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OM System just announced its new OM-1 II, but that’s not all the news it has today. Also breaking cover is a 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 super telephoto zoom (equivalent focal length range of 300-1200mm) as well as a new version of the Olympus 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 (18-36mm equivalent) with an updated body and OM System branding.
The 150-600mm shares the bulk of its specs with Sigma’s 150-600mm F5-6.3, suggesting it’s a version of the same, modified with a Micro Four Thirds mount to fit OM System cameras. OM System’s 150-600mm has an optical construction of 25 elements in 15 groups, weighs in at 2,065g (4.6 lbs), and provides up to 7 stops of stabilization paired with the OM-1 II, with 6 stops of stabilization on the lens itself.
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The new 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 sports an all black casing and OM System branding, but is otherwise functionally equivalent to the lens Olympus released in 2010, its third for the Micro Four Thirds system.
Both lenses will be available in late February, the 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 for $2,700 and the 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 for $700.
Introducing the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 150-600 F5.0-6.3 IS Lens
Capture Wild Birds Easily with Powerful Image Stabilization and Super-Telephoto Hand-Held Shooting
Bethlehem, PA – January 30, 2024 – OM Digital Solutions Corporation is pleased to announce the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 IS (35mm equivalent: 300-1200mm) lens, a pinnacle in super telephoto zoom technology. This Micro Four Thirds System standard-compliant super telephoto zoom lens is a testament to innovation, offering an expansive focal length of up to 1200mm equivalent¹ on its own and up to 2400mm equivalent1 when combined with the optional M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 2x Teleconverter MC-20, redefining versatility, delivering unparalleled imaging excellence. This lens will be available beginning in late February 2024 and features compatibility with 5-axis sync IS when used with the new OM-1 Mark II, providing up to 7 shutter speed steps of image stabilization². When used independently, it offers up to 6 shutter speed steps of image stabilization³, for razor-sharp clarity even at extreme distances, eliminating the need for a tripod and allowing photographers to seize decisive moments on the fly.
Crafted with resilience in mind, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 IS lens features IPX1 splash & dust-proof performance, complete with fluorine coating, making it a reliable companion in the harshest environments. Its compact, lightweight design grants photographers unparalleled mobility, enabling fast and nimble maneuverability while seeking elusive subjects. The OM SYSTEM M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 IS lens heralds a new chapter in photographic excellence. Empowering photographers with unparalleled reach, resilience, and performance, it redefines boundaries and captures the extraordinary.
Pricing & availability for OM SYSTEM M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 IS lens
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 IS lens will be available beginning in late February 2024 at a suggested retail price of $2,699.99 US and $3,599.99 CAD.
1 35mm equivalent
2 According to CIPA standards; Image stabilization is disabled at the halfway release when correction is performed on two axes (yaw and pitch) Camera body: OM-1 Mark II at a lens focal distance of 150mm (35mm equivalent focal length: 300mm)
3 According to CIPA standards; Image stabilization is disabled at the halfway release when correction is performed on two axes (yaw and pitch). Camera body: E-M10 Mark IV at a lens focal distance of 150mm (35mm equivalent focal length: 300mm)
Introducing the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 II Lens (35mm Equivalent: 18-36mm) with Retractable Design for Unmatched Portability
Experience Effortless Creativity with the Unique Photographic Possibilities of an Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
Bethlehem, PA, January 30, 2024 – OM Digital Solutions Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 II, with a 35mm equivalent of 18-36mm. This wide-angle lens complies with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, providing users with a versatile tool to explore a wide range of photographic possibilities. Customers can pre-order the lens now. The lens is set to hit the market in late February 2024.
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 II stands out as the lightest and most compact option among the three M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ultra wide-angle zoom lenses.¹ Photographers can fully leverage its wide-angle capabilities to capture expansive natural landscapes and take wide macro shots of flowers and trees from a low angle, encompassing the sky in the composition. This approach emphasizes perspective by bringing the subject closer, resulting in an effortless expansion of the photographer’s creative palette in outdoor photography.
Pricing & availability for OM SYSTEM M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 II Lens
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 II lens will be available beginning in late February 2024 at a suggested retail price of $699.99 (US); $949.99 (CAD)
1 Among these three lenses: M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 II, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8-25mm F4.0 PRO, and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO.