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EXCELLENCE FROM WIDE-ANGLE TO TELEPHOTO: OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL® ED 12-100MM F4.0 IS PRO LENS

New M.ZUIKO professional lens delivers excellent resolution performance and beautiful bokeh from the PRO Series' widest aperture yet

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., September 19, 2016 — Olympus once again challenges conventional lens design with the new Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO (24-200mm focal length in 35mm equivalent), a compact, lightweight, high-magnification zoom lens that maintains a constant aperture of f4.0 from wide angle to telephoto. The latest addition to the M.ZUIKO PRO series incorporates powerful image stabilization (IS) and covers a focal length range that typically would require two zoom lenses to deliver unrivaled mobility for professionals looking to capture outstanding images in an expanded array of handheld shooting situations.

The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO combines multiple special lens elements to produce a high magnification factor and excellent resolution packed inside a small body. DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lenses, HR (high refractive index) lenses, and Super HR (super-high refractive index) lenses are combined to effectively correct aberration and minimize the number of lens elements in the configuration, reducing the overall length of the lens. By using multiple ED lenses, color fringing that tends to appear in telephoto shooting is thoroughly reduced, maintaining high resolution and edge-to-edge sharpness across the entire zoom range.

The in-lens image stabilization works in concert with Olympus' in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization of compatible OM-D® and PEN® camera bodies to create 5-Axis Sync IS, the world's most powerful image stabilization with 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance1. Camera shake commonly associated with handheld telephotography is eliminated, enabling users to capture sharp images and smooth video without the use of a tripod.

In addition to its broad focal range, this high-magnification zoom lens boasts outstanding close-up performance with a minimum working distance of 1.5 cm and a maximum shooting magnification of 0.6x (35mm equivalent) at the 12mm wide-angle setting.

The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO features lightweight, weatherproof construction, providing dustproof, splash proof and freeze proof (down to 14°F/-10°C) performance to meet the needs of professional photographers in any shooting situation.

Main Features:

  1. Compact, lightweight, high-performance, high-magnification zoom lens

    The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO has been added to the high-performance M.ZUIKO PRO series to meet the needs of professional photographers. Multiple special lens elements provide a high-magnification factor and superior resolution in a compact lens body.

    The DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lenses, HR (high refractive index) lenses, and Super HR (super-high refractive index) lenses have been combined to effectively correct chromatic aberration and minimize the number of lens elements in the configuration, reducing the overall length of the lens. The use of glass materials with a higher refractive index than that of previous DSA lenses has resulted in smaller lens diameters. This makes it possible to build a single lens that covers the focal length of two typical professional zoom lenses.

    By using multiple ED lenses, the color fringing that tends to occur in telephoto shooting is thoroughly reduced, maintaining high resolution and edge-to-edge sharpness across the entire zoom range. Olympus Z Coating Nano lens coating technology provides sharp, clear image quality by virtually eliminating flare in backlit situations and maintaining resolution when strong light sources are present in the frame.

  2. 5-Axis Sync IS, the world's most powerful image stabilization with 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance

    The Olympus M.ZUIKO 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO is equipped with a built-in image stabilization system for blur-free shooting across the entire high-magnification zoom range. By pairing the lens with a compatible Olympus OM-D or PEN camera, the lens stabilization works in sync with the camera's in-body stabilization to create 5-Axis Sync IS, the world's most powerful stabilization system providing up to 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance. Because the in-lens image stabilization alone provides up to five shutter speed steps of compensation performance, the lens can even be used with other camera bodies unequipped with image stabilization.

  3. Macro capabilities with a minimum working distance of 1.5 cm and a maximum shooting magnification of 0.6x (35mm equivalent)

    The close focusing distance of 15 cm at the 12mm wide-angle setting makes it possible to take close-up shots up to 1.5 cm away from the end of the lens, while the maximum shooting magnification of 0.6x (35mm equivalent) opens up new possibilities of expression. The lens design features superb close-up shooting performance even at other focal lengths, with a minimum working distance of 27 cm and a maximum shooting magnification of 0.42x (35mm equivalent) at the 100mm telephoto setting.

