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This M.Zuiko Prime lens is the first to arrive in stores and its body reeks of highprecision assembly.
Its full-metal barrel weighs 130g and offers sharp, well-cut ridges. Those ridges feature on its manual focusing ring that seems standard until you pull it back towards the camera.
Then it reveals an engraved depth-of-field scale that will help guide those using manual focus to a sharp picture.
The lens’s focusing range also changes when you pull this ring back – it stops when you’ve gone too far – providing quick and precise access to manual focus.
Being a professional standard Pen lens, it features 11 elements in eight groups and comes with a Zuiko Extra-Low Reflection Optical coating to halve distracting reflections.
This, combined with its large aperture of f2.0, make the lens well suited to a wide range of situations. Landscape photographers should appreciate its ability to pack a lot into the scene without distortion at the edges.
On the downside, this lens doesn’t come with a hood, can focus only on subjects at least 20cm away and costs as much as the camera it serves.
But Pen fans serious about photography should adore the photos. JENNIFER DUDLEY