Center Valley, PA—Olympus’s just-announced M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 (24-400mm equivalent) super telephoto zoom lens conforms to the Micro Four Thirds system standard. According to Olympus, it boasts the highest magnification zoom available on an interchangeable lens for mirrorless systems at 16.6x at the time of its introduction.
“Users will experience excellent depictive performance across the entire focal length from wide angle to telephoto, making it the perfect travel companion. It packs high-speed and high-precision autofocus into an amazingly compact, lightweight form,” the company announced.
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12–200mm f/3.5–6.3 lens features a dustproof and splashproof construction. As a result, it is durable enough to withstand tough shooting conditions, especially when paired with a weather-sealed Olympus OM-D camera.
Moreover, when shooting wide, its closest focusing distance is less than nine inches from the main subject. This allows it to capture the subject as well as an expansive background.
In addition, when shooting telephoto, the maximum magnification of 0.46x (35mm equivalent) allows for close-up photography and for significant background defocusing.
This lens also employs the Olympus MSC (movie and still compatible) mechanism. The inner focusing mechanism provides fast, smooth, quiet and accurate autofocusing. It is also ideal for video shooters. In addition, photographers can benefit from the short shooting time lag, so split-second photo opportunities are not missed.
Furthermore, ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, cultivated from multilayer film disposition technology used in microscopes, is applied to the lens to reduce ghosts and flares. This also contributes to a clear, high-contrast image.
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12–200mm f/3.5–6.3 lens ships late March 2019. It will have a retail price of $899.99.
Optional M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 Lens Accessories
Along with the new MFT lens, Olympus also announced several separately sold accessories.
LC-72C Lens Cap: The cap has a 72mm filter diameter that can be attached and removed without the need to remove the lens hood. It retails for $14.99.
LH-76B Lens Hood: The hood protects the lens and also reduces unnecessary light entering the lens when shooting in backlit conditions. It has an SRP of $49.99.
LSC-0914 Lens Case: The pouch-style lens case also protects lenses with three-layer construction. You can store lenses with the lens cap, protection filter and lens hoot (stored) attached. $31.99.
Zuiko PRF-ZD72 Pro Protection Filter: The optional lens filter features ZERO coating and blackened glass edges. Both reduce flares and ghosting. Moreover, its frame consists of a satin finish black aluminum. This filter is also compatible with other lenses sporting a 72mm filter diameter. $79.99.