Olympus expands its pro MFT lens range with fast wide and telephotos

Pro lenses

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 7-14mm f2.8
Wide, fast pro: the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 7-14mm f2.8 from Olympus.Picture: Olympus
Olympus has revealed plans to expand its professional, wide aperture micro four thirds (MFT) lens range, by pre-announcing two new optics to be released in 2015.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO lens is an ultra-wide, constant aperture zoom which is weather and dust sealed. On a micro four thirds camera, it covers the 35mm equivalent of 14-28mm, whilst retaining a wide, f2.8 aperture throughout, but the lens can also be fitted to the BlackMagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera, as well as cameras such as the Sony NEX-FS100 via an adapter.

The lens joins Olympus’ recently launched 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens, which is already on sale, and is also a weather-sealed, constant aperture design. Olympus is set to release a 40-150mm f2.8 professional lens in the second half of this year, completing covering the most common focal lengths for stills photography with just two lenses.

The standard, telephoto and ultra-wide zoom lenses will also be joined next year by a fast aperture telephoto, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm 1:4 PRO lens. Although the f4 widest aperture appears slow compared with pro-spec 35mm lenses, on a micro four thirds camera it is equivalent to a 600mm ultra telephoto, but much smaller than its 35mm equivalents.

The lens announcements come after a period when Olympus has make a concerted effort to win professional support for its micro four thirds, interchangeable lens cameras, compact system cameras, as well as its E-Series DSLR.

The OM-D range, including the EM-1 and EM-5, features electronic viewfinders, dust and weather sealing and high-performance autofocus, although Olympus has yet to make the inroads into film making that Panasonic has achieved with its micro four thirds based GH range of cameras, including the GH3, and the recently-announced, 4K GH4.