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Olympus Debuts Duo of Fast Prime Lenses

Olympus has pulled the covers off two new fast aperture lenses that expands the range of its PRO optics lens series. Photographers using the Micro Four-Thirds system can now add the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO and the M.Zuiko 45mm F1.2 PRO to their kit bags.

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Both new lenses have close focusing distances and f/1.2 apertures.

The optics, which will work with Olympus’ Pen and OM-D cameras, but also with Panasonic’s range of Micro Four-Thirds cameras such as the GH-5, are effectively 34mm and 90mm lenses thanks to the 2x crop factor from the MFT sensors. Despite the compact dimensions and lightweight design (the 17mm weighs 390g and the 45mm 410g), the professional-spec optics are built to be used in harsh environments and are dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof to -10 degrees.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO is constructed from 15 elements in 11 groups, is well suited to landscapes and street photography and offers a closest focusing distance of just 20cm. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO is a medium telephoto lens and features a 14 elements in 10 groups design. Well suited for portraiture or even wildlife photography thanks to its 90mm effective focal length, the lens has a closest focusing distance of 50cm. Both lenses benefit from Z Coating Nano technology for improved image quality and, thanks to that ultra-fast f/1.2 maximum aperture, can create frames with an incredibly shallow depth of field.

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The PRO lenses are weather resistant and Nano coated.

Other features on both lenses include the focusing ring that’s been positioned at the front of the lens to make focusing easier especially when paired with the large grip of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Also, Olympus say the lens’ L-Fn button is; ‘situated on a gently curving surface which makes it easy to access and that the MF Clutch mechanism allows photographers to instantly switch between auto and manual focusing mode by pulling the focusing ring towards them.’

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO will go on sale from December with a UK price-tag of £1,199, while photographers must wait until March to hand over £1,299 for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO.