(FT4) New Olympus primes coming in early Summer.


75mm f/1.8 and 60mm f/2.8 macro lenses.

Like Panasonic also Olympus is showing new m43 prototype lenses without to share an exact information about their release. Good that we have our own sources saying that both lenses, the 75mm f/1.8 and the weather sealed 60mm f/2.8 macro will start to be sold in early Summer. That’s about the same time when the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 X and 35-100mm f/2.8 X lenses will be finally start to be sold too!

Other new Panasonic and Olympus m43 lenses will be announced at Photokina. And I don’t know if you still remember this but also Schneider promised to announce their first Micro Four Thirds lenses at Photokina. They have a long history of C-mount, FD, SL and M42 mount lenses. Here are some of them:
Xenon 16mm f/1.2 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 25mm f/0.95 (Click here to see on eBay).
Curtagon 35mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Componon 50mm f/1.4 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 50mm f/1.9 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 50mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 75mm f/3.5 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenotar 80mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 180mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).

Nice lenses I would like to see for m43 mount too!

  • Gabi

    It is hard to believe that Panasonic will start to sell the fast zoom lenses in early summer. They did not even announce any details on them!

    Nonetheless, I am looking forward to Oly’s primes!

  • Narretz

    So early? We can hope!
    And I bet Pana will start shipping their zooms later than Olympus their primes!

  • JF

    “That’s about the same time when the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 X and 35-100mm f/2.8 X lenses will be finally start to be sold too!”

    ?? What ?? But they COULD (that’s not even sure) be annouced at Photokina ! How can they be sold in early summer ? That contradicting previous posts. I don’t except them before christmas and bet on early 2013…but hope I’m wrong…

    • bilgy_no1

      ‘Other new lenses’

  • I like tele

    primes ! primes !
    No longer dark zooms with f/6.3.

    Oly, please give us 150mm f/2.8 macro, 300mm f/4, 10mm f/2.8, 17mm f/1.4…

    Maybe new version for micro43 of old stars from 4/3 -> 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 (maybe shorter 14-45) and 50-200 f/2.8-3.5.
    Or something like Canon 70-200 f/4L – with the same quality, but lighter and smaller.

  • Yun

    This is interesting . The 75mm F1.8 fr Oly is top of my purchase list , wondering what Pana will offer for their new prime lens . My only worry is can Pana body hold the lens without build in IS consistently ?

    • +1 on the 150mm f/2.8 macro. I’ve been wanting a macro lens equivalent to a 300 f/4 VR on full-frame for several years. Micro 4/3 versions of the weather-sealed 14-54mm f/2.8–3.5 and 50–200 f/2.8–3.5 would also be delicious.


    • Joel

      Do you think if Pana release a long prime they would bother to put IS in it?

      Otherwise I agree the Oly 75/1.8 is on the top of my purchase list for this year… As I have a Oly 50/2 macro and adapter a new expensive(?) macro is not really a priority, maybe if it was longer like a 100mm+ I may feel different..

  • Andy_S

    Every time I see that 75mm I need a little sit down! Pity there’s no indication of price yet.

    Being new to m43 I’m not sure if should hope that it compares well to the Canon 85/1.8 or the 135/2L?

    • I expect it will be on par with L glass.

      • Joel

        based on the 12/2 and 45/1.8 I would agree, though a damn site smaller and lighter ;-)

  • Ringo

    @Admin, you’ve got mistyping in the article – it’s 75 mm NOT 74 mm!

  • I do hope that Panasonic f/2.8 X lenses would appear soon.

    Talking about lenses: Tamron “also expects to ‘triple the development power’ of micro four thirds lenses over the next five years, Ono said in a speech reported in Japanese publication Photo Trade Express”.


  • mpgxsvcd

    X lenses won’t show up in the US until Fall.

  • Mar

    I don’t get why 75mm 1.8 isn’t weather sealed.
    It will be a “premium” lens for m43 system and will cost quite a bit more than 60mm macro.

    People will buy it for their OM-Ds, so I think it should really be weather sealed (as 12mm should’ve been).

    • JF


    • Will


      They must have had the concept to weather seal a m43 ages ago, all their primes should be weather sealed, add $75 on to each of them, no problems here.

      • _gl

        I think the strategy was to go after the mass market first (where price is a big issue) and cement the system as viable, before producing higher-spec stuff like weather sealing. To my mind the newer stuff is a really good sign that the manufacturers now see m43 as fully established and likely to be around a long time. Good system to be part of.

    • emde

      Where did you get this information from that the 1.8/75 will be more expensive than the Macro? I would expect the Macro to be (much?) more expensive: It is weathersealed, had a focus limiter. Just have a look at the recommended retail price of the FT 2/50 macro (949 EUR!)

      • Milo

        “recommended retail price”? I’ve always seen it on sale for <600 euro…And I bought it used for 350 euro.

      • Mar

        Directly from Olympus.
        75mm 1.8 will be more expensive, I don’t know by how much though.

        60mm macro won’t be too expensive IMO, maybe 100$/€ more than 45mm 1.8

        75mm 1.8 will probably cost around 200$/€ more.

        50mm macro for 43rds is 500$/€ and it’s f2.0, so I don’t think 60mm f2.8 will be more expensive.

