Olympus Adds M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20, Firmware Updates

Been waiting for new stuff from Olympus? The company just launched a new teleconverter and the latest firmware upgrade for two of its interchangeable lens cameras.

Attention, Olympus shooters! The company has just announced a bunch of new stuff you may need: the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20 for super telephoto and super telephoto macro shooting, and the latest firmware upgrades for the professional OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Olympus OM-D E-M1X interchangeable lens cameras. The Olympus Workspace also now has a Firmware Version 1.1 update available.

M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20

The new teleconverter doubles the focal length of the master lens and sports a dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof (-10°C) professional weatherproof construction that allows optimum performance even in the most unforgiving shooting environment. Its 9-element, 4-group lens construction with an HR lens controls various aberrations like chromatic aberration, while the ZERO coating prevents ghosting and flares to ensure outstanding optical performance.

The M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20 is compatible with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8PRO and M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO, as well as the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5TC1.25x IS PRO, which is currently under development.

As with the M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14, the new teleconverter keeps the imaging performance of the master lens as it doubles the focal length, making it ideal for shooting subjects that are usually difficult to approach. For example, it converts the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO for handheld super telephoto at 1200mm (35mm equivalent). Likewise, this combination allows photographers to shoot near actual size at 0.96x (35mm equivalent) from the 0.48x maximum magnification.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20 is now available with SRP of  $429.99 USD and $559.99 CAD, and comes with the body cap BC-3, lens cap LR-2 and lens case LSC-0603.

Firmware updates for OM-D E-M1 Mark II and OM-D E-M1X

Olympus also released the Version 3.0 firmware update for OM-D E-M1 Mark II and the Version 1.1 for the OM-D E-M1X, as well as Firmware Version 1.1. for the Olympus Workspace. The Version 3.0 update adds the high-precision autofocus (AF) performance featured in the newest OM-D model, the E-M1X. The Version 1.1 update, meanwhile, provides support for new functions in the Olympus Workspace.

Here are the main features that the Version 3.0 update brings to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II:

  • Advanced AF Performance thanks to the OM-D E-M1X algorithm
  • Newest Auto Focus Features, including Group 25-point addition to AF target and C-AF Center Priority
  • Low Light Limit Update that allows high-precision focusing in dark scenes and low contrast subjects when using f1.2 lens
  • Improved Image Quality with higher resolution when shooting at low ISO
  • USB RAW Data Edit now supported for faster RAW processing in Olympus Workspace

The Function Support Chart shows the functions that have been upgraded with the firmware:

E-M1X Ver. 1.1
E-M1 mark II Ver. 3.0
AF Group Target 25-point
Already available
Custom AF Target
Already available
C-AF Center Priority
Already available
C-AF Center Start
Already available
C-AF+MF
Already available
Intelligent Subject Detection AF
Already available
Anti-flicker shooting
Already available
OM-Log 400
Already available
ISO L100 (ISO 100 equivalent)
Already available
Frame Rate Priority on Live View Boost/On2
Already available
Focus Stacking: Select from 3 to 15 images
Already available
Focus Stacking: Guide line display
Already available
Art Filter: Instant Film
Already available
Low ISO Processing (Detail Priority)
Already available
Setting changes and playback display while writing to card
Already available
Quick image selection
Already available
USB RAW Data Edit
Live ND shooting
Already available
Handheld High Res Shot
Already available
High-speed shooting: 120 fps (1920×1080/ MOV)
Already available
Bluetooth® connection
Already available
UHS-II compatible dual card slots
Already available
GPS® / Field Sensor System
Already available
USB power supply/battery charging
Already available
Multi Selector
Already available

Olympus Workspace Version 1.1

As for the update to the Olympus Workspace Image Editing Software, Version 1.1 brings the following main features:

  • Focus Stacking added for compositing images shot in Focus Bracketing, so it’s now possible to composite up to 999 images in Olympus Workspace
  • Lighten Composite (and Darken Composite) added for creating images similar to Live Composite on the camera
  • Support for New Functions with USB RAW Data Edit support

 

Visit https://www.getolympus.com/us/en/software to access the Olympus software and Digital Camera Updater and download the updates for free.