Press Release: Introducing The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 IS Lens

I remember that the very first time I encountered Micro Four Thirds systems cameras and lenses in a trade show, Olympus was demonstrating just how much smaller and lighter its telephoto zoom lenses were compared those made for so-called “full frame” and “full format” 35mm sensor system cameras. 

This lens, had it been available when that trade show was on, would have been a superb example of why M43 has so much to offer with its 200-800mm focal range in a package the average human being can actually pick up and use without breaking one’s spine and afford without breaking the bank.

Introducing The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 IS Lens

A Superior Compact, Lightweight Super telephoto Zoom Lens Offering, 200-800mm Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)

Center Valley, PA, August 4, 2020 – Olympus® is pleased to announce the M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f5.0-6.3 IS lens, an ultra-compact, lightweight super-telephoto zoom lens that covers a broad telephoto focal length of 200-800mm equivalent[1] and is compliant with the Micro Four Thirds® System standard. This lens features the same dustproof and splashproof performance as the M.Zuiko PRO lens series, and when paired with the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20, delivers up to 1600mm equivalent1 super telephoto shooting. This lens offers superior autofocus performance, even handheld, and in-lens image stabilization for the optimal shooting experience.

Compact, Lightweight Design

Despite being a 200-800mm equivalent super telephoto zoom lens, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f5.0-6.3 IS lens is compact and lightweight, with a length of 205.7 mm, a weight of 1,120 g6 and a filter diameter of 72 mm. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f5.0-6.3 IS lens is capable of 200-800mm equivalent1 telephoto shooting on its own, which can be further extended when paired with the optional (sold separately) M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14 or the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20, for up to 1600mm equivalent1, making it possible to zoom in close on subjects that are difficult to approach, such as birds and wildlife, and delivering flattening effects for shooting that is unique to a super telephoto lens. The closest focusing distance across the entire zoom range is 1.3m and the maximum image magnification is 0.57×1, allowing superb telemacro performance when photographing small subjects such as insects and flowers. Focus Stacking[2] is also supported. This feature captures multiple shots at different focal positions and automatically composites a single photo with a large depth of field that is in focus from the foreground to background.

Focal length
35mm equivalent

Aperture Value

Max Image Magnification
35mm equivalent

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 100-400㎜ F5.0-6.3 IS

200mm-800mm
(100mm-400mm)

F5.0-F6.3

X0.57
(X0.29)

With 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14

280mm-1,120mm
(140mm-560mm)

F7.1-F9.0

X0.81
(x0.4)

With 2.0x Teleconverter MC-20

400mm-1600mm
(200mm-800mm)

F10-F13

X1.15
(x0.57)

Superb Performance

The optical system of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f5.0-6.3 IS lens features a combination of four ED lenses[3] for suppressing color bleeding, two Super HR lenses[4], and two HR lenses[5] for bright, clear depictive performance to the edges of the image across the entire zoom range. ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) Coating is used to reduce ghosting and flaring, for clear image quality, even in poor, backlit conditions. Extensive hermetic sealing on the entire lens barrel delivers the same high level of dustproof and splashproof performance as the M.Zuiko PRO series for peace of mind when shooting in any environment.

Superior Autofocus

A rear focus system is employed to drive this lightweight focusing lens, for fast, high-precision autofocus performance. This lens is also equipped with four functional switches, designed to support handheld shooting, including a Focus Limiter switch for AF operation selection, ranging between three levels, according to the focusing distance, allowing for quick focusing and comfortable shooting, even in the super telephoto range. In-lens image stabilization on/off delivers stable handheld super telephoto shooting, an AF/MF switch and a zoom locking switch.

Pricing, Availability & Specifications

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400 f5.0-6.3 IS lens will be available for $1,499.99 (U.S.)/$2,199.99 (CAD). To pre-order, visit a participating local authorized retailer, or http://www.getolympus.com. Shipping will begin September 8, 2020. Please visit the website for detailed product specifications: https://www.getolympus.com/lenses/m-zuiko-digital-ed-100-400mm-f5-0-6-3-is.html.

Journalists who are interested in more information or review units should contact Jennifer Colucci, Olympus America Inc., jennifer.colucci@olympus.com, 484-896-5719, or visit the Olympus website getolympus.com.

Bundled Accessories

Lens Hood: LH-76D
Lens Cap: LC-72D

Separately Available Accessories

Lens Hood: LH-76D (Bundled) $39.99 (U.S.)/$54.99 (CAD)
Protect Filter: ZUIKO PRF-ZD72 PRO $79.99 (U.S.)/$107.99 (CAD)
Decoration Ring: DR-79 $24.99 (U.S.)/$24.99 (CAD)
Lens Case: LSC-1127 $44.99 (U.S.)/$44.99 (CAD)

ABOUT OLYMPUS AMERICA INC.

