Bethlehem, PA—Alongside its new flagship OM System OM-1 Mark II camera, OM Digital Solutions introduced two Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system lenses. The OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 IS a super telephoto zoom lens, while the M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 II lens offers super-wide-angle coverage.
“The OM System M.Zuiko Digital 150–600mm f/5.0–6.3 IS lens heralds a new chapter in photographic excellence. Empowering photographers with unparalleled reach, resilience, and performance, it redefines boundaries and captures the extraordinary,” the company announced.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-600 F5.0-6.3 IS
The 300–1200mm-equivalent, MFT super telephoto zoom lens provides an expansive focal length of up to 1200mm equivalent (0.7x magnification) on its own. Moreover, that increases to a 2400mm-equivalent focal length when combined with the optional M.Zuiko Digital 2x teleconverter MC-20 for discreet wildlife photography. Further, the lens achieves a higher field of view than any lens the company has made. It also has a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm for natural background blurring.
In addition, it features compatibility with the company’s 5-axis sync IS when used with the new OM-1 Mark II. Consequently, the pair provides up to 7 shutter speed steps of image stabilization. When used independently, the lens achieves up to 6 shutter speed steps of IS. Thus, it eliminates the need for a tripod and facilitates in-the-moment capture.
With a sophisticated 25-element, 15-group optical design, it has two ED (extra-low dispersion); four super ED; six HR (high-refractive); and one HD element.
The super-telephoto lens also has such features as a focus limiter, focus mode, IS settings and a programmable lens function button. What’s more, OM System crafted it with resilience in mind. As a result, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150–600mm f/5.0–6.3 IS lens features IPX1 splash- and dustproof performance, along with a fluorine coating, to make it a reliable companion in the harshest environments.
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 150–600mm f/5.0–6.3 IS lens weighs 4.6 pounds without caps and hood. It also measures 10.4 inches in length with a 4.3-inch diameter. It will reach retail beginning late February 2024 with a suggested retail price of $2,699.99.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 9–18mm f/4.0–5.6 II
This new wide-angle lens also complies with the Micro Four Thirds standard. Furthermore, it’s a solution for a range of photographic possibilities. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 9–18mm f/4.0–5.6 II is also the most compact option among the three M.Zuiko Digital ultrawide-angle zoom lenses.
Photographers can leverage its 18–36mm-equivalent, wide-angle capabilities to capture expansive natural landscapes as well as take wide macro shots of foliage from a low angle, encompassing the sky in the composition. With a max magnification of 0.2x, the lens emphasizes perspective by bringing the subject closer. Its 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm also enables natural background blurring.
In addition, OM System engineered the lens with 12 elements in 8 groups with a combination of two dual-sided aspherical lenses. Moreover, its aspherical, ED (extra-low dispersion) and HR (high-refractive) glass helps minimize distortion and aberration. The lens also comes with a special hood to help prevent strong side or stray light from causing unwanted ghosting during outdoor shooting in bright conditions.
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 9–18mm f/4.0–5.6 II lens measures 1.9 inches in length and 2.2 inches in diameter. What’s more, it weighs in at 5.4 ounces sans caps and hood. Available now for preorder, it ships late February 2024. SRP: $699.99.