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OM Digital Solutions unveils ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II, 40-150mm F4 PRO lenses: Digital Photography Review


Alongside the release of its OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera, OM Digital Solutions has also released two new OM System Micro Four Thirds lenses: the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12–40mm F2.8 PRO II and M.Zuiko Digital ED 40–150mm F4.0 PRO.

Starting with the similarities between the two lenses, both are dust- and splash-proof, rated at IP53, and will operate in temperatures as low as -10ºC (14ºF). Both lenses feature a fluorine coating on the front element, a seven-blade aperture diaphragm, a maximum F22 aperture, a 62mm front filter thread and autofocus for both lenses is driven by quiet stepper motors that carries over the Olympus-era ‘Movie and Still Compatible (MSC)’ branding.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12–40mm F2.8 PRO II

The 12–40mm F2.8 PRO II is an updated version of the original 2013 lens. It features improved sealing, taking it up to the IP53 standard and adds fluorine coating to keep water and dirt off the front element.

The optical formula is unchanged, comprising 14 elements in nine groups, including one Extra-low Dispersion Aspherical (EDA) element, two aspherical elements, one Dual Super Aspherical (DSA) element, two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) element and one High-Definition (HD) element. It features a minimum focusing distance of 20cm (7.9”) and measures 67mm (2.6”) diameter, 84mm (3.3”) long and weighs 382g (13.5oz) without the lens caps or hood.

Olympus says the addition of ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) Coating will better eliminate ghosting and flares and should improve image quality in backlit conditions.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 40–150mm F4.0 PRO

The 40–150mm F4.0 PRO is a completely new design, constructed of 15 elements in nine groups. It includes two Extra-low dispersion (ED) elements, one Super ED element, one High Refractive (HR) element and two aspherical elements. The lens delivers a minimum focusing distance of 70cm (27.6”) and measures 69mm (2.72″) diameter, 99mm (3.9″) long and weighs the same 382g (13.5oz) as the 12-40mm, without the lens caps or hood.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12–40mm F2.8 PRO II and M.Zuiko Digital ED 40–150mm F4.0 PRO are expected to be available early March 2022 for $1,000 USD / $1,299 CAD and $900 USD / $1,150 CAD, respectively. Both lenses come with a front and rear lens cap as well as a lens hood, cloth carrying case, instruction manual and warranty card.

Press releases:

Introducing A “New Classic” Standard Zoom Lens and the World’s Most Compact, Lightweight1 Telephoto Zoom Lens

Available with both lenses

Reliable weather-resistant performance for stress-free shooting even in punishing environments

Advanced IP53 dustproof and splashproof performance, and freezeproof performance to 14°F Both lenses clear the IPX3 and higher splashproof tests, far exceeding the conventional IPX1 rating, as well as dustproof tests. Both feature IP53 dustproof and splashproof performance for peace of mind in even more punishing conditions. They can also function in low-temperature environments down to 14°F, and pairing these lenses with a dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof camera body makes it possible to continue shooting in punishing environments such as rain, snow, and even dusty environments with peace of mind.

Fluorine coating added

In addition to water, oil, and dust repellent performance, the fluorine coating on the front-most lens reduces friction. Both lenses can easily be cleaned with a blower or cloth when dirty, allowing users to continue shooting immediately.

MAIN FEATURES: M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II

Further improved high image quality and a compact, lightweight design in a standard zoom lens with a fixed maximum aperture of F2.8

Optical design with 14 elements in nine groups for excellent resolution across the entire zoom range

This model uses an optical design with 14 elements in nine groups (one EDA lens, two aspherical lenses, one DSA lens, two ED lenses, one HD lens, two HR lenses) with four aspherical lenses including a DSA lens effectively placed to achieve a compact, lightweight form and superior depictive performance expected of an M.Zuiko PRO lens. Effectively compensating for aberrations that occur when zooming, results in high resolution from the center to the edges of the frame across the entire zoom range, from wide-angle 24mm equivalent to mid-telephoto 80mm equivalent1. This high-performance lens fully utilizes the high image quality performance of the camera body when using High Res Shot mode.

Clearer, sharper imaging than ever before

The latest manufacturing techniques suppress surface scattering on aspherical lenses, significantly reducing flares compared to conventional products, resulting in clearer depictive performance. Optimal placement of coating, including ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, improves resistance in backlit situations.

