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Olympus 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Lens Development

Olympus has announced development of the World's brightest 8mm fisheye lens.

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M. Zuiko Digital 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO

Olympus has announced the development of a new fisheye lens, that should be available from Summer 2015. 

With a maximum aperture of f/1.8, it's set to be the world's fastest fisheye lens. 

The M-Zuiko Digital 8mm f/1.8 fisheye PRO will be a great addition to Olympus' lens line-up, thanks to the live time/ live bulb preview modes available on Olympus cameras, including the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

The lens will feature Olympus 'ZERO' (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating for improved image quality.

M Zuiko Pro Range 2015 Lenses

Read our Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Hands-On Review

From Olympus: World’s brightest* Fisheye lens to expand Olympus’ professional-grade PRO range. M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO to arrive this summer. High five! Fifth M.ZUIKO Pro lens on the radar.

Hamburg, 5 February 2015 – 2015 sees the addition of a fifth lens to Olympus’ award-winning M.ZUIKO PRO range, which combines genuine professional performance with the compact and lightweight design of Micro Four Thirds cameras. The outstandingly bright M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO will sit alongside another PRO lens due to go on sale this year – a wide-angle zoom – and a fixed-focal length super-telephoto lens, which is also under development. Olympus’ elite PRO series currently offers two lenses. The powerful 12-40mm 1:2.8 model marked the series’ spectacular debut when it was voted Best Compact System Zoom Lens in 2014 by EISA. That success was followed by the launch of the first telephoto zoom lens in the M.ZUIKO PRO series, in autumn 2014. All M.ZUIKO PRO lenses are developed and built to the very highest standards, to deliver the best image quality ever achieved by Olympus optical equipment. The extremely portable design of PRO lenses makes them ideal for fast-moving, spontaneous shooting. As does rugged weatherproofing and lightning-fast autofocus. A mock-up of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO will be presented to the public at the CP Plus Show in Yokohama mid-February. It is scheduled to go on sale in the summer of 2015.

Ultra-bright Fisheye PRO (8mm)
Although the precise dimensions of this ultra-fast (1:1.8) PRO lens are yet to be made public, we can be sure it will be extremely compact and lightweight, especially compared to equivalent D-SLR rivals, and the build quality will be excellent. Unrivalled in the category, it is expected to rank as the world’s brightest fisheye lens, ensuring top-notch optical performance in any conditions. Whether professional, semi-pro or discerning hobby photographer, owners of the first Fisheye PRO will achieve stand-out, extremely wide-angle shots with a dynamic, abstract feel. Ideal for landscape and sky panoramas, the lens will add a unique look to fast-action sports photography or extreme close-ups. For example, of crowds, interiors or architecture. With an underwater port for this lens also under development, nature enthusiasts will soon be able to shoot from below sea level to the night sky.

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO MAIN FEATURES:

  • Ideal for unique, quirky panoramas, sports action and close-ups taken from the widest of angles
  • Professional-standard M.ZUIKO PRO performance thanks to the most rigorous testing and build quality
  • Compact, lightweight, dust-, and splashproof for go-anywhere portability
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