updated 06:45 pm EDT, Sat May 26, 2012
Micro Four Thirds lens boasts 150mm-equivalent field of view
Olympus has outed the M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f1.8 lens for its line of Micro Four Thirds cameras. The single focal-length lens boasts a 150mm-equivalent field of view, an all-metal construction, and a f1.8 aperture into a body only 2.7 inches long. Olympus sees the lens as designed for studio, stage, and portrait photography as well as for HD filmmaking.
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 summer with an estimated price of around $900.