Olympus is reportedly working on a prime lens with a very fast aperture for mirrorless cameras with Micro Four Thirds sensors that will be officially introduced at the Photokina 2014.
Plenty of Micro Four Thirds adopters agree that Panasonic has done a better job with lenses than Olympus. This is highly-debatable, as each photographer has preferences, but Olympus is looking to make amends nonetheless.
The PRO series will consist only of high-quality optics. The first step was the 12-40mm f/2.8, while the next one will be the 40-150mm f/2.8. More will follow in 2015, including the 7-14mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/4.
However, the company will also step up its game in another department. According to 43rumors, the Japan-based company is planning to reveal the development of a fast lens with a fixed focal length at the Photokina 2014.
Olympus to announce the development of prime lens with bright aperture at Photokina 2014
The source is reporting that Olympus will announce the company’s first ultra-fast prime lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras soon. So far, the Japanese manufacturer has opted against launching very bright optics with f/1.2 or f/1.4 apertures.
This thing will change in the near future, as the first Olympus fast prime lens will be revealed at the Photokina 2014. It appears that the company will update its lens roadmap during world’s largest digital imaging event. Among the new optics, this ultrafast prime will be there.
On the other hands, the PRO-series roadmap has been revealed during the Q1 FY2015 earnings call.
First Olympus fast prime lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras to be released in 2015
The source has been unable to provide any specs or the exact aperture of the lens. However, it has confirmed that only the development of the optic will be revealed at this popular trade fair.
This means that the proper announcement date will take place in late 2014 or early 2015. On the other hand, the release date has been “confirmed” to be scheduled for sometime in 2015.
For the time being, there are too many unknown details about the first Olympus fast prime lens. This means that our readers will have to stay tuned for more information.
The current fastest “official” MFT lens is the Leica Nocticron DG 42.5mm f/1.2
Meanwhile, it is worth reminding that the fastest Panasonic or Olympus Micro Four Thirds lens is the Leica Nocticron DG 42.5mm f/1.2.
This optic has been developed in collaboration with Panasonic and it offers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 85mm.
It has gathered very positive reviews from users and critics alike, so it can be considered a must-have by MFT photographers. For now, Amazon is selling the lens for a price a little under $1,600.