Three New Lenses from Olympus

M.Zuiko 12-100mm F/4.0 PRO

Updated 14 September 2016 with complete specs.

43Rumors.com has just released the complete specs of three long-rumoured Olympus M.Zuiko lenses. 

M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 PRO
M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 PRO

M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO

Lens construction: 14 group 19 sheets (one SED lens, two ED lens, one E-HR lens, three HR lens, one aspherical lens)
Minimum focusing distance: 0.3m
Maximum photographic magnification: 0.11 times (35mm equivalent 0.22 times)
Aperture number of blades: 9 sheets
Filter diameter: 62mm
Size: 70 x 87mm
Weight: 410g
Z Coating Nano
Dust and water design
Lens function button
Manual focus clutch mechanism

The 25mm f/1.2 PRO is very large for a M4/3 normal prime, as you would expect for an f/1.2 aperture. If it is priced similarly to the PanaLeica 25mm f/1.4 this might be interesting, although the size and weight kind of defeat the purpose of going M4/3. But then that f/1.2 aperture gives you back that 2 stop of noise and DOF that you lose over a full-frame format. I’d like to see a 45mm f/1.2 portrait lens, now that would be nice.

M.Zuiko 12-100mm F/4.0 PRO
M.Zuiko 12-100mm F/4.0 IS PRO

M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm F4 IS PRO

Lens construction: 11 group 17 sheets (one DSA lens, five ED lens, two super HR lens, one HR lens, three aspherical lens)
Minimum focusing distance: 0.15m (wide angle), 0.45m (telephoto)
Maximum photographic magnification: 0.3 times (wide angle), 0.21 times (telephoto)
Aperture blades number: seven
Anti-shake: 5-axis image stabilization synchro 6.5 stages
Filter diameter: 72mm
Size: 77.5 x 116.5mm
Weight: 561g
Within the lens anti-shake
Z Coating Nano
Dust and water design
Lens function button
Manual focus clutch mechanism

The M.Zuiko 12-100mm F/4.0 PRO zoom is the most interesting to me. It looks very similar in build and design to the excellent 12-40mm f/2.8, but 5mm wider and 30mm longer. It is also 179 grams heavier which is really starting to push it for me. But a very nice addition is an advanced optical image stabilization which I assume will work in concert witht he IBIS. If it performs really well and isn’t too expensive this might be a great M4/3 travel zoom.

30mm

M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro

Lens construction: 6 group seven (one DSA lens, one EDA lens, one aspherical lens)
Minimum focusing distance: 0.095m
Maximum photographic magnification: 1.25x (35mm equivalent 2.5-fold)
Aperture blades number: seven
Filter diameter: 46mm
Size: 57 x 60mm
Weight: 128g

And lastly, the least interesting of the three to me is the M.Zuiko 30mm f/2.5 Macro lens. Looks like a very compact lens with a design similar to the 45mm f/1.8. I’m sure it will be a fine lens and it has a 1.25X magnification ratio. But, I like to use my macro for shooting insects and this lens is just too short for that. I would have liked to see a 90mm f/2.8 macro instead. This one will be more for document copy (anyone still doing that?) and it should be great for small product photography like jewlery and coins.

The official announcement for all three of these lenses and the new E-M1 Mk-II should come on the 19th of September. Now, how about a 10mm f/2.0 Olympus?