New M.Zuiko Micro Four Thirds lens from Olympus
Olympus has announced the M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:1.8 Micro Four Thirds lens for keen photographers to get their sticky mitts on.
If you love creamy soft backgrounds, perfectly rounded specular bokeh then the f/1.8 aperture of Olympus’ newest prime, the 17mm f/1.8, is just the lens for you. Whether you are shooting wide-angle environmental portraits, landscape panoramas or just want a super high-quality prime for general photography, attach this to your OM-D or E-PL5 and you have the makings of a great relationship. And don’t forget the in-body stabilisation and ultra-fast AF, utilising their Snapshot Focusing function, for stills and video, as the lens is Movie and Still (MSC) compatible, which means street photography can be immense fun. This lens is a true prime in every sense of the word.
To read more about this beauty of a lens please see the press release below from Olympus.
The M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:1.8 (34mm) lens from Olympus makes taking high quality photos a snap. Besides the extremely bright 1:1.8 aperture, this premium Micro Four Thirds-compliant wide-angle lens also impresses due to its unique mechanisms for Snapshot Focusing and Movie and Still Compatible (MSC) autofocusing as well as a special Zero lens coating for high quality results.
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:1.8 lens possesses outstanding image quality in a lightweight and extremely compact form. Its ultra-bright 1:1.8 large aperture not only facilitates the ability to capture shots with eye-catching depth of field blur, it also enables tripod-free shooting in low light conditions – further accentuated by the in-body image stabilisation of the latest Olympus Micro Four Thirds System cameras. To let users seize the moment and take spontaneous blur-free shots more easily, the new lens features a clever Snapshot Focus mechanism – as in the acclaimed M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2.0 lens that boasts an equally premium build quality. The focusing point is moved to a specific distance by simply sliding the focus ring towards you. Rotating the ring changes the focal distance within the range shown on the lens cylinder, which also features a depth of field scale. Users additionally benefit from fast and extremely quiet autofocusing thanks to the MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism. Lens flare and ghosting as well as other annoying artefacts have all but been done away too, due to lens surfaces being treated with the special Olympus Zero (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating.
Optionally available are the stylish, high quality metal lens hood (LH-48B) and lens cap with an engraved Olympus PEN logo (LC-48B - pictured right). Furthermore it is compatible with the optional Olympus VF-1 optical viewfinder, which delivers excellent clarity and visibility for professional framing, rounds out this exceptional new Micro Four Thirds lens highlight.
The M.Zuiko Digital17mm 1:1.8 lens will be available in store and online from December 2012 at a recommended price of £449.99
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