Lenses & Accessories
Olympus has announced a range of five lenses (four available initially), three flash units and several other accessories which make up the brand new 'E System' to complement the E-1 digital SLR. For our preview we had the 14 - 54 mm (28 - 108 mm equiv.) and 50 - 200 mm (100 - 400 m equiv.) lenses as well as the FL-50 flash unit.
|Lenses & Converters *1||Flashes & Accessories||Other Accessories|
| ED 50 mm F2.0 Macro
E 14-54 mm F2.8 - F3.5
ED 50 - 200 mm F2.8 - F3.5
ED 300 mm F2.8
E 11 - 22 mm F2.8 - F3.5 *2
EC-14 Teleconverter (1.4x)
EX-25 Extension tube
RF-11 Ring Flash
TF-22 Twin Flash
FP-1 Flash Power Group
SHV-1 Fast charging set
BLM-2 Battery Pack (incl.) *3
|*1 35mm equivalent
focal length (field of view) is twice the actual lens focal length
*2 Available towards the end of 2003
*3 Included with E-1 Digital SLR
'E System' Lenses
Olympus will introduce the four lenses announced at PMA along with a 11 - 22 mm (21 - 44 mm equiv.) F2.8 - F3.5 lens by the end of 2003. The first four lenses cover a good range of capability, the most versatile of them being the 14 - 54 mm (28 - 108 mm equiv.), the 50 - 200 mm (100 - 400 mm equiv.) and 300 mm (600 mm equiv.) will be attractive to sports and nature photographers. One thing we aren't seeing (yet) is image stabilization, something I would have expected especially considering Olympus's use of such on their consumer digital cameras and the long reach of the 300 mm lens.
|ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50 mm F2.0 Macro lens
100 mm equiv.
11 elements in 10 groups (inc 1 ED element)
Minimum aperture: F22
Filter: 52 mm
0.51x maximum magnification (macro 1:2) *
Weight: 300 g (10.6 oz)
US: $599 MSRP
|ZUIKO DIGITAL E 14 - 54 mm F2.8 - F3.5
28 - 108 mm equiv. (3.9x zoom)
15 elements in 11 groups (3 aspherical)
Minimum aperture: F22
Filter: 67 mm
Weight: 435 g (15.3 oz)
US: $599 MSRP
|ZUIKO DIGITAL E 11 - 22 mm F2.8 - F3.5
22 - 44 mm equiv. (2.0x zoom)
|ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50 - 200 mm F2.8 - F3.5
100 - 400 mm equiv. (4.0x zoom)
16 elements in 15 groups (inc 3 ED elements)
Minimum aperture: Unknown
Filter: 67 mm
Weight: 1070 g (2.4 lb)
US: $1199 MSRP
|ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300 mm F2.8 lens
600 mm equiv.
13 elements in 11 groups (inc 3 ED elements)
Minimum aperture: F22
Filter: n/a (Drop-in filter)
ND4, ND8 and polarizing filters included
Weight: 3300 g (7.2 lb)
US: $7,999 MSRP
|EC14 1.4x Teleconverter Lens
1.4x Focal Length
6 elements in 5 groups
One stop decrease maximum aperture
Weight: 170 g (6 oz)
US: $549 MSRP
* Can be improved to 0.98x (macro 1:1) with EX-25 extension tube
In addition to the lenses above are the EC-14 Teleconverter (1.4x focal length boost, $549) and EX-25 Extension tube (for close-up photography with the 50 mm Macro lens).
Below are some of our own images of the two lenses we had for the short loan period. At the time of announcement Olympus made an important point about the fact that lenses for this system will be smaller and lighter than the equivalent 35 mm lens (without sacrificing quality). This appears to be more true for the telephoto and telephoto zoom lenses.
|ZUIKO DIGITAL E 14 - 54 mm F2.8 - F3.5 (28 - 108 mm equiv.)|
|ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50 - 200 mm F2.8 - F3.5 (100 - 400 mm equiv.)|
|4/3 System lens mount||Olympus ED 50 - 200 mm (F2.8 -
vs. Canon EF 100 - 400 mm IS (F3.5 - F5.6)
'E System' Flash units
Olympus has announced a total of three flash units, the versatile FL-50 (which looks to become the de facto standard flash for the E-1) as well as the RF-11 Ring Flash and TF-22 Twin Flash, neither of which have any published specifications. In addition the exist FL-40 flash unit is fully compatible with the E-1.
We will explore the capabilities of the FL-50 flash unit in our full review. At this stage it's sufficient to say that it appears to be as sophisticated as Canon's 550EX with full articulation, additional AF assist, a wide range of program options and linked zoom.
- N50 at 42 mm (equiv. to 85 mm on 35 mm camera) / GN28 at 12 mm (equiv. to 24 mm on 35 mm camera)
- TTL auto, auto and manual modes can be set
- Bounce and swivel head
- FP mode - enables flash synchronization at even the highest shutter speeds (1/4,000 sec. with Olympus E-1)
- Automatic adjustment of flash coverage to correspond to image area when zooming
- Built-in diffuser can be used to obtain wide-angle coverage at 8 mm (equivalent to 16 mm on a 35 mm camera)
- Flash intensity control (e.g. in 1/3EV steps with Olympus E-1)
- Multiple power options - AA batteries, LB-01 lithium battery pack, SHV-1 fast-charging high-voltage set, FP-1 flash power grip
- US price: $499 MSRP
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