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 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 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.
Max Image Magnification
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 100-400㎜ F5.0-6.3 IS
With 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
With 2.0x Teleconverter MC-20
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 for suppressing color bleeding, two Super HR lenses, and two HR lenses 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.
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., firstname.lastname@example.org, 484-896-5719, or visit the Olympus website getolympus.com.
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)
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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