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OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm f/1.4 PRO Lens

BH #OM2014MZP • MFR #V335050BW000
OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm f/1.4 PRO Lens
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 40mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • 11 Elements in 10 Groups
The versatile M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm f/1.4 from OM SYSTEM is a 40mm equivalent wide-angle prime lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The wide field of view is complemented by a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture for controlling depth of field and producing selective focus effects, and when working in difficult lighting conditions. This pocket-sized lens is easy to carry and balances high resolution with the ability to capture soft, feathered bokeh. This lens makes long days of shooting landscapes, nature, or travel photos seem effortless. Reliable IPX1-rated weather sealing makes it possible to shoot in any environmental conditions without worry. Two aspherical elements are used in the optical design to help reduce spherical aberrations in order to achieve a high degree of sharpness, and also help reduce the overall size and weight of the lens. The Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system provides precise, fast, and quiet focus performance to suit both video and photo applications.
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OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko 20mm f/1.4 PRO Overview

The versatile M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm f/1.4 from OM SYSTEM is a 40mm equivalent wide-angle prime lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The wide field of view is complemented by a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture for controlling depth of field and producing selective focus effects, and when working in difficult lighting conditions. This pocket-sized lens is easy to carry and balances high resolution with the ability to capture soft, feathered bokeh. This lens makes long days of shooting landscapes, nature, or travel photos seem effortless. Reliable IPX1-rated weather sealing makes it possible to shoot in any environmental conditions without worry. Two aspherical elements are used in the optical design to help reduce spherical aberrations in order to achieve a high degree of sharpness, and also help reduce the overall size and weight of the lens. The Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system provides precise, fast, and quiet focus performance to suit both video and photo applications.

This wide-angle prime is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and provides a 40mm equivalent focal length for 35mm format. It has a minimum focus distance of 9.8" for dynamic close-up imaging.
The fast f/1.4 maximum aperture can achieve shallow depth of field and selective focusing effects and when working in difficult lighting conditions. The rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasingly soft, feathered bokeh when shooting everything from nature to portraits.
Lens construction incorporates a sophisticated system of hermetic seals that lock out moisture, cold, and dust. The fully sealed splash, freeze, and dustproof design lends itself to use in a variety of locations and environments without the need for additional protective gear. It protects itself from harsh element and can continue to be used when the temperature dips down to down to -14°F / -10°C. When the lens is used with an Olympus splashproof body, IEC Standard publication 60529 IPX1 applies.
Two aspherical elements, three ED elements, one super ED element, and two Super HR elements are used to reduce spherical aberrations and distortions and optimize light transmission in order to provide increased sharpness and more accurate color rendering.
ZERO (Zuiko Extra-Low Reflection Optical) coating provides reduced lens flare and optimal color transmission.
Fluorine lens coating repels dust, dirt, rain, and snow from the front element for easy cleaning.
Movie & Still Compatible High Speed Imager (MSC) autofocus system benefits both photo and video applications due to its smooth, quiet, and fast performance.
UPC: 050332193352

OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko 20mm f/1.4 PRO Specs

Focal Length20mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 40mm)
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens Format CoverageMicro Four Thirds
Angle of View57°
Minimum Focus Distance9.8" / 25 cm
Maximum Magnification0.11x
Optical Design11 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size58 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.5 x 2.4" / 63.4 x 61.7 mm
Weight8.7 oz / 247 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.015 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.2 x 3.8 x 3.8"

OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko 20mm f/1.4 PRO Reviews

Excellent fast appature lens to mate with EM-1 or PEN F

By Randolph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-19

I picked up this lens as an alternative to my Oly 17mm 1.2. It's Beautifully made, small and lightweight and almost as bright as the 1.2 but for half the cost. I wish it has the MF Clutch but have not had a situation yet where i feel I needed it. This is my new favorite lens.

