Olympus Reveals M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 Super Telephoto Zoom Lens

Olympus has detailed the latest addition to its lineup of Micro Four Thirds camera lenses. The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 (35mm equivalent 24-400mm) is set to launch in late March for an MSRP of $899.99.

Designed more for enthusiasts or anyone looking for an all-in-one travel lens, this super telephoto zoom lens features a 16.6x zoom -- the current highest magnification zoom available on an interchangeable lens for mirrorless systems. Meanwhile, the unit incorporates a compact, dustproof, and splashproof design making it suitable for use in a variety of environments, along with Olympus' ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating to minimize ghosting and flares. I addition, the device offers high-speed, high-precision auto-focusing capabilities, including an MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism for quick, smooth, and quiet performance when recording videos.

Here's a full rundown of key specs per Olympus:
  • Focal Length: 12 - 200mm
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 - 400mm
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 11 groups (3 Aspherical lenses, 2 Super ED lenses, 2 ED lenses, 1 Super HR lenses, 2 HR lens)
  • Number of Blades: 7 (circular aperture diaphragm)
  • Dust & Drip Proof: Yes
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.22 m (wide) / 0.7 m (tele)
  • Maximum Aperture: f3.5 (wide), f6.3(tele)
  • Minimum Aperture: f22
And in addition to the new lens itself, Olympus has also announced several separately available accessories, including an LC-72C Lens Cap ($14.99), LH-76B Lens Hood ($49.99), LSC-0914 Lens Case ($31.99), and a ZUIKO PRF-ZD72 PRO Protection Filter ($79.99).

Source: Olympus