Olympus Unveils Two More M.Zuiko PRO F1.2 Prime Lenses

Pre-Order the 17mm F1.2 PRO via Amazon: http://bit.ly/Oly17mmPRO Pre-Order the 45mm F1.2 PRO via Amazon: http://bit.ly/Oly45mmPRO Buy the 25mm F1.2 PRO now via Amazon: http://bit.ly/Oly17mmPROOlympus-M.Zuiko-ED-Digital-17mm-45mm-F1.2_PRO-double.jpg
I'm geeking out over glass today, folks. Why? Because Olympus just announced TWO new PRO series prime lenses at PhotoPlus. 


What's so special about these, you might be wondering?

Two things. First Olympus PRO series lenses are compact, sharp, fast, light, and TOUGH -- you can take them out into the sun and rain and heat and snow without fear and get exactly the pictures you want. Second, last year, we tested Olympus' M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO on our OM-D E-M1 Mark II Iceland press trip and it might just be the best lens Olympus has ever made. Clear. Wonderful colors (particularly reds and blues). Great in low light. Rugged. And oh-so-buttery bokeh. Here's a sample:

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And now, come November and January, the 25mm F1.2 PRO will have two new prime siblings.

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Meet the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO, both of which will fit any Micro Four-Thirds camera system, including Olympus' OM-D and PEN ILC systems.

Before we dive into the specs, here's a chance to remember Micro Four-Thirds crop factor. When you see a Micro Four-Thirds lens focal length and max aperture specs, you effectively double those figures to come up with the equivalent performance of shooting with a Full-Frame 35mm sensor camera system.

In other words, Olympus 25mm F1.2 PRO, 17mm F1.2 PRO, and 45mm F1.2 PRO, are actually more like 50mm, 34mm, and 90mm F2.4 lenses, respectively, that you'd see on a Full-Frame DSLR.

So with all three of these lenses in your kit, you've got a perfect trifecta of focal lengths and shallow depth-of-field capabilities for portraits, street photography, travel, and landscapes. Ugh, I'm literally drooling on my keyboard thinking about this new glass, which, I'm also terribly excited to say, we'll be testing out in December along with an exclusive group of early reviewers!

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The M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO is comprised of 15 elements in 11 groups, including a newly developed ED-DSA lens. ED-DSA stands for "Extra-low Dispersion" and "Dual Super Aspherical" and aims to compensate for chromatic aberration (fringing), distortion, and color bleeding. It'll actually be interesting to see how the ED-DSA lens works as we did see some fringing on the 25mm F1.2 PRO.
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The M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO is comprised of 14 elements in 10 groups, including one Extra-low Dispersion lens to help compensate for out-of-focus and peripheral color bleeding.

Like the rest of the PRO series, both of these new primes are dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof (to 14°F/-10°C). They also feature Z Coating Nanotechnology to reduce ghosting and flares while shooting with backlighting, as well as an MSC (Movie-and-Still-Compatible) autofocus mechanism for "virtually silent and smooth high-speed focusing performance, even when using the maximum aperture of F1.2. You also won't see any AF point limitations when used with on-chip AF systems like Olympus OM-D or PEN cameras. And they'll work fantastically with features like Face Priority or Eye Priority AF.
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Lastly, the 17mm F1.2 PRO has a minimum focusing distance of 20 cm, while the 45mm F1.2 PRO has a minimum focusing distance of 50 cm for close up shooting. And you can expect the same great PRO series ergonomics, including the manual clutch for disengaging autofocus as well as a customizable L-Fn Button on the barrel. 
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PRICING & AVAILABILITY

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO will be available in late November (2017), while the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO will be available late January (2018). Each carries a $1,199.99 MSRP.

Pre-Order the 17mm F1.2 PRO via Amazon: http://bit.ly/Oly17mmPRO Pre-Order the 45mm F1.2 PRO via Amazon: http://bit.ly/Oly45mmPRO Buy the 25mm F1.2 PRO now via Amazon: http://bit.ly/Oly17mmPRO

AVAILABLE NOW

While you're waiting for November and January, do yourself a favor and pick up the 25mm F1.2 PRO so you're ready to collect all three when the time comes:

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