Olympus announce their new 17mm f/1.2 and 45mm f/1.2 PRO lenses with feathered bokeh design

Written by Gary on October 26th, 2017

Olympus have just officially announced two new f/1.2 M.Zuiko PRO prime lenses to join the very nice Olympus 25mm f/1.2 pro.

The new 17mm f/1.2 and 45mm f/1.2 PRO lenses are of similar build, size and weight as the 25mm lens with all three lenses offering superb weathersealing, manual focus clutch, Lens Fn button, lovely smooth bokeh, superb image quality, silent, fast and accurate AF, same price point of $US1199, and importantly, the same filter thread size of 62mm.

17mm

The 17mm f/1.2 lens is designed for feathered bokeh with the design approach which gives attractive bokeh without any of the light loss causes by the use of apodization filters in Fujifilm’s APD or Sony’s STF lenses. To achieve this it uses 15 elements in 11 groups including 1 Super ED, 3 ED, 1 ED-DSA, 1 EDA, 1 Super HR, 1 aspherical – a unique ED-DSA element, which has dual aspherical lenses formed from soft and hard-to-work extra low dispersion glass. They claim to be the only company currently able to do this.

See my wiki page here for full specs and links to reviews as they are announced.

45mm

The 45mm f/1.2 is also designed for feathered smooth bokeh and its depth of field wide open is perfect for proving the desirable ear to nose depth of field for portraits. It uses 14 elements in 10 groups including 1 ED, 4 HR, 1 aspherical – three optimally placed and bonded lens elements, including one ED lens, which compensate for typical problems on wide-aperture lenses like out-of-focus color bleeding (axial chromatic aberration) and peripheral color bleeding (magnification chromatic aberration).

See my wiki page here for full specs and links to reviews as they are announced.

In addition, Sigma has also announced their Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN lens for Micro Four Thirds, details of which can be found on my wiki page here.

 

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