Today, Olympus took the wraps off their first true macro lens for Micro Four-Thirds: The M.Zuiko 60mm F/2.8 ED. This 60mm lens has a field-of-view equivalent to a 120mm in 35mm terms and achieves a 1:1 magnification ratio at its minimum focus distance of 19cm.
All Weather Macro Lens
The M.Zuiko 60mm F/2.8 is designed to work under a wide range of shooting conditions and is fully weather-sealed against dust and splashing from any direction. When combined with a weather-proof digital camera like the OM-D E-M5, it can be used in adverse weather without problems. It is also equipped with a unique removable lens hood which slides down the lens body to access the front element. This can be used to change filters or to store the lens without reversing the hood.
Olympus made sure their new macro lens is usable for stills and video by incorporating their ultra-quiet MSC autofocus motor which moves light internal lens elements to adjust focus and keep the lens barrel a constant size, a great bonus when working at close distances.
The M.Zuiko 60m F/2.8 ED is scheduled to be available early next month (October) for $499 USD / CDN, making it one of the most affordable weather-sealed lenses around.
Limited Edition Ultra-Wide Lens
Olympus has also prepared a limited edition of their superb M.Zuiko 12mm F/2 lens. The Limited edition version has a smooth black finish to give it a luxurious appearance and appear less conspicuous. Its snap ring switches between mechanical and fly-by-wire mechanical focusing. The M.Zuiko 12mm F/2 Limited ships with a matching metal lens-cap, metal lens-hood and protective filter.
The M.Zuiko 12mm F/2 ED Limited is scheduled to be available early next month (October) for $1099 USD / CDN. This is a highly competitive price for such a bright ultra-wide lens.
Ultra-Bright Lens In Development
To further their commitment of the Micro Four-Thirds mount, Olympus has announced they are working on an M.Zuiko 17mm F/1.8 lens. This 34mm-equivalent lens is optimized for snapshots and street photography with a compact design and high-grade lens with large F/1.8 maximum aperture. Olympus expects to have this lens ready for release during the first half of 2013.