January 30, 2013
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm (150-600mm 35mm equiv.) f4.8-6.7 II
A Micro Four Thirds System standard-compliant lens
featuring simplified super-telephoto capability
Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Haruo Ogawa) is pleased to announce that the company will introduce a new interchangeable lens compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II in March 2013. An updated version of the highly acclaimed M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 (released in December 2010), a compact, lightweight zoom lens with super-telephoto shooting capability, the new lens features the advanced ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) lens coating, ensuring high imaging performance even under unfavorable conditions such as backlight shooting. The external design has also been updated to match the OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 - known for its innovative 5-axis image stabilization system, as well as Olympus's popular PEN series of Micro Four Thirds system cameras. Combining this new lens with either the OM-D or a PEN series camera will enable users to experience many exciting benefits in terms of both functionality and appearance. Incorporating the MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism that supports high-speed shooting and fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing, this new lens will be offered at a price that will put it within the reach of more people than ever, bringing state-of-the-art super-telephoto capability to a new generation of users.
The newly announced M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II is a super-telephoto zoom lens that covers a focus range equivalent to 150 to 600mm on a 35mm camera. Fully exploiting the advantages of the Micro Four Thirds System standard, this zoom lens features super-telephoto capability with a focal range up to the equivalent of 600mm on a 35mm camera, yet it is extraordinarily compact size and light weight. The super-compact design makes this lens truly mobile, so you'll be able to take it with you wherever you go, and never have to worry about missing an unexpected photo opportunity. With its built-in MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism, this lens is ideal for both SLR-quality still image photography and high-quality movie recording. The lens surface is treated with the new ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, which completely eliminates ghosts and flares to ensure sharp, clear imaging even under unfavorable conditions such as backlight shooting. When the lens is mounted on an Olympus camera compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard (OM-D and OLYMPUS PEN series), the image stabilization system built into the camera body provides excellent image stabilization performance at any focal length. Surprisingly, despite all these improvements, this powerful new lens has been priced much more affordably than previous lenses of similar caliber. The result: more people than ever will be able to enjoy the benefits of high-performance telephoto shooting than ever before.
Pricing and Launch Date
|Category||Product Name||MSRP||Launch Date|
|Interchangeable lens||M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II(Black)||63,000 yen
(66,150 yen incl. tax)
|Early March, 2013|
- Super-telephoto shooting in a compact, lightweight, affordable lens
- Excellent imaging performance
- MSC mechanism for fast, quiet autofocusing
Main Feature Details
1. Super-telephoto shooting in a compact, lightweight, affordable lens
Conventional super-telephoto lenses with a focal length of 600mm (35mm equivalent) tend to be big, heavy and expensive, making high-quality telephotography inaccessible to all but professionals and a few privileged amateurs. That's all about to change with the introduction of this new lens from Olympus. Leveraging the unique advantages of the Micro Four Thirds System standard, this lens achieves super-telephoto performance equivalent to 150-600mm on a 35mm camera, while weighing in at just 423 grams, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7. That light weight, along with a super-compact, palm-size design, means that this lens is truly mobile, so you'll be able to shoot with ease from a variety of angles, while moving around freely. And in keeping with Olympus's goal of making high-end photography an easily accessible pleasure, this lens will be available at a much lower price than the previous model. There's never been a simpler or more affordable way to expand your range of photography.
2. Excellent imaging performance
2-1. ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating
The lens surface is treated with the ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, which completely eliminates ghosts and flares to ensure clear, sharp imaging even under unfavorable conditions such as backlight shooting. An offshoot of Olympus's thin film control technology and multilayer film deposition technology, the ZERO coating technology not only features high transmittance to support clear imaging performance in the lens, it is also resistant to scratches and degradation thanks to the high film strength made possible by vacuum deposition.
2-2. Sophisticated optics with multiple high-performance lens elements
The optical system includes one Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens element and two ED lens elements, effectively eliminating the chromatic aberrations that tend to degrade the image quality of conventional telephoto lenses. Three HR (High Refractive index) lens elements are also used to reduce the size of the optical system, as well as to achieve excellent imaging performance across the entire zoom range.
2-3. Circular aperture diaphragm
A circular aperture diaphragm is used to ensure smooth, even background defocusing.
3. MSC mechanism for fast, quiet autofocusing
The MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism incorporated in the lens is an advanced optical solution developed for fast, quiet autofocusing using fewer and lighter lens elements. The focusing lens elements are driven directly by a metallic shaft and feed screw, which are engineered to submicrometric accuracies. The gear that would normally cause operating noise has been eliminated. The inner focusing mechanism used with this lens employs the MSC mechanism to enable exceptionally fast, quiet autofocusing with a compact, lightweight focusing unit combined with two lens elements. The surprisingly smooth autofocusing that lets users enjoy stress-free still image and movie shooting.
Main Specifications of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II
|Lens construction||18 elements in 13 groups
(including Super ED lens x 1, ED lens x 2 and HR lens x 3)
|Angle of view||16°-4.1°|
|AF system||High Speed Imager AF (MSC)|
|Closest focusing distance (m)||0.9 m (focal length75mm) / 1.5 m (all other focal lengths)|
|Maximum image magnification||0.18X|
|Maximum field size||97 × 73 mm|
|Number of blades||7 (circular aperture diaphragm)|
|Maximum aperture||f4.8 (75mm) - f6.7 (300mm)|
(max. dia. x overall length)
|Box Contents||Lens Cap(LC-58E), Lens Rear Cap(LR-2)
Instruction Manual, Olympus Worldwide Warranty Card
|Product Name||MSRP||Launch Date|
|Protect Filter PRF-D58 PRO||4,000yen (4,200 yen incl. tax)||Already on sale|
|Lens Hood LH-61E||4,000yen (4,200 yen incl. tax)|
|Lens Cap LC-58C||650yen (682 yen incl. tax)|
|Protect Filter [PRF-D58 PRO]||Lens Hood [LH-61E]|
|Lens Cap [LC-58C]|
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