Olympus brings a new member to its Micro Four Thirds family of lenses, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 with a dust-and-splash-proof body for shooting in a wide range of conditions, including in the rain or near the water. The lens features close-up capability with 1x magnification and a focusing distance of 19cm,
The new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 lens sports 13 lens elements in 10 groups of lenses and use special glass materials such as ED (Extra-low Dispersion), HR (High Refractive index) and E-HR (Extra-High Refractive index) elements to eliminate the chromatic aberrationstelephoto macro lenses. It utilizes Olympus’ MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) autofocusing mechanism with an inner focus system to drive quick and quiet focusing. There is a focus limit switch to set the focusing range for faster focusing.
Three modes are available, including close-up (focusing distance between 19 and 40 cm), normal (focusing distance from 19 cm to infinity) and far view (focusing distance from 40 cm to infinity). The 1:1 mode shifts focusing to 1:1 with one-touch operation.
The macro lens will be released in early October for $499.99 and Olympus will also release the optional LH-49 Lens Hood to block harmful rays of light. The firm will also launch the Limited Black Edition M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 lens for $1099.99.