Olympus is passionate about the solutions it creates for the medical, life sciences, and industrial equipment industries, as well as cameras and audio products. For more than 100 years, Olympus has focused on making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling by helping detect, prevent, and treat disease, furthering scientific research, ensuring public safety, and capturing images of the world.

Olympus’ imaging business empowers consumers and professionals alike with innovative digital cameras, lenses, audio recorders, and binoculars. The company’s precision optics and groundbreaking technology open up new possibilities for capturing life’s most precious moments. For more information, visit http://www.getolympus.com.

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1 35mm equivalent
2 Please see the Olympus website for compatible cameras
3 Extra-low Dispersion lens
4 Super High Refractive Index lens
5 High Refractive Index lens
6 Excluding tripod base plate, lens cap, lens rear cap, and lens hood

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Press Release: Olympus releases the long-awaited ED 12‑45mm F4 PRO and a video content creation kit with its E-M5 Mark III, New OM-D E-M5 Mark III kits

Olympus appeared to emphasize the  stills photography capabilities of its OM-D range of digital cameras more than their video features. 

I have always had a high opinion of the company’s M.Zuiko Pro professional-quality prime and zoom lens collection most especially due to their manual clutch focus mechanism which is particularly useful for moviemaking. 

Now Olympus appears determined to remind us that their camera also shoot video too, and to demonstrate that fact have released two moviemaking kits, in the UK and Ireland at least if not in the rest of the world. 

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III OMD Movie Kit.

Hamburg, 05/15/2020 | Press release | Camera & audio

Olympus releases the long-awaited ED 12‑45mm F4 PRO and a video content creation kit with its E-M5 Mark III
New OM-D E-M5 Mark III kits

A few weeks ago, Olympus launched the world’s most compact and lightweight high-performance standard zoom lens M.Zuiko Digital ED 12‑45mm F4 PRO.* In combination with the also compact and lightweight OM-D E-M5 Mark III camera, unrivalled mobility is now possible. The acclaimed weather-sealing allows for shooting in all conditions. This ideal combination will be available as a kit from mid-May, for all photo enthusiasts looking for professional quality in a handy format. The new OM-D movie kit with the E-M5 Mark III and the LS-P4 audio recorder is ideal for all vloggers, filmmakers and YouTubers who rely on top quality gear and like to travel light. The kit centers around the versatile E-M5 Mark III camera with high-performance autofocus capabilities: a powerful image stabilization system and “OM-D Movie” features, which deliver an extensive array of creative options for filmmakers. Also included are the wide-angle M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.0 lens and an Olympus LS-P4 linear PCM recorder, to ensure brilliantly clear sound, as well as further accessories to guarantee a worry-free video content creation experience.

At up to half the size and weight of other interchangeable lens systems, Olympus’ biggest advantage is its optimal mobility owing to the compact camera system and lenses. The combination of the high-resolution, high-performance lens line-up and powerful image stabilization results in sharp, high-quality videos and photos for a variety of scenarios.

Packing some of the latest imaging technologies in a highly compact body, the OM-D E-M5 Mark III represents these benefits to the fullest and is therefore the perfect choice for every photo and vlogging enthusiast on the go.

OM-D E-M5 Mark III 12‑45mm F4 PRO kit

One compact and lightweight lens for many possibilities

The optical configuration of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO lens is inherited from the ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens, which is well recognized for its high-quality standards. Effective placement of special lenses in the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO lens allows for the world’s most compact, lightweight design*, covering a focal length from wide angle 24mm to telephoto 90mm (35mm equivalent). A small and lightweight focusing lens enables high-speed, precise AF for any subject. Aspherical lenses and ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating drastically reduce aberrations, ghosts, and flares for sharp, high-definition image quality. Suppressing loss of light at the edges of images makes it possible to obtain a bright, clear depictive performance over the entire image.

Superb macro capabilities

The M.Zuiko ED 12-45 mm F4.0 PRO is also suitable for macro photography with a maximum magnification of 0.25x (0.5x 35mm equivalent) across the entire zoom range. The closest focusing distance is 12 cm at the wide-angle end, and 23 cm at the telephoto end. Diverse macro effects are possible, such as Focus Stacking****, which generates a single image in the camera with a large depth of field in focus from the foreground to the background.

The perfect match

The new flexible standard zoom lens is the solution for all those who want to achieve maximum performance with as little equipment as possible. It fits perfectly to the OM-D E-M5 Mark III, which is just as flexible, compact and light. It features a weather-sealed construction, high-performance autofocus capabilities and a powerful image stabilization system, along with versatile shooting features to deliver brilliant image quality and an extensive array of creative options for photographers and filmmakers.

