Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro Lens Announced

Olympus has unveiled the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro lens for Micro four Thirds system cameras.

This is a new macro lens with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1.25:1 and a close-focus point of 9.5cm. It is claimed to autofocus faster than previous Olympus macro lenses.

Another crucial feature for would-be nature specialists is the lens’ near-silent focus mechanism and lightweight design, which in tests improved AF response by 20-30% compared to conventional macro lenses. Shipping will start from October 2016 with a price of $299.99.

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Olympus Announces M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro Lens

The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro helps users capture unique images with a maximum image magnification of 2.5x (35mm equivalent), the highest in its class.

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When paired with an OM-D or PEN camera body, the macro optic delivers crisp and clear images courtesy of Olympus’ advanced in-camera image stabilization. This can eliminate the motion blur commonly associated with high-magnification macro photography. Macro performance can be further enhanced through the PEN-F and OM-D’s Focus Bracketing feature. This allows users to automatically capture the entire focus range within a preset number of shots.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro is compatible with select Olympus underwater housings and lens ports. The lens’ internal focusing system helps novice shooters capture impressive underwater macro shots without the worry of disrupting their subject. In addition, the lens is equipped with an MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism.

  • Micro Four Thirds System Lens
  • 60mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements, One EDA Element
  • Maximum Magnification: 1.25x
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 3.7″
  • Minimum Working Distance: 0.6″
  • MSC High-Speed Imager AF System
  • Rounded Seven-Blade Diaphragm

Olympus Japan has released 7 high-resolution sample photos taken with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro lens. These samples shot on a variety of Micro Four Thirds camera bodies including the PEN E-PL7, the OM-D E-M1 and the OM-D E-M10 Mark II.