Press Release: Introducing the compact, lightweight, high-resolution M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO single-focal-length lens offering beautiful bokeh, by OM Digital Solutions Australia

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Introducing the compact, lightweight, high-resolution M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO single-focal-length lens offering beautiful bokeh

Sydney, November 4, 2021 – OM Digital Solutions Australia is pleased to announce the M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO (35mm equivalent: 40mm) lens. This Micro Four Thirds System standard compliant lens delivers both beautiful feathered bokeh and the outstanding resolution and performance the M.Zuiko PRO series is known for, and is scheduled to go on sale early December 2021. This compact, lightweight, and high-performance single-focal-length lens utilises the natural perspective of the 40mm equivalent* angle of view for a versatile shooting experience, from the landscape genre to portraits and snapshots. This lens is the first product to feature the recently announced “OM SYSTEM” brand logo.

Compact, lightweight PRO lens featuring beautiful feathered bokeh

Outstanding resolution unique to M.Zuiko PRO lenses: Featuring a 11-element, 10-group lens configuration consisting of Super ED lens, ED lenses, Super HR lenses, and aspherical lenses arranged effectively for sharp imaging from the center to the farthest corners of the frame. This high- resolution lens makes the most out of camera performance, including the high image quality acquired when shooting using High Res Shot mode. ZERO coating is used along with optimal suppression of internal reflections within the lens barrel to reduce ghosts and flaring.

Feathered bokeh: Using the knowhow gained in the development of the M.Zuiko PRO F1.2 series, which delivers ultimate defocusing effects, we have implemented feathered bokeh that slowly introduces blur moving from the in-focus area to the out-of-focus region. Using an aberration measurement instrument to measure bokeh at the aberration level and deliver optimal control over spherical aberration allows the lens to deliver superior resolution and beautiful bokeh effects.

Compact, lightweight design with a maximum aperture of F1.4: The lens remains compact and lightweight at 247 grams with a bright maximum aperture of F1.4. When paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III, the system is compact and lightweight at approximately 661 grams**, for mobility that enables nimble shooting.

Comfortable and stress-free shooting in a variety of circumstances

Highly reliable dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof construction (-10°C): Sealed throughout, this lens offers IPX1 equivalent splashproof performance. It also features a dustproof and freezeproof construction to -10°C, and pairing it with a dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof camera body makes it possible to continue shooting in punishing environments, such as rain and snow, with peace of mind. Fluorine coating on the front-most lens allows for water droplets to roll off and for dirt to be cleaned off easily.

High-speed, high-precision AF: Superb optical design and lens processing technologies are used to make a lighter focusing lens, which enables faster, more accurate AF, allowing users to enjoy stress-free, high-speed, high-precision AF shooting.

A variety of expression for any type of scene

Close-up shooting to make the most of feathered bokeh: This lens is designed for amazing close-up shooting performance with a closest focusing distance of 25 cm and a maximum image magnification of 0.22x* for shooting up close to the subject. The beautiful, feathered bokeh slowly introduces blur for creative macro shooting.

An angle of view that balances natural perspective with bokeh effects: The 40mm equivalent angle of view is slightly wider than that of standard lenses, providing a natural sense of perspective and bokeh effects. This unique angle of view is perfect for a wide variety of scenes, such as landscapes, portraits, and snapshots.

Availability & pricing

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO lens will be available from early December 2021 at an RRP of $1199 AUD / $1299 NZD.

Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at www.olympus-imaging.com.au/product/dslr/mlens for the latest specifications.

ABOUT OM DIGITAL SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

OM Digital Solutions Corporation is a leading provider of award-winning digital imaging and audio solutions, noted for its precision optics and groundbreaking technologies.

After being split from Olympus Corporation in 2021, OM Digital Solutions was newly formed to infuse its imaging heritage of 85 years – including its technologies, products, services, and brand legacy – into a new agile company, unleashing the full potential of its business.

Today, OM Digital Solutions develops best-in-class products that challenge the boundaries of product design and functionality, fulfilling the needs of consumers and professionals alike.

* 35mm equivalent
** The weight of the OM-D E-M5 Mark III is for the camera body only.



Commentary

At time of writing a prior article on OM System’s M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm f/1.4 Pro prime lens OM Digital Solutions Australia had yet to share this press release so I was waiting on specifications and confirmations.

I have yet to receive replies to my questions but it is reasonable to assume that this lens is the first of the M.Zuiko Pro prime and zoom lens collection not to be equipped with manual clutch focus.

I look forward to reviews by professional photographers and videographers on their experience with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm f/1.4 Pro’s capabilities for critical manual focus and focus-pulling, most especially American-Australian director of photography and Olympus Visionary John Brawley.


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