Along with the new PEN E-P7, Olympus has also announced a new ultra-wide zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f/4 PRO is the new autofocus lens with the equivalent focal length range of 16-50mm. If you’re planning to add a wide-angle zoom to your gear bag, let’s see what this new Olympus lens has to offer.
The lens features a constant f/4 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range. It features a manual focus clutch so you can pull the focusing ring into place more quickly. The company promises that autofocus is smooth, quiet, and fast, so you can also use it for videos if you prefer it to manual focusing.
As for the lens construction, it was made from 16 elements in ten groups and has a rounded seven-blade aperture. It packs one DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) element, one ED (extra-low dispersion) element, two aspherical ED elements, one Super ED element, one HR (high-refractive index) element, one Super HR element, and one HD element. All these elements work together to minimize aberrations, distortion, and color fringing throughout the zoom range.
The lens is usable in less than ideal weather conditions as it’s dust-, freeze-, and drip-proof Here are the specs and some more photos:
- Focal Length: 8 to 25mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 16 to 50mm)
- Maximum Aperture: f/4
- Minimum Aperture: f/22
- Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
- Format Compatibility: Micro Four Thirds
- Angle of View: 107° to 47°
- Minimum Focus Distance: 9.1″ / 23 cm
- Maximum Magnification: 0.07 to 0.21x
- Optical Design: 16 Elements in 10 Groups
- Diaphragm Blades: 7, Rounded
- Focus Type: Autofocus
- Image Stabilization: Yes
- Filter Size: 72 mm (Front)
- Dimensions (ø x L): 3 x 3.5″ / 77 x 88.5 mm
- Weight: 14.5 oz / 411 g
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f/4 PRO is available for preorders and it will set you back $1,099.99. It’s expected to start shipping in July 2021.