Olympus adds pair of PRO prime lenses
TWO NEW Olympus prime lenses, the M. Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO and the M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO, have been added to the existing 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens – bolstering the f/1.2 PRO series to three. All lenses in the f/1.2 PRO range promise to produce high- quality bokeh along with outstanding resolution and super-fast, highprecision autofocus. Designed to be lightweight and compact, the lenses also boast dust-, splash- and freeze-proofing. The 17mm f/1.2 PRO lens offers an equivalent focal length of 34mm, ideal for landscape, documentary and street photography. It uses aspherical lens elements, including newly developed Extra-low Dispersion Dual Super Aspherical (ED- DSA) lenses. These are lightweight and help to minimise various aberrations that are common in wideangle lenses, such as distortion and colour bleeding, as well as chromatic aberration.
Offering an equivalent focal length of 90mm, the 45mm f/1.2 PRO lens is ideal for portraits. The design of the back focus and relay lens system allows for a reduction in the number of lens elements required, making for a compact, lightweight lens. Like the 17mm lens, the lens elements are also designed to compensate for a range of aberrations.
Both lenses feature the same Z Coating Nano technology found on the 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens, which helps to provide sharp, clear images free from ghosting.
All three lenses in the f/1.2 PRO series feature the same design layout. The focusing ring is placed at the front of the lens, and a function button is found in the same place on all three. You can switch quickly between manual and autofocus by pulling the focusing ring towards you.
The M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO will be available from December, with a retail price of £1,199. The M. Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO will be available from March 2018, priced £1,299.
Lightweight and compact, all three f/1.2 PRO lenses are said to have super-fast autofocus
The new optics have the same design