Today, Olympus announces the latest model in its OM-D line of Micro Four Thirds cameras, the E-M10. Together with the camera, a new 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens is announced, sporting a pancake-like profile as slim as that of the 17mm f2.8 lens. The second new Micro Four Thirds lens introduced today is the 25mm f1.8, which sports an angle-of-view comparable to that of a classic normal 50mm lens. The third new lens is a 9mm fisheye body-cap lens. All the details on the new OM-D camera and M.Zuiko lenses after the break.
Editor’s Note: Be sure to see our first impressions as well
Yup, all the rumors you read were true. Today, Olympus announces the OM-D E-M1, the high-end Micro Four Thirds camera, and along with it the M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens. Both items are marketed at the high-end crowd, i.e. the professional photographer as well as the seriously serious amateur/hobbyist. But more than that, the E-M1 is also Olympus’ answer to the call for a worthy successor to the E-5, the company’s last Four Thirds DSLR. Sporting a hybrid phase-detection/contrast autofocus, the E-M1 can focus both Four Thirds (via adapter) as well as Micro Four Thirds lenses quickly and accurately. Apart from that, Olympus packed a whole lot of other innovations into the E-M1. Details after the break.
Recently, I went on a photowalk with a friend. We went to Frankfurt, the European capital of finance, to do some street and architectural shooting. After roaming the busy streets of Frankfurt’s city center, around 7 pm, my friend suggested we head to the banks of the river Main to get a better look at the skyline. Once we arrived, he set up his tripod, mounted his Nikon D800 equipped with the 14-24mm f2.8 on it, and laid down on the grass. When I asked him what he was up to, he said, “Now we wait for the blue hour to arrive.”
Yes. I know. We’re late with this review. But as a matter of fact, we never managed to procure a review unit when the lens first was released. So when I recently decided to add it to my Micro Four Thirds setup, the opportunity to review it finally arose. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 (this being its full, official designation) was first presented at photokina 2010, and hit markets shortly thereafter. It’s a compact wide-angle solution for the budget-conscious Micro Four Thirds shooter, and compared to its main competitor, the Panasonic Lumix G 7-14mm f4, it’s all smaller, lighter and more affordable, albeit lacking both the extreme 7mm wide-angle as well as the constant aperture. But how does Olympus’ take on the super wide-angle zoom lens fare in actual use? Read our review to find out.
Since its inception, the Micro Four Thirds format has only had one option for a 35mm equivalent, the Olympus 17mm f2.8. While its performance greatly lacks behind Panasonic’s 20mm f1.7, this lens has been the budget friendly prime that many buyers opt to purchase in place of a kit zoom. Thankfully, Olympus has introduced a newer, more high performance 17mm to the mix, the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.ZUIKO lens.
Olympus has been on a roll with their latest batch of Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lenses. They kicked off this run with the 12mm F2 and followed it up with the 45mm f1.8 and the 75mm f1.8. Their newest offering is something different, their first MFT macro lens. The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 Macro is Olympus’ newest offering and we’ve got our hands on it. Here’s our initial thoughts…