Other Features:

  1. The lens features dust-proof and splash-proof construction, with hermetic sealing in 12 locations. When combined with dust-proof, splash-proof and freeze-proof bodies available in the Olympus OM-D series, users can take advantage of all types of shooting environments.
  2. This lens boasts the same high-quality metal exterior design as the other lenses in the M.ZUIKO PRO series. It is equipped with the Manual Focus Clutch mechanism, which makes switching to manual focus possible by pulling the focusing ring toward you. The lens barrel features the Image Stabilization activation switch and the L-Fn button to pause autofocus or assign other custom settings.

Accessories:

Lens Cap LC-72C (bundled)

The LC-72C is for lenses with a filter diameter of 72mm and can be attached and removed even with the lens hood attached.

Lens Hood LH-76B (bundled)

The LH-76B is specifically designed for the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO. It reduces unwanted light entering the lens in backlit scenes while also protecting the lens. The hood lock button has been improved to prevent unintentional removal.

Lens Case LSC-0914 (bundled)

The LSC-0914 is a three-layer construction purse-string-type lens case which securely protects the lens. The lens can be stored in the case with the lens cap, protection filter and lens hood attached to the lens.

Protection Filter PRF-ZD72 PRO

This protection filter incorporates ZERO Coating to reduce reflections and flare, black-edged glass, and a satin, glare-reducing black alumite aluminum frame. The filter can also be used on other lenses with a filter diameter of 72mm.

Product Name SRP Launch Date
Lens Cap LC-72C $14.99 USD
$14.99 CAD
On sale
Lens Hood LH-76B $49.99 USD
$64.99 CAD
November
2016
Lens Case LSC-0914 $31.99 USD
$31.99 CAD
On sale
Protection Filter PRF-ZD72 PRO $79.99 USD
$79.99 CAD


M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO Specifications:

Focal Length 12–100mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 24–200mm
Lens Construction 17 Elements in 11 Groups
(1 DSA lens, 5 ED lenses, 2 Super HR lenses, 1 HR lens, 3 Aspherical lenses)
Dust- and Splash-proof Yes
Angle of View 84 degree (Wide) — 12 degree (Tele)
Closest Focusing Distance 0.15m (Wide)/0.45m (Tele)
Maximum Image Magnification 0.3x (Wide)/0.21x (Tele)
35mm Equivalent Max. Image Magnification 0.6x (Wide)/0.42x (Tele)
Minimum Field Size 57.7x43.3 mm (Wide) / 82.4x61.9mm (Tele)
Number of Blades 7 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
Maximum Aperture F4.0
Minimum Aperture F22
Image Stabilizer Yes (VCM)
Effective Compensation Range Up to 6.5 EV stops* (5Axis Sync IS)
Up to 5 EV stops (Lens IS)
(*As of September 2016. CIPA guideline compliant, when correction is carried out on two axes (yaw and pitch). When halfway release image stabilization is off. Focal length f=100mm.
Body: E-M1 Mark II
Filter Size 72mm
Lens Hood LH-76B
Dimensions 77.5 x 116.5mm
Weight 561g
Box Contents Lens Cap (LC-72C), Lens Rear Cap (LR-2), Lens Hood (LH-76B), Lens Case (LSC-0914), Instruction Manual, Olympus Warranty Card


U.S. Pricing and Availability:

The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO will be available beginning in November 2016 for an estimated street price of $1299.99 USD and $1599.99 CAD. For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: http://www.getolympus.com/lenses/m-zuiko-ed-12-100mm-f4-0-is-pro.html

Journalists interested in more information, review units and high-resolution images of the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO should contact Colin Brown, MullenLowe Public Relations, colin.brown@mullenlowe.com, 617-226-9749, or Jennifer Colucci, Olympus America Inc., jennifer.colucci@olympus.com, 484-896-5719, or visit the Olympus website: http://asset.olympusamerica.com/login.

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  1. As of September 2016, per CIPA testing guidelines, using Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Body and 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO, when correction is carried out on two axes (yaw and pitch) at focal length 100mm (35mm equivalent focal length: 200mm).