Olympus 8-20mm f/2.8-4 lens patent

Olympus filed a new patent in Japan for a 8-20mm f/2.8-4 lens for Micro Four Thirds:

  • Patent number 2012-194238
  • Patent release date: October 11th, 2012
  • Patent filing date: March 15, 2011
  • Focal length: 7.629 - 19.848mm
  • Aperture: 2.933 - 4.000
  • Half angle of view: 30.843-92.529°
  • Image height: 12.029mm
  • Lens design: 14 elements in 11 groups

The patent also contains calculations for a 8-35mm f/2.2-4.0 and 8-74mm f/2.8-4 lenses.

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  • madmax


    Sorry, too much wine…
    But really, this is major…

    • EnPassant

      When you will learn about the price for this beauty you will get sober in an instant! 😉

  • Patrick

    Wow – 8-74mm would be the ultimate vacation lens.

    • sight

      Given that bright f/2.8-4,
      8-47mm will make more sense.

      • Michael

        I’d like a 0-∞mm f/0 lens!

  • mythbuster

    If they could make it 8-25 mm it would be perfect! Anyway, it would be highly desirable the lens be short enough to fit Pan and Oly small bodies with a good balance. Price is the only real concern about this…

    • Michael

      You would hope that they make the long side shorter. You definitely don’t want a large lens.

  • Having the lens start at 8mm (16mm ) equivalent is going to make the lens bigger and optically more complex for a focal length that is not that useful and already available in the 9-18mm
    Olympus would be better inspired having a top notch 10-20mm


    • mythbuster

      You are right, although I´d prefer 10-25 mm. 20 mm equivalent wide angle is enough for me.

  • Dummy00001

    > and 8-74mm f/2.8-4 lenses.

    They should build and demo prototype for the lens. Sounds yummy, but I feel that it would be also suitable as a self-defense weapon.

    Otherwise, a good response to the Panny’s 12-35.

  • DP

    The 8-20 would definitely be a large lens on M43, but the other two must be for something else, like a point and shoot or super zoom bridge camera.

    No way they could make a lens with those specs that would cover the 43 sensor and be reasonably sized.

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