Image: The world’s fastest fisheye, the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 8mm F/1.8 fisheye Pro is expected to go on sale in the summer
April 25. With a maximum aperture of f/1.8 the new Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 8mm fisheye Pro is the world’s fastest fisheye lens. Made for the Micro Four Thirds format, the lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 16mm and is scheduled for release this summer along with another Zuiko Pro lens – the M. Zuiko Digital 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro.
When released the new lenses will double the number of Olympus elite Zuiko Pro series lenses, currently comprising a 12-40mm f/2.8 and 40-150mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom. Olympus has also revealed that a fifth Zuiko Pro, the 300mm f/4 is also under development.
Underwater lens port
The Zuiko Pro lenses are dust and splash proof and their compact proportions make them ideal for fast-moving, spontaneous shooting. The 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro is an ultra wideangle zoom (14-28mm equivalent) designed primarily for landscape, architecture and low light photography. The 8mm fisheye features a built-in petal-shaped hood and will be compatible with a dedicated underwater lens port - also under development. When paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and PT-EP13 protective case, the underwater port will allow users to capture wideangle images at depths of up to 45m.
Pricing of the new lens is yet to be announced.
Above: Also expected this summer – the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro