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