Olympus Announced 3 New PEN series cameras and 2 New Zuiko lenses (Part 4)

They are the long awaited (if not anticipated) OLYMPUS E-P3, OLYMPUS E-PL3 and OLYMPUS E-PM1 & 2 Zuikos, the Olympus MZ12mm and Olympus MZ45mm lenses.

This is the final Part of a series of 4. I am covering or rather duplicating what was sent to me from Olympus’s Press Releases as I am in not in the position to comment or review the Lenses until I tested it.

I am going to share about the 2 new Zuikos in this episode.

 A long-awaited addition to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL series of compact lenses — whose outstanding imaging performance is achieved by combining the latest optical technologies with the superior craftsmanship honed over the long history of the legendary ZUIKO lenses — this lens is a single focal length lens with a wide angle of 12mm (equivalent to 24mm of 35mm cameras) and a large aperture of f2.0. In addition to capturing the world with the unique and powerful perspective of the wide-angle lens, this lens also boasts excellent imaging performance, delivering crystal-clear images with high contrast and sharpness throughout the image area. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor shooting, this lens is also provided with the new MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism that enables fast, quiet autofocusing with both movies and still images. An elegant metallic outer finish gives this lens a classic feel that transcends time when combined with the OLYMPUS PEN E-P3 camera, which will be released simultaneously with the lens. The launch of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 is scheduled for 22nd July, 2011.

 Main Features
1. Co-existence of compact size with high performance and high image quality, thanks to superior craftsmanship supported by the latest technologies

2. Sophisticated textured metallic finish for a stylish, classic look in a highly compact design

3. New Snapshot Focus mechanism that lets you shift the focusing point a specific distance by sliding the focus ring toward the camera body

Main Features
Olympus-proper optical technology that contributed to the establishment of the tradition of ZUIKO lenses

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 is composed of 11 lens elements in 8 groups. These elements include a DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) element that ensures very high accuracy, a Super HR (High Refractive index) element with high spherical aberration correction capability, and an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) element with an excellent chromatic aberration correction effect. The balanced placement of these elements makes it possible for this lens to offer outstanding image quality in a remarkably compact design. Weighing a mere 130 grams, with a maximum diameter of 56 mm and an overall length of just 43 mm, this lens nevertheless provides excellent clarity, contrast and sharpness throughout the image area.

To ensure clear imaging performance even under unfavourable conditions such as when shooting against the light, the lens surfaces are coated with Olympus’s special ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, which features high transmittance and the ability to completely eliminate previously hard-to-prevent artifacts such as ghosts and flares. The ZERO coating is an application of the thin film control technology we developed for microscopes.

Development and production of such a lens is not possible without extensive expertise in the design phase, measurement techniques that can evaluate the surface accuracies correctly, advanced ultrahigh-precision aspherical formation technology, sophisticated polishing techniques and ultrahigh-precision assembly technology. Only a manufacturer withOlympus’s expertise and experience could have created such a masterpiece of lens craftsmanship, fusing the essential elements from a wide range of advanced optical technologies into a powerful new lens that will set the standard for years to come.

Large, bright f2.0 aperture that’s really effective under low light + Built-in image stabilization mechanism of the PEN series camera
With previous wide-angle lenses, taking a picture in dimly lit conditions was virtually impossible without a tripod and flash. Thanks to its large aperture of f2.0 and wide angle of 24mm (35mm equivalent), the new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 has expanded the range of low-light shooting in a big way. Combine that enhanced light-grabbing capability with the image stabilization mechanism built into PEN series cameras, and you’ve got a lens that serves up sharp, clear images in the dark without requiring a tripod or a flash. Besides typical low-light environments such as in the dusk or indoors, your camera is now able to shoot brilliant wide-angle pictures in locations where a tripod cannot be used such as busy tourist sites or crowded streets, as well as in locations where flash use is prohibited, such as zoos, museums, and aquariums.

MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism for fast, quiet AF (autofocusing)
The fruit of advanced optical design technology, the MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism developed to enable fast, quiet autofocusing with a lightweight lens with a small number of lens elements. By driving the focusing lens directly using a metallic shaft and feed screw finished with precision in the sub-micrometric order, rather than using a gear, which is the cause of operating noise, the MSC ensures ultra-quite focusing.

