London, 02/12/2020 | Press release | Camera & audio Introducing the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO: Ultimate agility for any photo assignment

New Olympus zoom lens with an extremely compact and lightweight design

Olympus today launches the world’s most compact and lightweight high-performance standard zoom lens with a fixed aperture.1 The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO lens features superb optical performance at all focal lengths and ensures sharp images up to the edges of the frame while being packed in a weather-sealed, very compact and lightweight form.

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The combination of Olympus high-resolution, high-performance lens line-up and powerful image stabilization capabilities results in sharp, high-quality photos and videos in a variety of scenarios. Being the world’s most compact lens in its category1, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO is the perfect addition to the M.Zuiko PRO lens series.

High-performance standard zoom lens boasting the world’s most compact, lightweight design for ultimate mobility

The optical configuration of the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO lens is inherited from the ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens, which is well recognized for its high resolution. Effective placement of special lenses in the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO lens allow for the world’s most compact, lightweight design covering a focal length from wide angle 24mm to telephoto 90mm (35mm equivalent). A small and lightweight focusing lens enables high-speed, precise AF for any subject. The lens features a dust-, splash- and freezeproof construction with sealing in 9 places to keep out dust and rain, providing peace of mind when shooting on the go2.

Fixed aperture value across the entire zoom range and high resolution to the edges of the frame

Effective placement of aspherical lenses and ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating – which provides clear depictive performance – drastically reduces aberrations, ghosts, and flares for sharp, high-definition image quality. Suppressing loss of light at the edges of images makes it possible to obtain bright, clear depictive performance up to the very edges. Because the aperture value is fixed across the entire focal length, it is easy to control the exposure when zooming and recording video.

Superb macro capabilities with a maximum magnification of 0.25x (0.5x 35mm equivalent)

Enjoy intense macro shooting with a maximum magnification of 0.25x (0.5x 35mm equivalent) across the entire zoom range. The closest focusing distance is 12 cm at the wide-angle end, and 23 cm at the telephoto end, delivering a wide range of macro shooting effects such as wide-angle macro shots that emphasize a sense of perspective by capturing vast backgrounds, and telephoto macro shots for more significant background defocusing effects. Diverse macro effects are possible, such as Focus Stacking3, which generates a single image on the camera with a large depths of field in focus from the foreground to the background.

Availability & pricing

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO lens will be available from late March in black at RRP4 of £599.99. Like every Olympus camera and lens, the ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO comes with a free six-month warranty extension5 when registered via the MyOlympus platform at http://my.olympus.eu

Olympus accessory line-up (separately available)

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO joins an extensive line-up of more than 20 M.Zuiko lenses and is compatible with any OM-D or Olympus PEN camera as well as all third party cameras conforming to the Micro Four Thirds System standard. Olympus offers an extensive range of accessories, including tailor-made camera bags and lens pouches, electronic flashes, audio recorders and microphones as well as the free image editing and workflow software Olympus Workspace and smartphone app OI.Share.

More information at www.olympus.co.uk/accessories.

Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at www.olympus.co.uk for the latest specifications.

1 As of February 12, 2020. World’s most compact, lightweight standard zoom lens with a fixed aperture value.

2 When combined with a dust-, splash- and freezeproof OM-D series body.

3 Supported cameras: OM-D E-M1 Mark III. A firmware update is required for the following camera models: OM-D E-M1X, OM-D E-M1 Mark II, OM-D E-M5 Mark III

4 Recommended Retail Price.

5 Six months on top of the statutory warranty in the country of purchase.

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