Olympus Announces M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO and 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO Lenses

Olympus has announced the M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14 f/2.8 PRO and ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO Lenses. Both are both premium quality Professional Grade lenses that Photography Enthusiasts and Professionals will want to consider adding to their Olympus kits.


M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO


M0714_stand_s.jpgThe new M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO is designed to be compact and weatherproof so you can take it anywhere; and features an ultra-wide angle of view with a bright f2.8 maximum aperture.


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Inside, this lens has14 individual lens elements in 11 groups featuring 3 Super ED lenses, 1 ED lens and 2 EDA lenses work in chromatic aberrations. It also features the Olympus proprietary Z.E.R.O. (Zuiko Extra-Low Reflecting Optical) coatings designed to reduce ghosting and flare.


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Weatherproof seals in 11 separate locations on the lens body allow the M.Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 PRO lens able to stand up to tough shooting conditions, helping to repel to dust and moisture.


The M.Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 PRO is also designed to be very quiet, featuring a unique MSC (Movie-Still Compatible) mechanism which provides swift, nearly silent autofocus operation.


In addition, the M.Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 PRO makes controlling settings as easy as pushing the L-Fn button on the lens. Photographers can assign any of 27 functions to the button, which is positioned right on the lens barrel for easy access. This lens also features a Manual Focus Clutch mechanism to make it easy to switch between auto and manual focus by simply pulling the focus ring towards the camera body.


M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO


RV_M0818Fish_stand_s.jpgThe new M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO Lens is designed to give shooters a very wide 180 degree angle of view, coupled with a very bright f/1.8 maximum aperture. Olympus says this is the world's first 8 8mm lens with an f/1.8 aperture, and should allow photographers to capture images in low light conditions while delivering the same edge-to-edge sharpness as other Olympus PRO series lenses.


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Inside, the M.Zuiko PRO 8mm Fisheye's lens consists of 17 elements in 15 groups, designed to reduce chromatic aberrations while providing superior image quality. Its proprietary ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating helps to eliminate ghosts and flares, with its precision optics designed to deliver sharp images right up to the edges of the frame, even at a wide-open f1.8 aperture. This lens also has weather-sealing in five separate locations to help avoid worry about rain, wind and dirt; and it's even freezeproof down to 14°F (-10°C).


For an in-depth look at the 8mm Fisheye, along with tons of sample images, please read our blog post, Hands on with the Olympus M.ZUIKO 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO.


See the Press Release from Olympus about the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO and ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO Lenses below:



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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 AND 8mm F1.8 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 f2.8 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 worlds 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 f2.8 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 f2.8 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 f2.8 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 f1.8 PRO Fisheye lens180-degree diagonal angle of view. Like the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f2.8 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 f1.8 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 f1.8. 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 f2.8 PRO and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 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 f1.8 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 f2.8 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 f1.8 Fisheye PRO lens will be available in June 2015 (black) for an estimated street price of $999.99 (US) and $1,249.99 (Canada).

To find out more about the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO lenses, and for a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website at http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/lenses/pen-omd.html.

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