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Olympus Adds 17mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens

Center Valley, Pa. – Olympus has introduced an M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 lens to its family of Micro Four Thirds lenses.

The 34mm equivalent lens (in 35mm film cameras) offers a bright, wide-angle, single-focal-length for snapshot street shooting, landscape photography or capturing subjects in challenging low-light environments.

The compact lens, which ships in December at a $500 suggested retail, features a metal body and a Snapshot Focus mechanism for pan focusing with a distance indicator.

Olympus’s M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 has nine lens elements in six groups to enhance image sharpness and deliver quality depth of field effects.

The advanced optical system features three aspherical lenses, including a Dual Super Aspherical element to correct aberrations, as well as a High Refractive index lens to correct high spherical aberrations, Olympus said.

Each lens element is polished to an ultra-high level of working precision only possible with the progressive techniques developed by Olympus master craftsmen, and carefully assembled to ensure maximum accuracy and reliability.

Olympus’ ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating is applied to the elements to reduce lens flare and ghost images.

The Snapshot Focus mechanism enables taking spontaneous, blur-free images by shifting the focusing point to a specific distance. Sliding the focus ring back reveals range markings on the lens barrel, including distance and depth of field scales, which can be used as guides as the user adjusts the focal distance by rotating the ring.

The lens has a total length of 1.4 inches, and is compatible with the growing lineup of Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, including the Olympus OM-D and Pen compact system cameras.

The lens employs Olympus’ Movie & Still Compatible autofocusing mechanism featuring an inner focus system to drive this single-focal-length lens for fast and quiet focusing.

The optional LH-48B lens hood and LC-48B lens cap are designed exclusively for the M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8, and both are elegant in design, with a finely textured metallic outer finish and distinctive, classic appearance. The Olympus VF-1 optical viewfinder, originally developed for use with the M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f2.8 lens, is also compatible with the new lens.