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Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
  • The E-420 and pancake lens examined
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    New lens gives a whole new meaning to compact

    London, 5 March 2008 – With an overall length of just 23.5mm and weighing in at a tiny 95g, the new ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm 1:2.8 lens takes mobility to a higher level. Matched with the newly-announced E-420, it represents the most compact camera body and lens combination available – with a collective length of just 76.5mm. The go-anywhere single-focus lens boasts premium optics matched with a bright 1:2.8 aperture and a small minimum focusing distance. Featuring a focal length equivalent to 50mm on a 35mm camera system, it provides an angle of view near to that of the human eye – and is therefore an ideal standard lens for daily use. Adhering to the Four Thirds Standard, this model is fully-compatible with the made-for-digital Olympus E-System. The ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm 1:2.8 lens will be available from April 2008 at a recommended price of £189.99

    At only 23.5mm long and weighing 95g, the remarkably thin and lightweight ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm 1:2.8 lens from Olympus is ideal for the mobile D-SLR photographer. When mounted to the Olympus E-410 or newly-announced E-420, the total length of camera body and lens is a meagre 76.5mm – making it both exceptionally portable and easy to store.

    Double-sided aspherical lens elements provide optimal aberration correction and return images with exceptional edge-to-edge sharpness and clarity. Furthermore, to optimise shooting against light, this single-focus lens incorporates a specially-formulated coating that minimises ghosting and flaring. With its bright 1:2.8 circular diaphragm aperture, photographers can create striking soft-focus images and also take advantage of natural defocusing effects.

    Boasting a focal length equivalent to 50mm on a 35mm camera, this lens provides a near natural visual field as it closely resembles the human eye's natural field of vision. And at just 20cm, the minimum focusing distance lets photographers get extremely close to their subjects, to further add to this astoundingly compact lens’ versatility.

    To set off its extremely sleek and streamlined appearance, ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm 1:2.8 lens also features a screw-on aluminium lens cap. This ultra-thin and ultra-light model will become available in April 2008 for £189.99

    ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm 1:2.8 lens – main features:

    • · Ultra-compact lens
    • · Fixed focal length of 25mm (equivalent to 50mm on a 35mm camera)
    • · Bright 1:2.8 aperture
    • · Merely 23.5mm thin and 95g light
    • · Minimum focusing distance of only 20cm
    • · Comes with screw-on aluminium lens cap

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    Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko

    Four Thirds User editorial team Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    Less than an inch thick, the new Olympus Digiital Zuiko 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' lens weighs only 90g. A... (more)

    biggles3 Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    This looks like a smart addition to the lens range. Hopefully there'll be a pro version f1.4... ... (more)

    Ian Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    It has a 43mm filter thread. The aluminium lens cap screws into this too. An f/1.4 version wou... (more)

    biggles3 Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    Hi Ian, Thanks for the clarification on the filter - I couldn't spot a filter ring on the lens. ... (more)

    joachim Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    Ian, you see, they did it in the past, and now they did it again. Still no maple syrup :D... (more)

    thestickman Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    Personally I'm not sold on this maple syrup idea... it might produce some crazy diffraction and vary... (more)

    Beardedwombat Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    I prefer my pancakes with cherries and ice cream - produces interesting filter effects.:D... (more)

    Delfi_r Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    The Summilux 25 mmm 1.4 ASPH is on the Panasonic catalogue, and it's big as all 1.4 lens are. A 2.8... (more)

    biggles3 Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    Hi Delfi_r, I've been looking at the Summilux 25 1.4 - just not sure about the ease of software u... (more)

    Wolves Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    *waits for test/user shots... (more)

    Delfi_r Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    I have one Summilux and now i'ts my primus lens, but when the pancake will be out....I'll want to kn... (more)

    Kuifje Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    At 4/3.org the map of lenses to be announced is off line ..[url]http://www.four-thirds.org/en/produc... (more)

    Ian Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    An affordable extra wide angle is in the roadmap and I'm told this will be arriving in towards th... (more)

    Ian Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    I agree entirely, but the curious thing is that the E-420 is really specced as an entry-level con... (more)

    thestickman Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    It must be a hard balance having a camera that is a great compact second body, but also your en... (more)

    hschnee Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    The E-410 is my only body, and I love the small size, simple button layout, and lack of unneccessary... (more)

    joachim Tatsuno
    Ian, I discovered on [url]http://asia.olympus-global.com/imsg/dslr/lenses/#standard[/url] and ... (more)

    thestickman Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    I noticed it was listed as a standard too, although I had mostly expected it after rumours I read on... (more)

    Ian Re: Tatsuno
    The use of a complex aspheric element is significant in the design - it's not a base level qualit... (more)

    David Dunnico Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    Right then – that's another lens for the bag!... (more)

    marcof Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    I am totally thrilled by this announcement. The 420 looks like a beauty, but the 25mm F2.8 pancake i... (more)

    RogerMac Re: Ultra compact 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' Digital Zuiko
    It never entered my head to dump Oly but I also am thrilled by the new lens. I am not in the mark... (more)

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