Olympus is full of news today, unveiling a super telephoto lens for their PRO lineup, new additions to its lens roadmap, a firmware update for the OM-D E M1X mirrorless camera, and software designed to add webcam functionality to select OM-D cameras.
In winter 2020, Olympus is set to release the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO Lens. This super telephoto zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras has a built-in 1.25x teleconverter capable of providing a 35mm equivalent range of 300-1000mm. Combine it with the Olympus MC-20 M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter and you are looking at up to a 2000mm reach, perfect for sports, wildlife, or extreme socially distanced portraits.
The new lens will feature in-lens image stabilization, as well as compatibility with in-body stabilization to maintain sharpness when shooting on its long end. For further stabilization, it comes with a tripod collar and the ability to turn stabilization on or off via a switch on the side of the lens. The lens is dust-, splash-, and freezeproof, so you can use it with confidence when faced with challenging environmental conditions.
Accompanying the 150-400mm, Olympus has updated its lens roadmap to give a taste of what is in the works for the future. The M.Zuiko line will gain an unspecified macro lens, as well as the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f/4 lens, balancing out the latest super telephoto.
Bird photographers who own the OM-D E-M1X mirrorless digital camera will have something to look forward to this winter with a bird subject-detection firmware update. This will serve as the latest addition to Olympus’s Intelligent Subject Detection AF, making it easier to capture small, unpredictable wildlife when using telephoto lenses.
Finally, Olympus has released its OM-D Webcam Beta for Windows 10. The new software transforms compatible OM-D cameras into a webcam to use for streaming, video conferencing, and other applications. Compatible cameras include: E-M1X, E-M1, E-M1 Mark II, E-M1 Mark III, and E-M5 Mark II. You can download the complimentary software here.
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