Development of Super Wide Angle and High Power Zoom Lens by Olympus
Olympus unveiled two new zoom lenses as part of the company’s effort in expanding its Micro Four Third System lens product lineup. Both, a super wide-angle 2x zoom lens and wide-angle-to-telephoto 10.7x zoom lens will hit the market by first half of the 2010. The currently underdevelopment super wide-angle zoom lens (35mm format) which is equivalent to 18-36mm F4.0-5.6 is designed to maximize the advantages of compact Micro Four Thirds System design with a length of only about 50mm resulting in a significantly smaller form factor in comparison to Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 with identical zoom range.
The high-power wide-angle-to-telephoto lens will have extremely compact form factor with small lens barrel diameter of only about 65mm. Both lenses will use ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for suppressing color aberration which is responsible for image quality degradation especially at wide angle focal lengths resulting in superior image quality and brightness in an extremely compact package. Both new lenses are being designed for use with the OLYMPUS PEN E-P1, the OLYMPUS PEN E-P2 plus all other current and future cameras which are in compliance with the Micro Four Thirds System standard. Furthermore, when mounted on an OLYMPUS PEN E-P1 or OLYMPUS PEN E-P2, users will be able to make use of camera body’s built-in image stabilization system, offering effective camera shake compensation at all focal lengths.