Olympus Adds New Lenses and Limited Edition E-M5 Mark II

May 12, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Olympus will add two Pro lenses to its lineup in June.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro lens, pictured above, is a wide angle lens that’s weather-sealed in 11 places. It can focus on objects just 3 inches from the lens and features an L-Fn function button with 27 assignable functions. Weighing in at under 19 ounces, Olympus claims it’s about 45 percent lighter than competitive lenses. It comes with a fixed lens hood.

The 7-14mm will retail for $1,299 and is available for pre-order now.

A new fisheye lens also joins the ranks. The 8mm f/1.8 lens boasts a 180 degree angle of view and is weather-sealed against the elements. It has a minimum working distance of slightly under an inch and features a fixed lens hood. 

It will sell for $999 and is available for pre-order now.

Owners of the E-M1 will have new underwater case, the PT-EP11, capable of diving up to 148 feet. To support the new case, Olympus will release new firmware with several underwater photography modes, including Underwater Picture Mode, Underwater White Balance, Underwater Wide and Underwater Macro. The E-M5 Mark II will also get the Underwater Picture Mode through a firmware release in June.

Finally, Olympus will ship a limited edition version of the OM-D E-M5 Mark II to dealers in June. The camera will be sold in the same titanium body color as the OM-3T/Ti film camera and includes a leather strap, a leather card case and a number card indicating your version number for authentification purposes. 

The special edition will cost $1,199 and is available for pre-order now.