Olympus Announces M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro Lens
New Professional High-Magnification Zoom Lens Achieves Superior Resolution and Constant Aperture Throughout the Entire Zoom Range
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., September 19, 2016 - Olympus once again challenges conventional lens design with the new Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO (24-200mm focal length in 35mm equivalent), a compact, lightweight, high-magnification zoom lens that maintains a constant aperture of f4.0 from wide angle to telephoto. The latest addition to the M.ZUIKO PRO series incorporates powerful image stabilization (IS) and covers a focal length range that typically would require two zoom lenses to deliver unrivaled mobility for professionals looking to capture outstanding images in an expanded array of handheld shooting situations.
The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO combines multiple special lens elements to produce a high magnification factor and excellent resolution packed inside a small body. DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lenses, HR (high refractive index) lenses, and Super HR (super-high refractive index) lenses are combined to effectively correct aberration and minimize the number of lens elements in the configuration, reducing the overall length of the lens. By using multiple ED lenses, color fringing that tends to appear in telephoto shooting is thoroughly reduced, maintaining high resolution and edge-to-edge sharpness across the entire zoom range.
The in-lens image stabilization works in concert with Olympus’ in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization of the OM-D and PEN camera ranges to create 5-Axis Sync IS, the world's most powerful image stabilization, with 6.5 shutter speed steps*1of compensation performance. Camera shake commonly associated with handheld telephotography is eliminated, enabling users to capture sharp images and smooth video without the use of a tripod.
In addition to its broad focal range, this high-magnification zoom lens boasts outstanding close-up performance with a minimum working distance of 1.5 cm and a maximum shooting magnification of 0.6x (35mm equivalent) at the 12mm wide-angle setting.
The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO features lightweight, weatherproof construction, providing dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (down to 14°F/-10°C) performance to meet the needs of professional photographers in any shooting situation.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO will be available beginning in November 2016 for an estimated street price of $1299.99 USD and $1599.99 CAD. For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website:getolympus.com
- Compact, lightweight, high-performance, high-magnification zoom lens
The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO has been added to the high-performance M.ZUIKO PRO series to meet the needs of professional photographers. Multiple special lens elements provide a high-magnification factor and superior resolution in a compact lens body.
The DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lenses, HR (high refractive index) lenses, and Super HR (super-high refractive index) lenses have been combined to effectively correct chromatic aberration and minimize the number of lens elements in the configuration, reducing the overall length of the lens. The use of glass materials with a higher refractive index than that of previous DSA lenses has resulted in smaller lens diameters. This makes it possible to build a single lens that covers the focal length of two typical professional zoom lenses.
By using multiple ED lenses, the color fringing that tends to occur in telephoto shooting is thoroughly reduced, maintaining high resolution and edge-to-edge sharpness across the entire zoom range. Olympus Z Coating Nano lens coating technology provides sharp, clear image quality by virtually eliminating flare in backlit situations and maintaining resolution when strong light sources are present in the frame.
- 5-Axis Sync IS, the world's most powerful image stabilization of 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance*1
The Olympus M.ZUIKO 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO is equipped with a built-in image stabilization system for blur-free shooting across the entire high-magnification zoom range. By pairing the lens with a compatible Olympus OM-D or PEN camera, the lens stabilization works in sync with the camera’s in-body stabilization to create 5-Axis Sync IS, the world’s most powerful stabilization system providing up to 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance.*1 Because the in-lens image stabilization alone provides up to 5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance,* the lens can be used even with other camera bodies not equipped with image stabilization.
- Macro capabilities with a minimum working distance of 1.5 cm and a maximum shooting magnification of 0.6x (35mm equivalent)
The close focusing distance of 15 cm at the 12mm wide-angle setting makes it possible to take close-up shots up to 1.5 cm away from the end of the lens, while the maximum shooting magnification of 0.6x (35mm equivalent) opens up new possibilities of expression. The lens design features superb close-up shooting performance even at other focal lengths, with a minimum working distance of 27 cm and a maximum shooting magnification of 0.42x (35mm equivalent) at the 100mm telephoto setting.
- The lens features dustproof and splashproof construction, with hermetic sealing in 12 locations. When combined with the dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof body of an Olympus OM-D series camera, users can take advantage of all types of shooting environments.
- This lens boasts the same high-quality metal exterior design as the other lenses in the M.ZUIKO PRO series. It is equipped with the Manual Focus Clutch mechanism, which makes switching to manual focus possible by pulling the focusing ring toward you. The lens barrel features the Image Stabilization activation switch and the L-Fn button to pause autofocus or assign other custom settings.
* As of September 2016. CIPA guideline compliant, when correction is carried out on two axes (yaw and pitch), focal length: 100mm (35mm equivalent focal length: 200mm).