Looking for add a telephoto lens to your Micro Four Thirds camera? You’re in luck. At the 2013 CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show in Yokohama, Japan, Olympus unveiled an affordable 75-300mm (150-600mm 35mm equivalent) that complements its OM-D E-M5 and PEN-series cameras.
The compact, lightweight M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II lens retains the same focal length and components as its predecessor (same long name, just without the “II”). What’s different is that Olympus added a new coating (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical, or ZERO) that will keep scratches off and eliminate ghosting and lens flare, the company claims. The lens also incorporates a near-silent MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) focusing system that reduces unwanted whirring. A circular aperture with seven blades helps to create that smooth, evenly defocused bokeh effect.
The lens will list for $550 and go on sale sometime in March.