Olympus patents professional macro lens: Olympus 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS Pro

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Olympus has patented a brand new, professional-grade macro lens: the Olympus 100mm f/2.Eight Macro IS Professional. This is able to be the third macro lens in Olympus’ lineup, however the first one to come back with the Professional designation. 

The Japanese patent (JP2019-164276) for the Olympus 100mm f/2.Eight Macro IS Professional was filed by the producer in March 2018, however was made public on 26 September. 

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The submitting, which was found by www.asobinet.com (thanks, 43 Rumors), describes “A macro lens with little aberration variation and high imaging performance”, which seems to include 15 lens parts in accordance with the schematic illustration. 

Olympus patents professional macro lens: Olympus 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS Pro

The Olympus 100mm f/2.Eight Macro IS Professional diagram seems to depict 15 lens parts

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Olympus at present has two different macro lenses, the M.Zuiko 35mm f/3.5 and the M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8, each of that are designated as Premium lenses – although the 60mm providing is climate sealed (which is uncommon for the Premium line). 

Whereas the Olympus 100mm f/2.Eight Macro IS Professional can be climate sealed (par for the course for Professional lenses), its essential upgrades are the elevated focal size and the addition of in-lens stabilization. 

This is able to make it the most recent optic to be appropriate with Olympus’ Sync IS expertise, which makes use of the in-body and in-lens programs in conjunction to offer as much as 7.5 stops of picture stabilization relying on the physique (such because the Olympus OM-D E-M1X). 

Olympus patents professional macro lens: Olympus 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS Pro

Olympus already has two macro lenses in its lineup, the 30mm f/3.5 (left) and 60mm f/2.8 (proper)

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With an equal full-frame focal size of 200mm, that is additionally the longest telephoto lens that Olympus produces, sitting between the M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 (150mm equal) and the M.Zuiko 300mm f/four IS Professional (600mm equal). Because of this the brand new optic can serve double obligation as an important portrait lens, as was the case with the 60mm macro (120mm equal). 

The lens doesn’t seem on Olympus’ present lens roadmap, however current interviews with higher-ups verify that the corporate is seeking to ramp up its lens (and physique) bulletins after a interval of relative inactivity the previous yr whereas it relocated its manufacturing amenities. 

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