As the mirrorless camera battle heats up in Australia Olympus has moved to to shore up their range of lenses for their Pen range with the launch of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f1.8 lens.The single focal-length all metal lens delivers a 150mm-equivalent field of view and has a f1.8 aperture in a lens body that is only 2.7 inches long.
Olympus claims the lens is designed for portrait photography, studio and stage shooting, as well as for HD filmmaking.
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The lens is built from ten individual lens elements divided into nine groups, including a 50mm-diameter glass front lens, three ED lenses, and 2 HR lenses. A nine-blade aperature unit provides circular defocusing, and Zuiko extra-low reflection optical coatings were applied to elements to half the reflectance level compared to lenses with other similar coatings. Olympus is using its MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) autofocusing mechanism, with an external precision-touch metallic focus ring for manual focus control.
Though designed for the E-M5 model, the lens will work interchangeably with all of the company’s Micro Four Thirds cameras. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f1.8 lens will be on sale later this year in Australia for around $1,000.