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Olympus ED 25mm f2.8 Zuiko Digital Pancake Lens

March 5, 2008

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Olympus ED 25mm f2.8 Zuiko Digital Pancake Lens

Together with Olympus E-420 World Smallest and Lightest DSLR, Olympus announced the ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f2.8 thin, lightweight single-focus standard pancake-type lens fully compliant with the Four Thirds System standard for digital SLR cameras and scheduled for release in the middle of April, 2008.

 

Main Features

  1. Thin, lightweight pancake-type lens with an overall length of 23.5 mm and weight of 95 grams
  2. Digital-dedicated, high-image-quality design
  3. Excellent close-up shooting capability
  4. Screw-in aluminium lens cap, and lens hood (optional)

ZUIKO DIGITAL is a series of interchangeable lenses designed especially for use with digital SLR cameras. Featuring compliance with the Four Thirds System standard, these dedicated lenses maximize the potential of the high-performance image sensors used in digital SLRs.

The newly developed ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f2.8 is a thin, lightweight single-focus standard pancake-type lens with a focal distance equivalent to 50 mm on a 35 mm camera lens. It offers both excellent portability thanks to the compact and lightweight advantages of the Four Thirds System and very sharp, clear imaging performance.

The lens has an overall length of 23.5 mm. When combined with the already released E-410 or the upcoming E-420 digital SLR camera, the total length including the camera body and lens is only 76.5 mm. The result is an easy-to-store, easy-to-carry camera system with go-anywhere portability. And when the lens with E-420 is used, “AF Live View” function, which makes Live View shooting easier and more convenient than ever, is available.

With a focal distance equivalent to 50 mm on a 35 mm film camera lens, this standard pancake-type lens provides an image angle very close to that of the naked eye. The result is a near-natural visual field that makes this an ideal standard lens for daily use, whether for simple snapshots or for more sophisticated portrait and landscape shooting.

Feature Details

  1. Thin, lightweight pancake-type lens with an overall length of 23.5 mm and weight of 95 grams
    Mastery of the latest optical design technology has resulted in a thin, lightweight pancake-type lens with an overall length of only 23.5 millimetres and weight of 95 grams. When this lens is mounted on the currently available E-410 or the just announced E-420 digital SLR camera, the total length of the camera body and lens is still only 76.5 mm. The result is a camera system that is easy to store and easy to carry, offering go-anywhere portability. With its compact, lightweight design, this highly portable lens is ideal for daily use, perfect for a wide range of photographic opportunities from snapshots to portrait and landscape shooting.
  2. Digital-dedicated, high-image-quality design
    The focal distance is equivalent to 50 mm on a 35 mm camera lens. Double-sided aspherical lens components are employed to reduce the lens length and provide optimal aberration correction, achieving a sharp, clear image just like a single-focus lens. A specially formulated lens coating optimized for shooting against light minimizes ghosts and flares. With a high open aperture f-value of 2.8 and a circular aperture diaphragm, this lens lets you create beautiful soft-focus images and take advantage of natural defocusing effects.
  3. Excellent close-up shooting capability
    Close-up shooting is possible at a minimum distance of 13 centimeters from the front of the lens. The possibility of positive challenge to the shooting subject will expand the field of photography.
  4. Screw-on aluminium lens cap, and lens hood (optional)
    The lens cap is made of aluminium and screws onto the lens. This ensures a sleek, streamlined exterior appearance.
    Made of sleek, polished aluminium, the optional LH-43 Lens Hood allows you to attach the LC-34 Lens Hood Cap (included in the Lens Hood) or a 34-mm-diameter commercially available filter without spoiling the camera’s slim, stylish appearance.

Pricing
ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f2.8: 47,500 yen(49,875 yen incl. tax), available Mid-April, 2008

Optional
Screw-on aluminium lens hood LH-43 4,500: yen(4,725 yen incl. tax), availabel Mid-April, 2008

Olympus E3 Sample Images : Portraits

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Below are photos taken during the Olympus E3 launch in Japan.

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Outdoor portrait using Olympus E3.

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Portraits taken by Kazuhisa Nishikawa. Lens used was Olympus’ new ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD

Bikini Shoot with Olympus E3 and Zuiko idgital ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD

Bikini Shoot with Olympus E3 and Zuiko idgital ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD
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Bikini Shoot with Olympus E3 and Zuiko idgital ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD

Bikini Shoot with Olympus E3 and Zuiko idgital ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD
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Bikini Shoot with Olympus E3 and Zuiko idgital ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD

Bikini Shoot with Olympus E3 and Zuiko idgital ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD
Large Version

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Bikini Shoot with Olympus E3 and Zuiko idgital ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD

Bikini Shoot with Olympus E3 and Zuiko idgital ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD
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Large Version

This article will showcase only portraits images taken by the E3, samples images of still life and landscape will be updated in another article soon. If you would like share your sample images taken with Olympus E3, feel free to send it to me by contacting me.

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Olympus E3 portraits sample images courtesy of:


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Kazuhisa Nishikawa –Portrait Session 1



Kazuhisa Nishikawa –Portrait Session 2




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Olympus E3 Splash Proof Test (Video)




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E3 with Olympus DSLR Planning Manager




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Live Interview: Olympus E-3 DSLR during PhotoPlus Expo 2007

Prices of the Olympus E3 are at the following:

E3 Body only USD1699
E3 and 14-54 F2.8-4 USD1999
E3 and 12-60 F2.8-4 SWD ~UDS2700




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