The OM-D movie kit

All video producers know about the importance of sound. The Olympus LS-P4 audio recorder is the perfect match for the E-M5 Mark III and helps creatives to complement their production with Hi-Res audio quality.

Why the Olympus movie kit is the ideal choice for aspiring video content creators

Advanced imaging technology in an ultra-small body and a high-quality wide-angle lens ensure the versatility modern video creators need.

Being one of the most compact and lightweight wide-angle lens kits in its class, the OM-D E-M5 Mark III with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.0 lens can easily be carried everywhere to make sure no video shot is missed.

The camera’s in-body 5-axis image stabilization system ensures that moving images look even clearer and sharper by compensating for unwanted camera-shake.

Olympus’ highly precise 121-point all cross-type on-chip Phase Detection autofocus (AF) system brings out the full potential of the distinguished MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism, enabling fast and quiet autofocusing in M.Zuiko lenses without “jumping” focus. Thus, the focus in a film scene can no longer be lost, the result: sharp results in almost any situation or environment.

With the E-M5 Mark III’s swivel touch LCD, creatives and vloggers maintain full control of the framing and background as well as quick and easy access to a control panel with the most important settings – even when taking a selfie shot or holding the camera high or low.

Due to the direct and easy connection of the E-M5 Mark III with Olympus’ acclaimed LS-P4 sound recorder, video enthusiasts have the choice to record sound directly onto the movie file and upload it right away, or to combine sound and video in post production. Full compatibility and easy synchronization are guaranteed since both the camera and the audio recorder are genuine Olympus products.

Superior sound makes any movie better: The Olympus LS series ensures crisp, brilliant audio for video

The Olympus LS series is renowned for its compact, sleek design and exceptional sound quality. Offering better-than-CD quality recording allowing for a frequency spectrum of up to 20Hz – 20kHz, the LS-P4 ensures a rich stereophonic sound.

At loud volumes, the capability of handling sound pressure levels (SPL) of up to 120dB without clipping as well as the acclaimed Olympus noise cancelling system come into play.

With a near perfect sampling rate of up to 96 kHz/24-Bit sound PCM, FLAC or MP3 recording***** (and playback), the LS-P4 is a feature-packed high-resolution audio recorder. It brings together high quality of sound with ultimate ease of use and flexibility – making it the ideal companion for video production on the go.

With the new firmware Version 1.10 for the LS-P4, a Slate Tone function has been added to make sound file editing / video synchronization easier, while the new Test Tone feature supports users in adjusting the recording level for optimal results. By using Olympus Workspace Version 1.3 it is easy to replace the audio files of the recorded video to High res sound recorded by using Slate Tone.

An included Joby GorillaPod and further accessories take the versatility and convenience for video creators to the next level

In addition to the E-M5 Mark III camera, the high-quality M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.0 lens, a metal lens hood to minimize the risk of reduced contrast and flares from sunlight, the Olympus LS-P4 sound recorder and further useful accessories; the new movie kit includes a Joby GorillaPod to place the camera on almost any surface or to support hand-held shooting.

When capturing sound for video, the LS recorder may be used as separate hand-held device or, utilizing the included shock mount adapter (Olympus SM2) and 3.5mm cable (Olympus KA335), as a flexible microphone on top of the camera to save on synchronization efforts in post-production. The included windshield offers protection from wind noises when filming outdoors.

For more information on shooting video content with Olympus cameras and sound recorders please visit www.olympus.eu/video_sound.

Availability & pricing

The new OM-D 12‑45mm F4 PRO kit is available from mid of May at an RRP of 1,599.00 EUR. The OM-D movie kit is available now at an RRP** of 1.999,00 EUR. The included OM-D cameras and M.Zuiko lenses come with a free six-month warranty extension****** when registered via the MyOlympus platform at http://my.olympus.eu.

Selected accessories

The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is fully compatible with Olympus’ extensive range of Micro Four Thirds lenses and accessories, including tailor-made camera bags, electronic flashes and the free image editing and workflow software Olympus Workspace and smartphone app OI.Share.

More information at www.olympus.eu/accessories.

Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at www.olympus-europa.com for the latest specifications.

* As of February 12, 2020. World’s most compact, lightweight standard zoom lens with a constant aperture value.

** Recommended Retail Price

*** With M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO at a focal distance of f=100mm (35mm equivalent: f=200mm), halfway release image stabilization: Off, frame rate: high speed. CIPA standards compliant on 2 axes (Yaw and Pitch).

