Next month will see the debut of two new Micro Four Thirds lenses from Olympus – the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Pro and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro
Touted as the world’s brightest fisheye lens, the Olympus 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Pro (priced £799.99) has a minimum focusing distance of 2.5cm and maximum magnification of 0.2x.
According to Olympus, the f/1.8 fisheye ‘opens up a new world of creative photography, ideal for unique, quirky panoramas, sports action and close-ups taken from the widest of angles’.
The 17-elements-in-15-groups lens measures 62 x 80mm (diameter x length) and weighs 315g.
To coincide with the launch of the 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Pro, there will be a companion underwater accessory for divers, the PPO-EP02 Compact Waterproof Dome Lens Port, due out in July, priced £699.99.
Meanwhile, the 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro is the first wideangle zoom lens in the M.Zuiko Pro series. Features include a manual-focus clutch so users can instantly switch from AF to MF by pulling the focus ring towards the camera body.
The ‘weatherproof’ lens contains 11 seals and boasts a close-focusing distance of 7.5cm. The 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro is expected to cost £999.99.