The inner focusing system that incorporates the MSC mechanism adjusts focusing by displacing only one small, lightweight lens element. This enables smooth autofocusing with high speed and low noise. The smooth autofocusing promises comfortable, stress-free shooting of movies as well as still images.

Sophisticated textured metallic finish for a stylish, classic look in a highly compact design
This lens is a precision instrument and it looks like it. Though weighing just 130 grams, it exudes solidity and reliability, while its textured metallic finish expresses superior quality and performance.

Designed to be appreciated and used for years to come, the lens represents the unification of “light”, “technology” and “mineral”. When combined with the OLYMPUS PEN E-P3 camera, which will be released simultaneously with the lens, the result is an exquisite tool, a work of art that transcends the limits of time.

New Snapshot Focus mechanism that lets you shift the focusing point a specific distance by sliding the focus ring towards the camera
The new Snapshot Focus mechanism in the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 is designed to allow the user to take snapshots that effectively capitalize of the characteristics of the wide-angle lens. With this mechanism, sliding the focus ring towards you moves the focusing point a specific distance, while rotating the focus ring moves the focal distance within the scale range indicated on the lens cylinder. When, for example, the camera’s mode dial is set to the A or M mode, the aperture to f8.0 and the focal distance to 3m, pan-focus shooting (in which both subject and background are focused) is possible, enabling fun, trouble-free snapshot shooting.

Optional Accessories LH-48 Lens HoodThe lens hood cuts unnecessary light from entering the lens during shooting against light. The LH-48 is made of metal and adopts a rectangular design and metallic finish to match the high-grade texture of the lens. LH-48 Lens Hood
LC-48 Metallic Lens CapTo enhance the unity with the lens and its high-grade texture, a metallic fitting-type lens cap is available. The LC-48 has an anodized surface with the “OLYMPUS PEN” logo etched using diamond cutting, while the planar area on the surface features a mirror finish. LC-48 Metallic Lens Cap
PRF-D46PRO Protect FilterThis thin, ultra-light protect filter has a filter diameter of 46 mm and is treated with multi-coating.


Picture: The New 12mm Zuiko.

Main Specifications

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 Mount type Micro Four Thirds System
Focal length 12mm
35mm equivalence 24mm equivalent
Lens construction 8-group, 11 elements (DSA element x 1, aspherical element x 1, Super HR element x 1, ED element x 1, etc.)
Angle of view 84°
AF system High Speed Imager AF (MSC)
Closest focusing distance 0.2 m
Maximum image magnification 0.08X
35mm equivalent 0.16X equivalent
Maximum field size 162 × 216 mm
Number of blades 7 blades (Circular diaphragm)
Maximum aperture f2.0
Minimum aperture f22
Filter size Φ46 mm
Dimensions (Max. diameter x Overall length) Φ56 × 43 mm
Weight 130 grams
Provided accessories Lens cap (LC-46), Lens rear cap (LR-2),Instruction manual, Olympus International Warranty Card

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm f1.8 is a medium-telephoto single focal length lens with a focal length of 45mm (equivalent to 90mm of 35mm cameras) and a large aperture of f1.8 that has been specifically designed to make it easy for anyone to take advantage of the background defocusing technique of SLR photography. The combination of excellent lens performance in a light weight of mere 116g and prominent background defocusing is best for the portrait photographs of the family. Also incorporated is the MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism for fast, quiet autofocusing in both movie and still image shooting. A sophisticated metallic-style finish with high-grade texture and decoration ring gives this lens a clean, classic profile that exudes quality and performance.

 Main Features
1. Large f1.8 aperture and optical design for soft defocusing

2. Sophisticated metallic-style finish with high-grade texture and decoration ring for a classy, unified appearance

3. MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism for fast, quiet autofocusing drive

Main Features
Large f1.8 aperture and optical design for soft defocusing proper to SLR cameras The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm f1.8 is a medium-telephoto, single focal length lens with a focal length of 45mm (equivalent to 90mm of 35mm cameras), developed to allow anyone to take advantage of the background defocusing. The brightness of the f1.8 aperture with a shallow depth of field makes it possible for anyone to shoot portrait pictures emphasizing the subject with soft, beautiful defocusing. The lightweight of mere 116g makes it possible to carry everywhere, anytime for occasions such as family events.

