Olympus just announced two super fast f/1.2 Pro lenses for Micro Four Thirds

Oct 26, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Olympus just announced two super fast f/1.2 Pro lenses for Micro Four Thirds

Oct 26, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Micro Four Thirds has been getting some love the last couple of days. First we have Sigma’s new 16mm f/1.4 announcement yesterday. Today Olympus are raising the bar with a pair of super fast f/1.2 Pro primes.

First up, the M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.2 PRO, that might attract a few higher end MFT shooters over Sigma’s 16mm. Firmly aimed at portrait shooters, the second lens is the M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.2 PRO.

M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.2 PRO

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With the 2x crop, the 17mm lens gives a similar field of view to a 35mm on a full frame body. It’s a nice comfortable field of view to be at for environmental portraits. And that fast f/1.2 aperture is going to let you use it in some pretty dark locations.

  • Focal Length : 17mm
  • Max Aperture : f/1.2
  • Min Aperture : f/16
  • Mount : Micro Four Thirds
  • Format : Micro Four Thirds
  • Minimum focus distance : 7.87″ (20cm)
  • Elements : 15 elements in 11 groups
  • Diaphragm Blades : 9
  • Filter Thread : 62mm
  • Dimensions : 2.69×3.43″ (68.2x87mm)
  • Weight : 13.76oz (390g)

M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.2 PRO

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The 45mm looks like a fantastic portrait lens, offering a slightly narrower field of view than an 85mm lens on a full frame body. With an f/1.2 aperture, you can get that super shallow depth of field look, even on a 2x crop sensor.

  • Focal Length : 45mm
  • Max Aperture : f/1.2
  • Min Aperture : f/16
  • Mount : Micro Four Thirds
  • Format : Micro Four Thirds
  • Minimum focus distance : 1.64′ (50cm)
  • Elements : 14 elements in 10 groups
  • Diaphragm Blades : 9 rounded
  • Filter Thread : 62mm
  • Dimensions : 2.86×3.34″ (70.2×84.9mm)
  • Weight : 14.46oz (420g)

Aside from the obvious benefits to stills photographers, I can see them both becoming favourites for video shooters, too. That 17mm on a GH5 would be fantastic for establishing shots, or wide shots on something like an interview. Both the 17mm and 45mm with nice fast f/1.2 apertures would be great for wedding video shooters, too.

The first to ship will be the M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.2 Pro in November 2017. It costs $1,199, and you can pre-order it now. The M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.2 Pro is also available to pre-order now for $1,199 and ships in January 2018.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “Olympus just announced two super fast f/1.2 Pro lenses for Micro Four Thirds”

  1. Daniel Scott Avatar
    Daniel Scott

    Doris Cameron

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      Daniel Scott

      I am the same. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want them hahaha

  2. Ashwin Vyas Avatar
    Ashwin Vyas

    Quality glass is the curse of the clicking classes.