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These are the new Olympus lenses that will be announced in the next few weeks:
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25 mm F1.8 lens
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25 mm f/1.8:

  • 46mm filter size
  • 0.25m minimum focusing distance
  • will be available in black and silver finish
  • the price in Japan will be ¥35,000 (around $330)
  • accessories: new lens cap BCL-0980 and macro converter MCON-P02

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens
Olympus EZ M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6:

  • 37mm filter size
  • will be available in black and silver finish
  • automatic lens cap (sold separately)
  • the price in Japan will be ¥35,000 (around $330)


Olympus BCL-0980 9mm f8 fisheye lens
Olympus 9mm f/8.0 fisheye lens cap (BCL-0980):

  • Minimum focusing distance is 0.2m

Via Digicame-info

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  • Arn

    The shame with Olympus primes, is than they don’t try anymore to correct distortion with a good optical formula, but with image post-processing. And they sold them at the price of a true prime.
    More infos : http://www.photozone.de/olympus–four-thirds-lens-tests/673-oly12f2?start=1

    “…The M.Zuiko lens produces only a slight degree of barrel distortion
    (~0.7%) which is only rarely noticeable in field conditions. However,
    this is only a part of the story. Micro-4/3 images are auto-corrected
    according to the stored lens profile (lens firmware) – this is done
    either by the camera (JPEG) or by the more popular RAW-converters a la
    Photoshop. The “untouched RAW” results, showing the original capability
    of the lens, are much worse with a barrel distortion as extreme as ~5.4%
    which is rather disappointing for a prime lens….”

    5% of distorion for a prime ? Seriously ?

    • Jer81

      The good thing with Olympus (and Panasonic) is that the distortion is solved in body. So no one will be bothered with it. The benefits are greater. Small and light lenses. And the funny thing is that you pick the prime lens with the most distortion and sells it like it is every prime. Who are you fooling?

      • josh

        he never shots a real camera, just copy/paste foolishness from internet then get bent out of shape just to have something to bash with the keyboard.

        • Arn

          Hoo, poor Josh, i’ve said bad thing about your favorite toy ? :)

          When you buy a prime by Canon, Nikon, Pentax… they are true primes, they don’t need to correct their major flaws with in camera body treatment. Oly prefers to propose a flawed lens with some computer corrections behind, if you’re okay with that…

          • Andrzej Lukowiec

            “The lens shows moderate barrel distortion at around 1.7%, which is a bit more than one would expect from a prime lens in this focal range.” This is from the same, photozone.de, in regards to “true” Nikkor 35mm f1.8G DX prime…

          • Andrzej Lukowiec

            And… “Typical for most fast primes the AF-S 35 shows a considerable amount of bokeh fringing at large aperture settings. Stopping down helps to reduce the amount of LoCAs significantly.

            In addition, these shots also show the focus shift when stopping down, which was mentioned in the MTF section”
            A “true” Nikkor… I believe this is the way they design those lenses ;)

      • Duncan Dimanche

        it’s true that it does suck for RAW shooters… and even in-body correction affects the image quality….

        After 5mn of research:

        3.45% distortion for the 35-100… at 35mm (70)
        http://www.photozone.de/m43/852_panasonic35100f28?start=1

        and their 17mm 1.8 at 4,5% in RAW…
        http://www.photozone.de/m43/840-olympus17f18?start=1

        not a big deal if your ssofware handles those lens for barrel distortion but if not…

    • Andrzej Lukowiec

      You are talking about 12mm prime. Their 45mm one has less distortion than Nikkor 50mm F1.4… :D

      • Arn

        Are you for real ?
        A 45mm on a Oly body equal 90mm, of course there is no distortion at that focal…

        • Andrzej Lukowiec

          I am. It equals 90mm only in FOV. But the optics are still 45mm.

          • Dpablo unfiltered

            Ok. So crop the center portion of the Nikon 50 and then get back to me on how much distortion it has there.

          • Dpablo unfiltered

            Oh, and my favorite lens of those is the pancake zoom.

          • Andrzej Lukowiec

            According to photozone.de… “The lens shows moderate barrel distortion at around 0.6%. This is slightly more than you’d expect from a fix focal lens.” Enough? Now go and play with your toys… Or release your frustration elsewhere.

        • Andrzej Lukowiec

          BTW, that Nikkor has a terrible focus shift. ;)

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