Olympus has officially introduced the black versions of the M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8, and 75mm f/1.8 lenses.
It has been a very busy day for Olympus as the company hast introduced a new flagship camera of the PEN series. It is called the Olympus E-P5 and it will become available later this month for $999.99. Beside the camera, the manufacturer has also revealed the “Black” versions of its popular 17mm, 45mm, and 75mm optics.
Olympus officially announces trio of “Black” prime lenses
Olympus has decided that it is the perfect time to reveal a trio of black lenses. They have been rumored for quite some time and they are finally official. The company says that the new optics are aimed at photographers who enjoy fine portraits.
Portrait photography should be enjoyable, therefore the new M.ZUIKO Digital lenses maintain compact measurements. Additionally, they are very lightweight and they will complement Micro Four Thirds cameras with ease.
Olympus Black 17mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8, and 75mm f/1.8 lenses are “perfect” for both still and motion pictures
Olympus says that fans have been demanding black lenses ever since the introduction of the OM-D E-M5 shooter. Anyway, their dream will become true as of late June 2013, when the release date of the Black Olympus lenses is scheduled.
The Olympus 17mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8, and 75mm f/1.8 black lenses come packed with MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) technology, which has been designed to provide improved image quality when capturing both stills and films.
Olympus Black 45mm and 75mm release date is June, 17mm version coming in September 2013
The Japan-based manufacturer will start selling the PEN E-P5 camera in late May. The camera will ship with the 17mm f/1.8 optic, while, as stated above, the lenses themselves will begin shipping as of end of June 2013.
However, only the 45mm and 75mm versions will be released at that time. Olympus says that the standalone 17mm model will become available as of September 2013 for a price of 59,500 yen, which represents about $590.
The M.ZUIKO Digital 45mm and 75mm models will be released for a price of 35,000 yen / $345, respectively 119,000 yen / $1,175.
Prices are high, but remember that you asked for it
These may appear a little pricey for most consumers, but it is worth noting that Olympus released the lenses at the request of the photographers. This means that the company is sure that the demand is high, so people will buy them even at these prices.
Optional accessories will also become available on store shelves, including lens hoods, filters, rings, and caps for each lens.