Olympus is rumored to announce a new compact zoom lens with a focal length range of 14-42mm that will support Micro Four Thirds cameras.
We have already revealed so much information that makes the following weeks very exciting for photography fans worldwide. A respectable amount of cameras and lenses are rumored to be introduced in the near future, including by the end of January and during the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2014 in mid-February.
One company which may be on the verge of unveiling at least three new products later this month or early next month is also one which has missed the Consumer Electronics Show 2014: Olympus.
This Japanese manufacturer may have not been present at CES 2014, but it seems like it is readying a Micro Four Thirds camera and two lenses. The OM-D E-M10 has been examined thoroughly, so now it is time to take a closer look at the pair of optics.
Olympus 25mm f/1.8 lens to take on Leica’s bulkier and more expensive 25mm f/1.4
Inside sources are reporting that Olympus is working on a 25mm f/1.8 lens, that will provide a 35mm equivalent of 50mm. The prime lens is expected to become available in black and silver colors for a price bigger than $300.
Olympus 25mm f/1.8 lens will compete against the Leica Summilux 25mm f/1.4 lens for MFTs, which is available for $529 at Amazon. The new model will be smaller, lighter, and cheaper, sources have previously said.
A new lens cap will be announced, too, in black and white colors, that will be released for about $100.
New Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens to replace older model with auto-closing cap
Another product that has been rumored to be unveiled alongside the aforementioned pair is a “compact zoom lens”. Up until now, this is all that we have known about it. Thankfully, a person familiar with the matter has leaked some details about what we should be expecting in the coming weeks.
It seems like this model will be replacing one of the company’s most popular optics: 14-42mm. The new Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens will be smaller, as miniaturization comes first on the company’s priority list, and it will feature an auto-closing lens cap.
Taking the Micro Four Thirds crop factor into account, the lens will provide a 35mm equivalent of 28-84mm.
Price and availability rumors
Olympus EZ M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED lens will be priced at around $300, just like the original model at launch, in black and silver flavors. The current 14-42mm lens costs a little over $140 at Amazon.
It appears that the company wants to make its cameras and lenses as small as possible, but to provide new functionality in the process. The lens cap will be similar to the one found in the Olympus Stylus 1 compact camera.
As usual, you should take this with a pinch of salt, as it remains a rumor, and stick with us as the official announcement is getting closer.