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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 5:03 pm 
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Hi folks,

It had already been pre-announced but now we have the announcement. Still a couple of months before the electron shuffling on the wibbly-wobbly-web stops and we see the hardware. From the press release:

    New M.ZUIKO DIGITAL™ ED 75mm f1.8 High-Grade Portrait Lens Enhances the Power, Performance and Versatility of Olympus OM-D and PEN® Compact System Cameras

    CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 24, 2012 – Today, Olympus adds to the Micro Four Thirds family of lenses with the release of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f1.8 High-Grade Portrait Lens (150mm equivalent), a high-speed, single-focal-length telephoto lens that is optimized for studio, stage, indoor sports and portrait photography, encased in a high-quality, compact, stunning metal body.

    The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f1.8’s nine-blade circular aperture unit delivers beautiful defocused backgrounds, while the high-quality optical design keeps the subject in sharp focus. This is due to an advanced optical design that incorporates 10 lens elements in nine groups that make extensive use of special glass materials, including three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements to optimally correct aberrations. Each lens element is polished to an ultra-high level of working precision, only possible with the progressive techniques developed by Olympus master craftsmen, and carefully assembled to ensure maximum accuracy and reliability. Olympus’s exclusive ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating) lens coatings are applied to the elements to reduce reflectance to a level that is half that of conventional coatings.

    With a total length of just 2.7 inches, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f1.8 is surprisingly small and maximizes the performance and portability of the Olympus PEN and OM-D compact system cameras. A textured metallic outer finish exudes quality and sophistication, while the large 50mm diameter glass front lens conveys a sense of power and performance.

    Ideal for capturing brilliant still images and high-definition (HD) videos, the lens employs Olympus's proven MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) autofocusing mechanism featuring an inner focus system to drive this single-focal-length lens for fast and quiet focusing. A precision-touch metallic focus ring provides easy manual focusing.

    The optional LH-61F Lens Hood and the LC-61 Lens Cap metallic lens accessories are designed exclusively for the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f1.8. The LH-61F Lens Hood attaches with an outer friction knob system that allows attachment or removal even when the lens cap is attached.

    U.S. Pricing and Availability
    The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f1.8 High-Grade Portrait Lens will be available in summer 2012.

    Estimated Street Price: $899.99.

    For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website:
    http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1622&page=specs

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Great to see another addition to the m4/3rds lens catalog although Olympus can quite fairly be criticised for not including the lens hood given the price of the lens. And given the lens cap (LC-58E) is included I wonder how many owners will spring for the fancy LC-61 metallic lens cap? :?

Next up should be the Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro...

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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 5:23 am 
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Personally, I'm much happier adding a lens hood and lens cap to this than I am adding an f-stop or power-zoom to the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8

I'm also hoping the wait is closer to one month than two - Mark


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:28 am 
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Hi folks,

Robin Wong has penned (that'd be a terrible pun if he had used a PEN rather than an OM-D E-M5 to test the lens with :roll: ) this review of the 75mm f/1.8. Very sweet!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:46 am 
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Hi folks,

IR has a great feature on the lens (here) with a detailed look at its innards together with links to various reviews. Now I just have to decide whether to get the 75mm f/1.8 ahead of the Leica DG Summilux 25mm/f1.4 ASPH. Oh, and I also have to save some more pennies before I buy either... :roll: :lol:

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Leica D Vario-Elmar 14mm-150mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ASPH.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:31 am 
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Do you not have much of a need for 75mm? (I ask because I see you have 25mm pretty well covered already, albeit not at f1.4)

Personally, I can't wait for the 75mm to be available here - Mark


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:48 am 
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Hi Mark,

The 25mm with its 50mm equivalent FoV would see more action for those occasions when I'd like a shallower DoF. The 75mm gives me a medium telephoto capability indoors, something I can make use of at dog shows. There would be other uses as well so which to get first is just a matter of deciding what my priorities.

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Leica D Vario-Elmar 14mm-150mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ASPH.
OM-D E-M5, H-PS14042E, Gitzo GT1541T, Arca-Swiss Z1 DP ball-head.
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