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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


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