Olympus New M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Coming Early 2014

Olympus has recently showed off a prototype of new professional grade lens with 40-150mm focal length and f.2.8 constant aperture. If priced reasonably, this lens will most likely be a big seller for professional photographers downsizing to MFT or wanting to buy into a second set of portable gear.

The new lens was briefly mentioned in the E-M1 press release:

"The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO (80–300mm, 35mm equivalent) also joins the new M.ZUIKO PRO lens category. This lens is currently under development, with a planned release in the latter half of 2014. It will be a telephoto zoom lens with a bright constant f2.8 aperture and will feature a dustproof and splashproof construction rugged enough for professional use."

The Japanese website DC.Watch reported that Olympus has merged their Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds lines and in the future will focus only on Micro Four Thirds products. The E-5 camera (marked as discontinued) and current Four Thirds lenses will still be sold in retailers (Google translation):

"With the launch of E-M1, Olympus to integrate the system of Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds the company has had so far. Future, development of new interchangeable lens type digital camera focus on Micro Four Thirds compatible products. New products of Four Thirds, I have "no plans body, with lens" and (the company). It should be noted that I will continue the time being sold ZUIKO DIGITAL lens and the current E-5 of (Four Thirds lens support)."

No further details have been released by Olympus on this lens, so stay tuned for more updates!
Olympus New M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Coming Early 2014 Reviewed by Blogs on 9/23/2013 Rating: 5

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