To implement perfectly round defocusing, it is necessary to make the vignetting as small as possible, as well as to use a circular diaphragm. Vignetting is a phenomenon in which the defocusing in the image periphery area does not form a perfectly round shape but instead is elliptical like a rugby ball. This deformation occurs because the light incident to the peripheral area obliquely with respect to the optical axis is limited by the diameters of the lens elements before and after the diaphragm.

With this lens, 8 groups of 9 lens elements, including two E-HR (Extra-High Refractive index) elements, are optimally laid out to ensure maximum image quality with high contrast and sharpness from the centre to the peripheral areas, thereby minimising vignetting. The optical design also helps eliminate ugly double-line defocusing caused by colour aberrations.

Sophisticated metallic-style finish with high-grade texture and decoration ring for a classy, unified appearance Simple, yet sophisticated, the textured metallic-style finish gives this lens a clean, classic look that exudes quality and performance. Designed to complement any PEN series camera, this lens also features a decoration ring that can be used to conceal surface irregularities on the hood mount at the front of the lens and create a sense of unity and coherence.

MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism for fast, quiet autofocusing drive
The fruit of advanced optical design technology, the MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism developed to enable fast, quiet autofocusing with a lightweight lens with a small number of lens elements. By driving the focusing lens directly using a metallic shaft and feed screw finished with precision in the sub-micrometric order, rather than using a gear, which is the cause of operating noise, the MSC ensures ultra-quite focusing.

The inner focusing system that incorporates the MSC mechanism adjusts focusing by displacing only one group of two small, lightweight lens elements. This enables smooth autofocusing with high speed and low noise. The smooth autofocusing promises comfortable, stress-free shooting of movies as well as still images.

Optional Accessories
LH-40B Lens Hood
The lens hood cuts unnecessary light from entering the lens during shooting against light and also offers effective lens protection. The LH-40B adopts a circular design and the same colour as the lens to match the high-grade texture of the lens.

DR-40 Decoration Ring
The decoration ring provided as a standard accessory is also available as an option. The decoration ring covers the irregularities on the hood mount at the front of the lens to improve the quality and sense of unity of the external view of the lens. The DR-40 can be used with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 IIR and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II lenses as well as the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm f1.8 lens.


Picture: The New 45mm Zuiko.


Picture: The New 45mm Zuiko with dedicated Hood.

Main Specifications

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm f1.8 Mount type Micro Four Thirds System
Focal length 45mm
35mm equivalence 90mm equivalent
Lens composition 8-group, 9 elements (incl. E-HR element x 2)
Angle of view 27°
AF system High Speed Imager AF (MSC)
Closest focusing distance 0.5 m
Maximum image magnification 0.11X
35mm equivalent 0.22X equivalent
Maximum field size 118 × 157 mm
Number of blades 7 blades (Circular diaphragm)
Maximum aperture f1.8
Minimum aperture f22
Filter size Φ37 mm
Dimensions (Max. diameter x Overall length) Φ56 × 46 mm
Weight 116 grams
Provided accessories Lens cap (LC-37B), Lens rear cap (LR-2), Decoration ring (DR-40), Instruction manual, Olympus International Warranty Card


Picture: The NEW14-42mm Zuikos Launched with the EP3, EPL3 & EPM1


Picture: The New 40-150mm Zuikos Launched with the EP3, EPL3 & EPM1


Picture: The New 40-150mm Zuiko with a Hat, I meant HOOD.


About Olympus Imaging Singapore
Olympus Imaging Singapore is the unparalleled industry leader in opto-digital technologies, delivering award-winning digital imaging products for the consumer and professional markets in Singapore. Driven by a strong commitment in providing innovative products and solutions of the highest quality, Olympus Imaging Singapore works closely with industry partners, customers and other Olympus business units in producing leading-edge products. These include analogue and digital cameras, professional SLR imaging systems, and voice recorders, amongst others. Olympus Imaging Singapore’s unrelenting efforts in superior customer service also bear testimony to its brand promise of delivering the best user experience to all consumers and professional users in the imaging field. For more information, please visit http://www.olympusimage.com.sg.

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