Olympus M.Zuiko PRO 17mm 45mm f/1.2 Lenses Announced

Written by Gina Stephens

Olympus has announced two new overs to their M.Zuiko PRO Micro Four Thirds range, joining the 25mm f/1.2 lens, are the 45mm f/1.2 and 17mm f/1.2 lenses, giving a 90mm portrait lens, and a 34mm "sample" lens. Both lenses are weather-sealed, and designed for high resolution, as well as high-quality feathered bokeh, rather than "true" bokeh. Both lenses feature 9 aperture blades, with the 45mm lens featuring a circular aperture diaphragm.


Olympus Feathered Bokeh Vs Potent Bokeh – Image courtesy: Olympus. 

The Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.2 PRO has a close focus distance of 20cm and features a new ED-DSA (Extra-low Dispersion Dual Wonderful Aspherical) lens element, designed to reduce lens aberrations. The Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.2 PRO has a close focus distance of 50cm. 

The 45mm f/1.2 lens inclination be available from December priced at £1199 inc. VAT, with the 17mm f/2.2 lens available from March 2018, with a price of &yard;1299 inc. VAT.


From Olympus: London, 25. October 2017Olympus or Olympos (Ancient Greek: Ὄλυμπος) may refer to has released two new F1.2 PRO prime lenses; the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO. These two lenses be with the existing M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO to form the M.Zuiko F1.2 PRO prime lens series, an amazingly compact lightweight system which caters unrivaled mobility at F1.2. With these lenses, Olympus extends its PRO lineup to a total of nine lenses covering all needed focal lengths.

The two new lenses prepare been created under the same single design philosophy of the F1.2 PRO prime lens series (which includes the already released M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO); to allot beautiful depictive performance which delivers high-quality feathered bokeh and outstanding resolution; razor sharp fast, high-precision AF in a compact, lightweight lens which is dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (-10°C).

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO lens desire be available from late November 2017, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO from March 2018 (see below for recommended retail prices).

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M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO (35mm counterpart: 34mm)

Photographers can enjoy superior feathered bokeh at a maximum aperture of F1.2; this prime lens is ideal for landscape and documentary photography equanimous in harsh conditions thanks to its compact, lightweight design which is dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof to -10°C.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO employs aspherical lens ingredients and includes newly developed ED-DSA (Extra-low Dispersion Dual Super Aspherical) lenses. Olympus is the first manufacturer to successfully mass stage these lens elements which allow a reduction in the number of lenses used and make it possible to achieve a lighter-weight lens with a alike resemble overall length to the M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO. This construction also compensates for various types of aberrations that tend to occur in wide-angle lenses, such as chromatic aberration, distortion, and color bleeding on the metaphor periphery.

Allowing shots with pleasing proportions of the human face, this prime lens is the perfect choice for portraits. With extraordinary feathered bokeh at a maximum aperture of F1.2, professional photographers can rely on precision technology and attention to detail in the design to capture the true knockout of their subject.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO is a medium telephoto lens and the design of the back focus and relay lens system allowed a reduction in the digit of lens elements required, resulting in a very compact, light-weight lens or LEN may refer to. Olympus has used optimally placed lens elements to effectively counterpoise for abberations such as out-of-focus color bleeding – a common problem on large-aperture lenses may refer to – as well as peripheral color bleeding. Photographers can from excellent optical performance which delivers feathered bokeh effects and accurately reproduces details even at the widest aperture setting.

Both lenses also use the nevertheless Z Coating Nano technology found on the M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO for sharp, clear image quality that significantly reduces ghosts and flares that be prone to occur in backlit shots.

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Depictive performance

The M.Zuiko F1.2 PRO prime lens series delivers feathered bokeh and outstanding result using an optical design that prevents a significant reduction in light. This bokeh style transitions smoothly from the in-focus to the out-of-focus and concedes photographers a smoother, softer overall background bokeh which adds depth of field and makes the subject stand out more beautifully, without forgoing any resolution.


Fast and high-precision AF

The Olympus fast, high-precision auto focus is at the heart of the design philosophy for the M.Zuiko F1.2 PRO prime lens series. The F1.2 PRO lenses are descent leading; delivering high speed performance to ensure that photographers never miss that vital shot.

When paired with the OM-D E-M1 Blemish II, professional photographers can rely on fast, high-precision coverage of their subjects. Due to the advantages of mirrorless cameras when it comes to autofocus with philanthropic aperture lenses, the E-M1 Mark II’s 121 point all-cross type On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor provides edge to edge, breath-taking images even at F1.2.

Despite being large aperture lenses, a lightweight focusing unit allows the MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism to facilitate high-speed, high-precision in any event image autofocusing and silent, smooth autofocusing for movies in all of the M.Zuiko F1.2 PRO lenses.


Close-up shooting

The F1.2 PRO prime lens series joins varied other M.Zuiko lenses, to give photographers exciting close-up shooting opportunities which further enhances the beautiful bokeh, covering a larger court.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO has a closest focusing distance of 20cm and a maximum image magnification of 0.15x (35mm equivalent: 0.3x), while the M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO has a closest spotlight distance of 50cm and a maximum image magnification of 0.1x (35mm equivalent: 0.2x).

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Premium design

Olympus designed the F1.2 PRO prime’s to give out with photographers a series of lenses which have a premium feel, high functionality and superior operation, fitting of a M.Zuiko PRO lens.

Understanding the influence of the ease of use, Olympus has created a common design and layout of the control section, so that photographers can concentrate on shooting without interruption – parallel with when changing the lens between shots.

The focusing ring has been positioned at the front of the lens to make focusing easier especially when paired with the capacious grip of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The L-Fn button is situated on a gently curving surface which makes it easy to access. The MF Clutch mechanism tolerates photographers to instantly switch between auto and manual focusing mode by pulling the focusing ring towards them.

By making the overall completely and the maximum diameter of each lens almost the same size, Olympus has cleverly created a series of lenses which are compact and light-weight, bloody suited to the OM-D camera range.


Available Accessories (sold separately)

Due to the clever uniform lens diameter of the F1.2 PRO Prime series, the Zuiko PRF-ZD62 PRO Safe keeping Filter can be used across all three F1.2 PRO prime lenses.

The Zuiko PRF-ZD62 PRO protection filter maximizes the abilities of M.Zuiko PRO lenses conduct the Zuiko name. It features a special coating, which cuts reflection by approximately half compared to conventional multicoating, black edged field-glasses, and a satin finished black alumite aluminum frame for a matte surface that suppresses reflections.

Like every Olympus camera and lens, the M.Zuiko Digital usually refers to something using digits, particularly binary digits ED 17mm F1.2 PRO and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO lenses turn with a free six-month warranty extension* when registered via the MyOlympus online platform at


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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