Two New Olympus PRO Optics - 17mm and 45mm f/1.2

Yes, you read that right. Both new Olympus lenses have a maximum aperture of f/1.2. And they are beautiful to boot.

olympus-17mm-side.jpg The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO lens.

"The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO and M.ZUIKO Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO give photographers more flexibility in low-light environments as well as an extraordinarily shallow depth-of-field. Each optic is designed to achieve a new level of imaging performance, delivering three-dimensional photos that represent subjects as they appear in the real world through a combination of feathered bokeh and sharp resolution."

olympus-45mm-pen-f.jpg The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO lens.

"By focusing not only on the bokeh's size but also its quality, each lens produces a feathered bokeh effect that better emphasizes the main subject and allows it to stand out within the image. The shallower depth of field produced at f/1.2 is especially ideal for portrait photographers."

"Like other lenses in the M.ZUIKO PRO series, the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO and M.ZUIKO Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO feature compact, lightweight construction and a dustproof, splashproof, freezeproof (to 14�F/-10�C) design, giving photo enthusiasts and professionals the ability to capture brilliant images in a variety of shooting conditions."

Each lens has the wonderful snap-focus feature that I love. It gives you a hard-stop infinity setting, depth of field scale, and makes it easy to go back and forth from auto focus to manual.

They are easy on the shoulders as well, the optics weight in at 390 grams and 410 grams, meaning that you can mount them on the PEN-F as well the the larger EM-1 Mark II. You can preorder the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO lens and the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO lens for $1,199 each. Expect delivery this November.

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