Olympus unveils new 25mm f/1.2 low light and portrait lens

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Olympus has unveiled a trio of brand new lenses for its M.Zuiko Pro lineup: the ED 25mm f/1.2 Pro, ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS Pro, and ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro.

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25mm f/1.2 Pro

First up is the M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 Pro. Coming in at a full frame equivalent focal length of 50mm, this fast prime offers a normal filed of view on Micro Four Thirds cameras and is made up of 19 elements in 14 groups.

Inside the lens is a lightweight autofocus system that relies on a single element for fast and accurate autofocus. It’s designed for use in both still photography and video, and uses Olympus’ Movie and Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus mechanism for smooth and quiet operation.

Olympus says the lens is dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof down to 14°F/–10°C. It features a nine-blade aperture diaphragm which, when paired with the fast f/1.2 aperture, should make for some impressive bokeh.

The lens is set to retail for $1,200 when it drops in October.

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12-100mm f/4.0 IS Pro

Olympus also announced its brand new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS Pro lens. Measuring in at an equivalent focal range of 24-200mm, the lens is comprised of 17 elements in 11 groups, with multiple elements designed specifically for the reduction of color casts, ghosting, and chromatic aberation.

The lens features optical image stabilization, which works alongside Olympus’ 5-Axis Sync IS to give upwards of 6.5 stops of shutter speed compensation when used with compatible Olympus OM-D or PEN cameras.

Despite the long zoom range, the lens offers impressive macro capabilities thanks to its minimum focusing distance of just 15 centimeters (5.9 inches).

The 12-100mm f/4.0 IS Pro has a seven blade aperture diaphragm, and is said to be both dustproof and splashproof, thanks to specialized sealing at 12 different locations.

The lens should ship in November with a retail price of $1,300.

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30mm f/3.5 Macro

Wrapping up the lens announcements is the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro. Comprised of seven elements in six groups, the lens features a full frame equivalent focal length of 60mm and up to 2.5x magnification.

The lens features a seven-blade aperture for smooth bokeh on macro subjects, and includes three specialized optical elements for reducing unwanted chromatic aberration and ghosting.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro is set to ship in October and retail for $300.

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