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MFT lenses from Olympus

Ever since launching its first Four Thirds cameras in 2003, Olympus has provided its equipment users with roadmaps of new lens releases to help them plan their system development. This welcome tradition has continued in the era of mFT. So what has the company currently in the pipeline? The company has notably been expanding its PRO range of high-quality, weather-proof lenses. Moreover, there have been rumors that Olympus will release additional fast f/1.2 primes, but no details on these lenses have emerged so far.

New Olympus lenses

19 Sep

Olympus 4/12-100mm IS PRO

olympus mzd 12 100mm 40
  • Zoom with focal length of 24-200mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Rounded Seven-Blade Diaphragm
  • Aspherical and Low Dispersion Elements
  • ZERO Coating and Z Coating Nano
  • MSC High-Speed Imager AF System
  • Five-Axis Sync Image Stabilization
  • MF Clutch, Lens Function Button
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Front filter: E72
  • Weight: 561 g
  • Length: 116.5 mm
  • Maximum diamter: 77.5 mm
  • Available from November 2016
  • Launch price: $1,299
  • Street price: check availability at Amazon
19 Sep

Olympus 1.2/25mm PRO

olympus mzd 25mm 12
  • Fast standard prime lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Four High Refractive Index Elements
  • MSC High-Speed Imager AF System
  • Internal Focusing, MF Clutch
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Front filter: E62
  • Weight: 410 g
  • Length: 87 mm
  • Maximum diamter: 70 mm
  • Available from October 2016
  • Launch price: $1,199
  • Street price: check availability at Amazon
19 Sep

Olympus 3.5/30mm Macro

olympus mzd 30mm 35
  • Macro lens with a focal length of 60mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Two Aspherical Elements, One EDA Element
  • Maximum Magnification: 1.25x
  • Minimum focus distance of 9.5cm
  • Front filter: E46
  • Weight: 128 g
  • Length: 60 mm
  • Maximum diamter: 57 mm
  • Available from October 2016
  • Launch Price: $299
  • Street Price: check latest offers at Amazon

After the 300mm PRO lens became available, Olympus had delivered on all the optics that were listed on its last roadmap, which dates back to 2014. However, some of the rumoured, but not officially confirmed f/1.2 primes were not yet on the 2014-infographic. Perhaps it's time for a new roadmap...

lens pipeline
Olympus Micro Four-Thirds lens road map 2014[olympus]

Since the Olympus PEN E-P1 was launched in June 2009 with two lenses, a largely complete lens catalog has been built up. Indeed, there have been more lenses released by now from Olympus for m43 than for the predecessor system, Four Thirds. Below is a categorized overview of all mFT lenses available from Olympus. Similar listings, respectively, of all mFT lenses (across all manufacturers that support the system) and all Four Thirds lenses are available separately.

Headline Specifications of Olympus MFT Lenses
Wideangle Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Olympus ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO AF no YES 106.0 79.0 534 2015 1299 latest check
Olympus ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO AF no YES 80.0 62.0 314 2015 999 latest check
Olympus 9mm f/8 Fish-Eye Body Cap Lens MF no no 12.7 55.9 30 2014 99 latest check
Olympus 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 MSC AF 52 no 49.5 56.5 155 2010 699 latest check
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 MSC AF 46 no 43.0 56.0 130 2011 799 latest check
Olympus 15mm f/F8.0 Body Cap Lens MF no no 9.0 56.0 22 2012 49 latest check
Olympus 17mm f/1.8 AF 46 no 36.0 58.0 120 2012 499 latest check
Olympus 17mm f/2.8 Pancake AF 37 no 22.0 57.0 71 2009 299 latest check
Standard Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO AF 62 YES 84.0 70.0 382 2013 999 latest check
Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ AF 52 YES 83.0 57.0 211 2011 499 latest check
Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 AF 40.5 no 43.5 62.0 150 2009 199 - check
Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II MSC AF 37 no 50.0 56.5 112 2010 199 - check
Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R AF 37 no 50.0 56.5 112 2011 299 latest check
Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ AF 37 no 23.0 61.0 91 2014 249 latest check
Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO AF 62 YES 87 70 410 2016 1199 latest check
Olympus 25mm f/1.8 AF 46 no 41.0 56.0 136 2014 399 latest check
Olympus ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro AF 46 no 60.0 57.0 128 2016 299 latest check
Superzoom Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Olympus ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO AF 72 YES 116.5 77.5 561 2016 1299 latest check
Olympus 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 MSC AF 58 no 83.0 63.5 260 2010 599 - check
Olympus 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 II AF 58 YES 83.0 63.5 285 2015 599 latest check
Tele Primes Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 MSC AF 37 no 46.0 56.0 116 2011 399 latest check
Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro AF 46 YES 82.0 56.0 186 2012 499 latest check
Olympus 75mm f/1.8 AF 58 no 69.0 64.0 305 2012 899 latest check
Olympus 300mm f/4 IS Pro AF 77 YES 227 92.5 1475 2016 2499 latest check
Tele Zooms Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro AF 72 YES 160.0 79.0 880 2014 1499 latest check
Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 MSC AF 58 no 86.0 64.0 190 2010 329 - check
Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R AF 58 no 86.0 64.0 190 2011 329 latest check
Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 MSC AF 58 no 116.0 70.0 430 2010 899 - check
Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II AF 58 no 117.0 69.0 423 2013 549 latest check

Further Reading

One advantage of the Micro Four Thirds system is that it is supported by several lens manufacturers. Thus, even though you might primarily be an Olympus shooter, having a look also at the Panasonic roadmap or the mFT lens compendium will provide a more comprehensive view on where the system is going. Also, in case you are interested to see how a particular camera-lens combination looks, check out the matching tool at four-thirds.org.