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PHOTOKINA: Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO

Olympus Imaging Australia has confirmed November availability of its second Micro Four Thirds lens designed for professional photographers, the M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO.

It joins the standard-wide M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO zoom lens to cover focal lengths from 24mm to 300mm (35mm equivalent), with the same bright f2.8 constant aperture.

The new lens boasts splash- and dust-proof construction and high optical performance. Covering a focal length range equivalent to 80-300mm in 35mm format, the new lens has a constant fast f2.8 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range.

Announced concurrently with the new 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens is the M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14, which has been designed specifically for the new 40-150mm lens. It will also be usable with the up-coming M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 PRO lens, which is still in development.

Olympus has also released its first Zuiko-branded protection filter, the PRF-ZD72 PRO. It features the company’s proprietary ‘Zero’ coating which minimises reflections and has a matte black alumite coating on the inside of the barrel, both of which suppress flare and ghosting.

Key features:
– 80-300mm equivalent focal length in the 35mm format;
– Constant f2.8 aperture;
– Dual VCM drive motor for extremely fast AF speed;
– 16 elements in 10 gropup design;
– Super ED, ED Aspherical and ED, HD high performance lens elements;
– Super high performance Olympus ZERO coating;
– 9-blade circular aperture;
– Manual focus clutch;
– 72mm filter size;
– 11. 7cm close-focusing distance, all zoom settings;
– Detachable swivelling tripod base for vertical and horizontal framing;
– 750g (without tripod base);
– Retractable and detachable lens hood;
– Dust and splash proof.

Click here to read Photo Review’s ‘first look’ review of the new lens.

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