Sharp lens

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-15

This lens focuses extremely fast and seems somewhat sharper than the 30mm f3.5 lens I have been using, but I haven't done a systematic check. I seems like a very fine lens. It's now my main walk around lens,

So Far, So Good

By Frank
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-10

I've only had it for a couple of days, so this is first impressions only. Nothing uploaded to the computer yet. It came packed in an elegant, well designed box. Not that it matters, but says a little about attention to detail. It appears to be well built, good materials, tight where it's supposed to be, loose where it isn't. I'm using it with an E-M1ii. Autofocus seems fast and spot on. The only thing I don't like is manual focus. No depth of field scale, no stops at infinity and closest focus. This has no effect on the final product, but stops there help you get your bearings when you're starting to focus. Also, no f/stop ring or depth of field markings. This is probably more important to us old guys, who like to check those things while looking DOWN on the camera, before going to the viewfinder. F1.4 max aperture is fine for my photography-99% of the time-trains and landscapes. The 40mm 35mm equiv. is kind of odd, but will be useful for my work. Ask me 15 years from now about quality of construction and water tightness. I'll write another review once I've had a chance to use it.

Great carry around lens

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-09

Perfect fit to the EM 5, great all purpose prime.

Lean & Mean

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-10

For the money, size and weight, this is now my sharpest M.Zuiko lens -- and I also own a 45mm f/1.2 PRO lens. While not as flexible as the PRO zoom lenses, this little prime now stays on my E-M1 III whenever I'm not specifically on a job. Incredible crispness in the focus zones from wide-open to f/8 and a little beyond, and beautiful bokeh in the backgrounds. Lovely low-light pickup for a very low noise threshhold, even compared to the f/1.2 lenses. The 20mm frame is just slightly wide-angle of 1:1 perspective, so it's ideal for street work, and while not a true macro, the lens gets nicely close to things for detail shots. A lot of pre-release reviews and comments complained about the lack of manual-focus clutch and function button on this lens, as had been included on most of the other PRO lens designs, but when seen as a low-weight, low-maintenance travel/street lens, those features aren't missed. The 8mm fisheye PRO also lacks those features and it serves its intended purposes extremely well. This is just a truly packable lens, whether on the camera body or in a side pocket, with no compromise on image quality. The lens hood is a bit thin-feeling and basic, but that also follows the design idea, I guess, with no moving parts to fail and minimal weight. The only other accessory included is a lens cloth which doubles as a wrapping pouch -- all branded with the new OM System logo. Again, basic but high-end.

Better Than I Expected

By Jeff
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-10

The OMS 20mm 1.4 lens appeared to be ideal for my indoor event photography before its release. Initial reviews were modest in praise and definitely critical about uncorrected optical flaws. Well, I jumped anyway. A few days ago I used the lens in earnest, and I can say that it is really ideal for my purposes. The focus is fast, silent, and accurate. Wide open sharpness is all I could ask for, especially in the center of the frame. As for corners, at f/1.4, they really don't matter much. When the lens was stopped down a bit, there was nothing to fault for all practical purposes. The rendering is very natural, with sharpness and color saturation being very nice but not overdone. The bokeh is soft and pleasing. A few pictures were slightly low on contrast but setting white and back points in post fixed that easily. Despite the lukewarm reviews, I find the lens to be a very pleasant addition to my kit. If you go by real-world results, this should be a worthy purchase.

A bit disappointing

By Bob
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-19

I had very high hopes for this lens. In fact, I had written to Olympus a couple of years ago requesting such a fast 20mm focal length. The angle of view seemed ideal for certain candid work, something I realized back in the late '80s when I owned to Zuiko 40mm f/2. Certainly, the size, weight, and build of this f/1.4 lens are satisfying, but I find that the images it produces to be a bit soft at all practical apertures compared to other OM Pro lenses in the wide-to-normal angles of view, including, remarkably, the 12-100mm f/4 zoom. Chromatic aberration is also a little greater than I'd hoped. Both sharpness and CA can be improved to reasonable levels in software, but, of course, so can those characteristics of the comparison lenses, so the quality gap persists. I'm not sorry I bought the 20mm lens; I have good uses for it. I just thought such a prime lens at that price point would knock my socks off.

Works for me!

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-17

This lens does exactly what I was hoping for - a sharp, fast, small, and durable lens for walk around, candid family, and travel photos. I'm not a huge fan of 35mm equivalent so the 17mm 1.2 wasn't an option. I have used the 25mm 1.2 and that lens is a better performer (more contrast and a bit sharper compared to the 20mm have been my main conclusions) but it's not much faster and its huge. So far I'm very happy with the choices they made when designing the lens.

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