Olympus Debuts Pair of Pro Lenses at PhotoPlus Expo 2017

October 25, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Olympus hit PhotoPlus Expo with a pair of new Pro-series lenses for Micro Four Thirds shooters.

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO (34mm focal length in 35mm equivalent) and the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO (90mm equivalent) produce a “feathered bokeh” when shooting with a shallow depth of field, Olympus says. They feature Z Coating Nano technology to reduce flare and ghosting.

Both lenses are dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (down to 14°F/-10°C). They feature a programmable L-Fn button and a manual focus clutch, which lets you switch between auto and manual focusing by pulling the focusing ring toward the camera body.

The 17mm lens incorporates a newly developed ED-DSA lens, which Olympus claims has the characteristics of both an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens element and a DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lens element. The ED-DSA lens compensates for chromatic aberrations, distortion and color bleeding on the image periphery. It’s capable of focusing on objects as close as 30cm with a magnification of .15x. The lens has nine aperture blades and stops down to f/16.

The 45mm f/1.2 has a minimum focusing distance of 50cm with a magnification of .1x. It also boasts nine aperture blades that stop down to f/16.

Both lenses will retail for $1,200. The 45mm F1.2 PRO will be available in late November, while the 17mm F1.2 PRO is expected to ship towards the end of January, 2018.