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Olympus Imaging has announced November availability of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO (35mm equivalent: 34mm, f2.4), with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO (35mm equivalent: 90mm, f2.4) arriving in January.

Olympus says the two new PRO Prime Lenses ‘deliver beautiful feathered bokeh at their maximum f1.2 aperture and outstanding optical resolution’.

These two new primes join the already available M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO (35mm equivalent: 50mm) in the Olympus f1.2 prime range.

Olympus claims the design of the new lenses delivers ‘a new level of three-dimensionality’ by combining bokeh at maximum aperture of f1.2 and high resolution. In fact, it’s all about the bokeh: ‘Unlike many large-aperture, single-focal-length lenses, generally used for portraits, this f1.2 prime lens series offers a unique value of a smoother feathered bokeh as well as high resolution.’

Full press release: m.ZUIKO PRO f1.2 17mm and 45mm – October

COMMENT: You will notice that we have added the 35mm equivalent widest aperture as well as 35mm equivalent focal length. Not usually a big deal, but when the key feature of a lens is its wide aperture/shallow depth of field/’beautiful bokeh’, it’s worth pointing out that not all f1.2 apertures are equal. It’s strange that we almost always point out the focal length equivalent but ignore the equivalence when it comes to apertures. Nonetheless, a widest aperture which is the equivalent of  f2.4 in a full frame camera gives the photographer a good level of DOF control.  

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