CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 5, 2016 —Olympus is pleased to announce the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO, a compact super-telephoto lens that expands the capability of the M.Zuiko PRO series of professional, splashproof and dustproof lenses that deliver outstanding image quality in any circumstance. The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO is the first Olympus interchangeable lens with a built-in image stabilization mechanism, and when paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (firmware version 4.0) or E-M5 Mark II (firmware version 2.0), in-body and in-lens image stabilization work in perfect harmony resulting in the new 5-Axis Sync IS technology to produce the world's most powerful image stabilization performance of up to six shutter speed steps of compensation*. The lens can also be used effectively with other camera bodies, as the in-lens stabilization mechanism alone provides 4 shutter speeds steps of compensation.
With a length of 8.9 inches (227mm) and weight of a mere 2.8 pounds (1,270g), one third of the size and weight of most DSLR 600mm equivalents, the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO is designed to slip into an airplane carry-on bag or backpack and go anywhere to help users easily capture handheld images from once-challenging photo destinations. Despite the compact size, the lens features hermetic sealing in 17 places and freezeproof performance down to 14⁰F (-10°C). When combined with the same splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof characteristics of the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II, you can capture high-quality images in the harshest environments.
The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO debuts Olympus’ highest ever resolution by combining three Super ED lenses, one Extra-High Refractive index lens and three High Refractive index lenses to reduce color bleeding and chromatic aberrations that tend to occur on typical super-telephoto lenses. In addition to Olympus’ renowned ZERO Coating (Zuiko Extra Low Reflective Optical Coating), a brand new lens coating technology called Zero Coating Nano suppresses reflected light to minimize ghosts and flares for extremely sharp details of images including car headlights. A layer of nano-sized particles and a layer of air in the center to the surface of the lens achieves a refractive index similar to air and significantly reduces surface reflection.
The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO also gets up close to explore the beautiful, minute world of telemacro photography with maximum image magnification of 0.48x (35mm equivalent), with a minimum focusing distance of 46 inches (1.15m) from the end of the lens. When combined with the M.ZUIKO Digital 1.4X TELECONVERER MC-14, the user can capture all of nature’s beauty in high resolution at 840mm (35mm equivalent) and an increased image magnification of 0.67x (35mm equivalent), while maintaining the same minimum focus distance, in a handheld, compact body.
The OM-D’s silent mode combines with the lens’ Movie & Still Compatible mechanism for silent AF and shooting, giving the user an ability to blend into the background of any situation whether that be the refinement of a symphony performance or the dusty plains of a lion’s hunting grounds.
The lens also features a Manual Focus Clutch mechanism that makes switching to manual focus possible by pulling the focusing ring toward you. The side of the lens barrel features a Focus Limit switch (4m to infinity, all range, 1.4 to 4m), an IS switch (On/Off), and an L-Fn button which can all be operated without ever taking your eye off the viewfinder. The built-in sliding lens hood can be locked into place when extended, and a removable tripod base plate on the bottom with a quick shoe compatible rail.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO lens is available now for an estimated street price of $2,499.99 (U.S.) and $3,299.99 (Canada).
To find out more about the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS and for a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website at www.olympusamerica.com.