Olympus announces the M.Zuiko 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ, a Micro Four Thirds System zoom lens.
The first Olympus to feature a motorized zoom mechanism with zoom ratio of 4.2x starting from a wide angle of 24mm, it is ideal for taking wide shots even indoors. Its AF system, which is based on the MSC mechanism, ensures faster and quieter shooting.
Employing the dust-/splash-proof mechanism originally featured in the ZUIKO DIGITAL SHG series lenses, the M.Zuiko 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ includes convenient features like the macro mode for close-up shooting at 0.72X magnification and the L-Fn button with focus stop function.
Read on for the full press release.
Olympus Imaging Singapore is pleased to announce the release of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ, a Micro Four Thirds System standard-compliant zoom lens featuring a motorised zoom mechanism with zoom ratio of 4.2X starting from a wide angle of 24mm (35mm camera equivalent).
This zoom lens has a zoom ratio of approximately 4.2X, covering a range that extends from a wide angle of 24mm (35mm camera equivalent) – ideal for taking wide shots even indoors – to a medium telephoto focal length of 100mm (35mm camera equivalent), which is optimal for portraits. It is the first Olympus interchangeable lens to incorporate a motorised zoom mechanism, which is especially useful in movie shooting, thanks to the smooth, quiet zooming. The AF system is based on the MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism enhanced by a newly developed linear motor drive that enables faster, quieter focusing.
To assure the best possible image quality, this sophisticated lens comprises 9 lens groups with 10 elements, including three aspherical elements. Special glass materials are used extensively to correct various aberrations and all lens surfaces are multi-coated to ensure high transmittance and clear imaging performance.
The lens also features a macro mode for close-up shooting with a closest focusing distance of 0.2 meters and maximum image magnification of 0.72X (35mm camera equivalent). In addition, an L-Fn (Lens Function) button is also provided to allow the user to stop autofocusing temporarily. Finally, as befits a lens designed for the highly mobile Micro Four Thirds System, this new lens employs the proven dust-/splash-proof mechanism originally featured in the ZUIKO DIGITAL SHG (Super High Grade) series lenses. The result is a versatile zoom lens usable in the toughest conditions and capable of everything from close-up wide angle shooting to medium range telephoto shooting of both still images and movies.
The OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ is available at a suggested retail price of S$698 (with GST) and is available at Olympus authorised retailers.