specialized for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro. When using it with an underwater camera housing5 it helps prevent reflections during underwater macro shooting.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro lens will be available in black beginning in October 2016 with an estimated street price of $299.99 USD and $399.99 CAD. For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: http://www.getolympus.com/lenses/m-zuiko-ed-30mm-f3-5-macro.html

Olympus 25mm F1.2 Pro / 30mm F3.5 Macro specifications

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 ProOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro
Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format sizeFourThirds
Focal length25 mm30 mm
Image stabilizationNo
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum apertureF1.2F3.5
Minimum apertureF16F22
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades97
Optics
Elements197
Groups146
Special elements / coatings3 HR, 2 ED, 1 E-HR, 1 HR, 1 Super-ED elements + Z Coating Nano1 aspherical, 1 ED, 1 dual super aspheric
Focus
Minimum focus0.19 m (7.48)0.10 m (3.94)
Maximum magnification0.11×1.25×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeMicromotor
Full time manualYesNo
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYesNo
DoF scaleYesNo
Physical
Weight410 g (0.90 lb)128 g (0.28 lb)
Diameter70 mm (2.76)57 mm (2.24)
Length87 mm (3.43)60 mm (2.36)
SealingYesNo
ColourBlack
Filter thread62 mm46 mm
Hood suppliedYesNo
Hood product codeLH-66B
Tripod collarNo

Olympus 12-100mm F4 IS Pro specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeFourThirds
Focal length12–100 mm
Image stabilizationYes
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum apertureF4
Minimum apertureF22
Number of diaphragm blades7
Optics
Elements17
Groups11
Special elements / coatings1 DSA lens, 3 Aspherical lenses, 5 ED lenses, 2 Super HR lenses, 1 HR lens
Focus
Minimum focus0.15 m (5.91)
Maximum magnification0.3×
AutofocusYes
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight561 g (1.24 lb)
Diameter78 mm (3.05)
Length117 mm (4.59)
SealingYes
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (internal)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockNo
Filter thread72 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Hood product codeLH-76B
Tripod collarNo