**** Supported cameras: OM-D E-M1 Mark III. A firmware update is required for the following camera models: OM-D E-M1X, OM-D E-M1 Mark II, OM-D E-M5 Mark III

***** 96 kHz/24-Bit only possible when recording in PCM or FLAC format.

****** Six months on top of the statutory warranty in the country of purchase.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III OMD Movie Kits with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4.0 Pro zoom lens

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Panasonic Global: Panasonic Develops a New LUMIX S1H Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera With Cinema-Quality Video and the World’s First 6K/24p*1 Recording Capability [Press Release]

https://news.panasonic.com/global/press/data/2019/06/en190603-2/en190603-2.html

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H 35mm mirrorless camera with Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4.0 Macro OIS zoom lens.

Panasonic Develops a New LUMIX S1H Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera With Cinema-Quality Video and the World’s First 6K/24p*1 Recording Capability

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation announced today the development of the LUMIX S1H, a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera equipped with a full-frame image sensor. It is the world’s first camera capable of video recording at 6K/24p *1 (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K.*2 *3 Combining the professional-level video quality and high mobility of the mirrorless camera, Panasonic will release the LUMIX S1H to world markets in fall 2019.

Since starting the development of video recording technologies for digital cinema in the 1990s, Panasonic has produced a host of innovative technologies for impressive cinematic imagery, such as 24p video recording, slow motion video using a variable frame rate, and the wide dynamic range and color space of V-Log/V-Gamut. Panasonic has been working with film creators for over a quarter of a century to design and develop a number of cinema cameras, which has resulted in stunningly high video performance. The LUMIX GH1 made its debut in 2009 as the world’s first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera capable of full-HD AVCHD video recording.*4 The LUMIX GH4 was launched in 2014 as the world’s first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera*5 capable of 4K video recording. And in 2017, the LUMIX GH5 was released with the world’s first 4K/60p, 4:2:2 10-bit 4K/30p recording capability.*6 The LUMIX GH5 is highly acclaimed by film creators for its high performance, excellent mobility, and superb versatility in film production.

The new LUMIX S1H has been designed and developed by applying the vast expertise and technologies accumulated in the cinema cameras of the LUMIX S Series of full-frame mirrorless cameras. It packs all of these technologies, especially in the field of digital signal processing and heat dispersion, into a compact, lightweight body to achieve both high performance and nimble mobility. It opens the door to creative film production in ways that conventional, bulky camera systems simply could not do.

The main features of the new LUMIX S1H are as follows:

1. High resolution up to 6K for multiple formats
Maximizing the use of the pixels in the full-frame image sensor, the LUMIX S1H, as a digital camera, has achieved 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio) or 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio) video recording for the first time in the world.*1 It is also the world’s first full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera*1 to enable 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K *2*3 video recording. It accommodates a variety of recording formats, including 4:3 Anamorphic mode, to meet professional needs. Its high-resolution data can also be used for creating 4K videos with higher image quality or for cropping images in 4K.

2. Rich gradation and a wide color space virtually equal to those of cinema cameras.
The LUMIX S1H features V-Log/V-Gamut with a wide dynamic range of 14+ stops, which are virtually the same as those of the Panasonic Cinema VariCam, to precisely capture everything from dark to bright areas. The color and even the texture of human skin are faithfully reproduced. Designed under consistent color management, the S1H’s recorded footage is compatible with V-Log footage recorded by VariCam or V-Log L footage recorded by LUMIX GH5/GH5S.

3. High product reliability that allows unlimited video recording.*7
In every S1H recording mode, video can be recorded non-stop under the certified operating temperature so the user can concentrate on shooting.
Panasonic now offers three innovative models in the LUMIX S Series of full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras – the S1R, the S1, and the new S1H. The LUMIX S1R is ideal for taking high-resolution pictures, the LUMIX S1 is an advanced hybrid camera for high-quality photos and videos, and the LUMIX S1H is designed and developed especially for film production. With this lineup, Panasonic is committed to meet the demands of every imaging professional by challenging the constant evolution of the photo/video culture in today’s new digital era.

The LUMIX S1H prototype will be exhibited at the “Cine Gear Expo 2019.”*8

Notes:
*1. As a digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of May 31, 2019 (U.S.). Panasonic research.
*2. As a full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of May 31 May, 2019 (U.S.). Panasonic research. In Super 35mm-equivalent size.
*3. Corresponding to 4K (4096×2160) as defined by Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI).
*4. As of March 25, 2009, as a digital interchangeable lens system camera. Panasonic research.
*5. As of March 25, 2014, as a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera. Panasonic research.
*6. As of January 25, 2017, as a digital interchangeable lens system camera. Panasonic research.
*7. Recording time varies depending on the battery capacity and memory card capacity. When the camera’s temperature rises above the specified operation temperature, the camera may automatically stop video recording to protect it from heat damage.
*8. Cine Gear Expo 2019 is the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the technology, entertainment and media industry to be held at Paramount Studios in Los Angles, U.S., through May 30 to June 2.
– Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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