PRICING & AVAILABILITY:

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II

$999.99 USD; $1,299.99 CAD

Availability date: Early March 2022

BUNDLED ACCESSORIES:

LH-66D Lens Hood

This lens hood is designed exclusively for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II. It reduces unwanted light entering the lens in backlit scenes and protects the lens.

MAIN FEATURES: M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0 PRO

The world’s most compact, lightweight1 and high image quality telephoto zoom lens

Excellent resolution across the entire zoom range from 80mm to 300mm [full-frame equiv.]

This lens uses the same fundamental structure as the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO, which is well known for its high resolution, and incorporates an optical design with 15 elements in nine groups (two ED lenses, one Super ED lens, one HR lens and two aspherical lenses). An effective layout of special lenses helps to thoroughly suppress chromatic aberration, which tends to occur with telephoto lenses, and delivers high-resolution imaging from the maximum aperture value across the entire zoom range and frame while maintaining a compact and lightweight form. The lens also features ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, thoroughly eliminating ghosts and flares for clear depictive performance even in difficult conditions such as backlit scenes. This high-performance lens fully utilizes the high image quality performance of the camera body even when using High Res Shot mode.

The world’s most compact, lightweight model1 delivers unrivaled portability, and an inner zoom system improves usability

A retracting mechanism makes this the world’s most compact, lightweight model as a fixed aperture value, 300mm equivalent (35mm equivalent) telephoto zoom lens, measuring approximately 99.4 mm long (124 mm long when in use) and weighing approximately 382 g, making it amazingly compact and lightweight. The lens was designed with a focus on ease of use when shooting and is equipped with a mechanism that makes it possible to retract and store the lens simply by turning the zoom ring. It also uses an inner zoom system that keeps the lens length the same across the entire focal length, suppressing center of gravity changes while zooming. Using compact, lightweight lenses in the front drastically reduces the feeling of heaviness, eliminating the long lens barrel and weight at the front of the lens, which is common to telephoto lenses, making shooting easier and more well-balanced.

Closest focusing distance of 70 cm (at all focal distances), and macro capabilities with a maximum image magnification of 0.41x2

This model features a closest focusing distance of 70 cm across the entire zoom range, just like the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO. At the telephoto end, close-up shooting is possible up to a maximum image magnification of 0.41x. Despite being a telephoto zoom, this lens also possesses superior close-up shooting performance for a wide range of applications. Focus Stacking3 is also supported, which captures multiple shots at different focal positions, and then automatically composites the shot. When paired with a compatible camera, this mode allows you take macro photos that are completely in focus from the front to the back of the image.

PRICING & AVAILABILITY:

M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0 PRO

$899.99 USD; $1,149.99 CAD

Availability date: Early March 2022

BUNDLED ACCESSORIES:

LH-66E Lens Hood

This lens hood is specifically designed for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0 PRO. It reduces unwanted light entering the lens in backlit scenes and protects the lens.

LC-62G Lens Cap

Footnotes

1. As of February 15, 2022. The world’s most compact, lightweight model as a fixed aperture, 300mm equivalent (35mm equivalent) telephoto zoom lens. Our in-house research.
2. 35mm equivalent.
3. The camera firmware may need to be updated to use this feature. See the website for information on supported cameras and firmware versions.

OM System 12-40mm PRO II, 40-150mm F4.0 PRO Specifications

  OM System 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II OM System 40-150mm F4.0 PRO
Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size FourThirds
Focal length 12–40 mm 40–150 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8 F4
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Aperture notes Circular diaphragm
Optics
Elements 14 15
Groups 9
Special elements / coatings 1 aspherical element, 1 dual-sided aspherical element, 2 ED glass elements, 2 HR glass elements, 1 EDA glass element, 1 HD glass element 2 ED lens, 1 super ED lens, 1 HR lens, 2 aspherical lens
Focus
Minimum focus 0.20 m (7.87) 0.70 m (27.56)
Maximum magnification 0.3× 0.21×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Focus notes Manual Focus Clutch mechanism
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Physical
Weight 382 g (0.84 lb)
Diameter 70 mm (2.76) 69 mm (2.71)
Length 84 mm (3.31) 99 mm (3.91)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock No
Filter thread 62 mm
Filter notes Does not rotate on focusing
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar No
Optional accessories PRF-ZD62 PRO Protection Filter
LSC-0811 Lens Case
CS-53 Wrapping Cloth
PRF-ZD62 PRO Protection Filter
LSC-0811 Lens Case
Other
Notes This lens is rated for IP53 dust- and splash-resistance.

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