Olym­pus Launches M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO Lens and Tough TG-870

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Olym­pus re­cently up­dated its M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal PRO se­ries lenses with the M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO. This lens, which has a 35mm equiv­a­lent fo­cal length of 600mm, is the new top-of-the-line of­fer­ing from the com­pany.

Said to be the high­est res­o­lu­tion Zuiko lens, the M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO has 17 el­e­ments in 10 groups, com­plete with three Su­per Ex­tra-low Dis­per­sion lenses, three High-Re­frac­tive in­dex lenses, and one Ex­tra-High Re­frac­tive in­dex lens. What sets the M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO lens apart from its sib­lings, how­ever, is the fact that this is the first lens from Olym­pus to have op­ti­cal-sta­bi­liza­tion (yaw and pitch) mech­a­nism.

When mounted on the Olym­pus OM-D E-M1 or E-M5 Mark II cam­eras, you’ll ben­e­fit from what Olym­pus calls ‘Sync IS’. This fea­ture es­sen­tially means that both im­age sta­bi­liza­tion sys­tems (in the cam­era and in the lens), work in tan­dem to ef­fec­tively pro­vide up to six shut­ter speed steps of sta­bil­ity, which is a world’s first. This means you’d be able to shoot at shut­ter speeds as low as 1/10 sec, hand­held.

Be­ing part of Olym­pus’ M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal PRO lens se­ries, the M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO is also splash-, dust- and freeze-proof. It ac­cepts fil­ters that are 77mm in size, and weighs just below 1.5kg.

As for the Tough TG-870, this is the lat­est mem­ber in Olym­pus’ Tough cam­eras. This new model has a 21mm ul­tra-wide an­gle 5x zoom lens, and a 180-de­gree tiltable screen. In ad­di­tion, it comes with in­te­grated Wi-Fi and GPS mod­ules, which al­low you to eas­ily up­load your pho­tos to a con­nected phone, and tag your pho­tos with pre­cise lo­ca­tions. There are also 13 dif­fer­ent Art Fil­ters for you to add more cre­ativ­ity in your shots.

Need­less to say, the TG-870 is built to with­stand some se­ri­ous abuse, as are all other Tough-se­ries cam­eras. It is wa­ter-proof up to a depth of 15m; is shock-proof, able to sur­vive a drop from 2.1m; crush­proof, ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing up to 100kgf of force; and can func­tion in tem­per­a­tures as low as -10 de­grees Cel­sius.

At the time of writ­ing, the pric­ing for both prod­ucts re­main to be con­firmed, and will likely hit shelves in Fe­bru­ary.

Mit­suhiro Tanaka, Man­ager, Imag­ing Busi­ness Divi­sion, South­east Asia and Ocea­nia, Olym­pus, with the M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO.

Tanaka with the Tough TG-870.

Robin Wong, As­sis­tant Prod­uct Man­ager, Olym­pus Malaysia, demon­strat­ing how it’s pos­si­ble to shoot with the M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO hand­held, at 1/10 sec. shut­ter speed.

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