Thursday, 24 May 2012

Olympus announce price and availability of 75mm f/1.8

Olympus has confirmed the price and availability of the recently announced 75mm f/1.8 (150mm equivalent). The new lens, said to be aimed at studio users (for portraits), stage and indoor sports photographers will be available in July for $899.99 / £799.99.

Along with the already 'leaked' 60mm f/2.8 macro, Olympus can now claim a decent range of prime lenses; 12mm f/2, 17mm f/2.8, 45mm f/1.8 and now the 60mm and 75mm. And don't forget Panasonic's primes neatly complement the Zuikos, with a 14mm f/2.5, 20mm f/1.7, and two Leica branded lenses: a 25mm f/1.4 and 45mm f/2.5 macro. No wonder the GH2, G3 and EM-5 are attracting serious attention. As good as the rival cameras are from Sony, Nikon, and Samsung,  the Micro Four Thirds system is way ahead.

Sample images can be seen here. (though the lens is still pre-production (ie not using finalised firmware for optical corrections, AF etc)).

The lens can be pre-ordered from B&H Photo (they will send to Europe and the UK) or Amazon US.

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