Olympus Release New Lenses and Announces 17mm f/1.8 for Micro Four Thirds

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro

Along with the new PEN E-PL5 and E-PM2, Olympus has also launched three new lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. There’s a M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 macro, a limited edition 12mm f/2.0 in black and a rather interesting lens designed to be a body cap as well. The 60mm lens brings the quality of Olympus’s 50mm f/2.0 macro to a more affordable level, albeit at the loss of 1 stop.

The black edition of the 12mm f/2.0 will most likely be welcome for photographers who uses a black micro four thirds body and wants a matching lens to go with it. Until today, they would have to contend with having a silver lens on a black body. I think the black looks a lot better!

The “body cap lens” has a fixed focal length and aperture of 15mm (30mm equivalent on a 35mm full frame body) at f/8.0. It measures only a mere 9mm thin, and when combined with a small camera like the E-PM2, makes for a very compact and lightweight setup. That is, if you don’t mind shooting at f/8.0 all the time. Obviously shooting in low light conditions is going to be a challenge with this.

Olympus 15mm f/8.0 “body cap lens”

Prior to this I’ve seen similar “body cap lenses” which is more in the line of a “pinhole” lens, also at a fixed aperture. I suppose putting in a real glass lens will improve the image quality by quite a bit.

Finally, Olympus has also announced a new 17mm f/1.8 lens targeted at street photographers looking for a fast lens at the very popular 35mm (on a full frame) equivalent focal length. This will be a good complement to the 12mm f/2.0 lens released last year. David, you can switch over to a Micro Four Thirds camera now. :)

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