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Olympus ED 8mm PRO & ED 7-14mm PRO Zoom Lens
panasonic20150519aa.jpgOlympus is pleased to announce two new professional wide-angle lenses: The M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f1.8 PRO, the world’s brightest fisheye lens; and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO zoom, a professional-grade ultra-wide zoom with a fast constant aperture.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f1.8 PRO lens is the fastest series production fisheye lens in the world with its f1.8 bright aperture. Targeted at photographers with astronomy, underwater, landscape and professional-imaging interests, this special lens captures distinctive ‘fisheye’ perspectives with the viewing angle of a 16mm* lens.

An extraordinarily high level of sophistication has been applied to its optical design, with emphasis on the absolute minimisation of comatic and chromatic aberrations at large apertures – optical issues especially critical in wide field astro-imaging. Its optics comprises seventeen high-performance lens elements arranged in fifteen groups, to achieve extremely high clarity across the image field up to the periphery of the recorded image. Special lens elements include Olympus’ proprietary Super HR (Super High Refractive) and Super ED (Super Extra-Low Dispersion) glass.

With a remarkable compactness, and light weight of just 315g, the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f1.8 PRO arguably represents ILC optical engineering at the very leading edge.
 

Feature highlights


M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f1.8 PRO


1.    16mm* fisheye
2.    World’s fastest F1.8 aperture
3.    17 elements in 15 groups design that fully minimises comatic and chromatic aberrations
4.    3x Super ED, 2x ED, Super HR, HR and ASPH elements
5.    ZERO high performance multi-coating
6.    2.5 cm min. focus distance
7.    Astro, underwater, nature and professional fisheye imaging applications
8.    Dust, Freeze and Splashproof

panasonic20150519ab.jpgM.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO


1.    14-28mm* ultra-wide angle
2.    Fast F2.8 constant aperture
3.    14 elements in 11 groups
4.    2x EDA, 1x DSA, 3x Super ED high performance elements
5.    ZERO high performance multi-coating
6.    7.5 cm min. focus distance
7.    Reportage, landscape, nature and architecture applications
8.    Dust, Freeze and Splashproof
 
The highly anticipated M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO is the ultra-wide lens of the standard ‘professional trio’ of fast Zuiko f2.8 zooms with focal lengths that are most demanded by enthusiasts and professional photographers. This trinity includes the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm PRO and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm PRO lenses already in market. Their combined focal length range from 14-300mm*.

With a fast f2.8 aperture specification, the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO zoom has an extremely wide viewing angle of 14-28mm*. It is aimed at the professional and enthusiast, with reportage, sport, landscape, nature and architecture imaging requirements. Its optical design features the highest performance optical materials that include DSA (Dual Super Aspheric), EDA (Extra-Low Dispersion Aspheric) and three Super ED elements, for superb imaging clarity. Distortion is minimal at all zoom settings. High optical quality at wide apertures facilitates handheld photographic freedom when combined with an Olympus camera body that has 5-Axis Image Stabilisation, such as the professional OM-D E-M1 and the E-M5 Mark II. A light weight of 534g matches the portability of all OM-D system camera bodies.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f1.8 PRO are both environmentally-sealed against dust, water and the freezing cold (to minus ten degrees Celsius) for high operational reliability. Olympus ZERO multicoating (Zuiko Extra-low Reflectance Optical) is applied on all lens surfaces of both lenses to effectively suppress ghosting and flare.

The retail prices of both lenses are to be announced, both lenses are expected to be available in late June.
 

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In Greek mythology, Mt.Olympus is the home of the twelve supreme gods and goddesses. Olympus was named after this mountain to reflect its strong aspiration to create high quality, world famous products.

"Olympus" has been used as a trademark since the time of Takachiho Seisakusho, the predecessor of Olympus Corporation.

In Japanese mythology, it is said that eight million gods and goddesses live in Takamagahara, the peak of Mt.Takachiho. The name "Olympus" was selected as the trademark because Mt.Olympus, like Mt.Takachiho, was the home of gods and goddesses. This trademark is also imbued with the aspiration of Olympus to illuminate the world with its optical devices, just like Takamagahara brought light to the world.

Takachiho Seisakusho was renamed Takachiho Optical Co., Ltd. in 1942 when optical products became the mainstay of the company. In 1947, the name was changed again to Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. in an attempt to enhance its corporate image.

And in 2003, the company made a fresh start as Olympus Corporation, to show its willingness to establish a dynamic corporate brand by unifying the corporate name and the well-known brand.

In recent years, Olympus Corporation has focused on "Opto-Digital Technology" as its core competence, technological strengths that competitors cannot easily imitate, to maximize corporate value and to become one of the top optical instrument manufactures.

 

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