        • Joel

          The 50mm macro for 4/3 is
          1) old so price has dropped
          2) a lens that grows in length when focusing unlike the new one
          3) NOT a true 1:1 macro lens..

          I am confident your 75/1.8 price estimate is accurate as compared to the 45/1.8, but I feel the macro will cost at least as much, if not more..

    • Voldenuit

      >I don’t get why 75mm 1.8 isn’t weather sealed.

      Because many people take macro shots in rain/mist/dew, but very few people take portrait shots in inclement weather?

  • Milt

    I’d like a black one.

    • That’s why I’m getting a silver OM-D.

      • ;-) i to think will have a silver OM-D.

  • Bob B.

    This is GREAT! I can’t wait to get my hands on the 75mm f/1.8. It looks sweet. If it is the same build quality as the 12mm that will be awesome.
    Admin….any word on price????????????

    This is just such a great, expanding system with so many bodies, lenses, price levels etc. to choose from and the flow appears to be increasing like the glacial melt!!!!………

    Hmmmm….we don’t have any third party manufacturers rushing to make lenses for the Nikon and Canon Mirrorless cameras…(I sense there will be a campaign mounted from those two manufacturers to get more of the share market here, eventually).

    • admin

      Not sure yet about price. I am asking my soruces right now….

  • Nathan

    I don’t mind third parties developing lenses for m43, but I wish they’d stick to APS-C and m43 image circles. There’s no point in a lens with a 35mm image circle mounted to a compact camera with a smaller sensor.
    As long as they can keep the lenses reasonably small, more power to them!

  • ShatteredSky

    YES, bring it on. That is, the 60 macro and the 12-35.


  • MP Burke

    If Olympus can get the macro lens out by early summer I will be very much tempted. Hopefully the focus limiters will help make AF more successful with insects. I’m sure it will be pretty expensive (£500+) though.

    • Ross

      I think you’re better off using MF for insects as a general rule, to get the focus point exactly where you want it, most importantly, the eyes. The narrow DoF in macro photos doesn’t leave much room to rely on Auto Focus (which is better suited to more distant subjects), but there are exceptions.

  • BLI

    Yippie! Ahem… I think an Olympus representative was quoted to say the 75/1.8 would come “in about two months”, and that was 1-2 weeks ago… hoping for before mid May.

    Price? I’m hoping for a price below €600… Don’t know exactly when it starts to hurt…

    • Expect it to be more expensive than the 12/2.

      • emde

        Why? Wideangle is normally more difficult to make than a medium telephoto prime. I hope for less than 2/12. Maybe 599 list price? :-)

        • Wides are a bit harder to design, true, but lenses aren’t priced that way. Come to think of it, nothing is priced that way.

          Look at it in this manner: products run in lines, with similar performance, appearance, and price. If you take as an example the SHG line, the 150/2 costs $2500 at B&H, while the 7-14/4 is $1800.

      • I like tele

        Why? Is 75mm f/1.8 for m43 more expensive in production than Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM for FF?

        • Conrad

          Yes. Because both Olympus and Panasonic want their lenses to perform well wide open.

      • BLI

        Well, but I wouldn’t say so to Olympus. And I think the 12/2 was too expensive at €790. And kind of pathetic that I got a free *Panasonic* lens pouch + m43 mount screw cover from the dealer…

  • BLI

    … and Tamron building a new factory in Vietnam (“lower salaries than in Thailand”…), specifically mentioning the m43 system.

    • JimD

      I look forward to seeing Tamron m43 glass. I hope they go the whole hog with full connection not just manual focus. It will take some time to get into gear as they only joined in January.

  • Brod1er

    If the 75mm is sub £400 I can’t justify the slower Panny f2.8 zoom. Panny will have to be sharp on price or improve the specs to persuade people. Both lenses are tempting, pricing will be the decider for me.

  • My name is 75mm. mZD 75mm f/1.8

    In my head I already have mZD 75/1.8 in my bag. Currently seeking every piece of credible news on my next lens -> mZD 150mm f/2.8 macro.
    It would be great if any of Oly employees send our admin some nice email… if 150mm is around dec.2012-march 2013 for me it means no Panny: either GH3 or zooms

  • The Other Chris

    Are they going to make weather sealed versions of their existing primes? Or are they going to go the zoom route, like they did with their 43 line?

  • brudney

    actually I don’t expect 75/1.8 to be MUCH more expensive than 45/1.8 (100 euro more?). The macro one on the other hand probably will cost AT LEAST as much as 12/2:)

    • hannes

      stop dreaming. the initial price is going to be >= €700 for sure

    • The 75mm is supposedly of similar build quality to the 20mm, not the cheap plastic 45mm. It will be very expensive.

  • CRB

    A BETTER revised 17mm from olympus?

    • Narretz

      They patented a better 17mm pancake. But not a faster one!

      • CRB

        lets hope they release it soon…

  • The Master

    I wonder who the idiot at Olympus is, that thinks everyone wants silver lenses? Who ever it is, they need to run, not walk, to the Emerald City and see if the Wizard will give them a brain.

    • Miroslav

      They saw large white lenses on big black cameras, so they thought they could give it a go, that their F2 and wider primes could be silver. Luckily, they didn’t pay attention to Pentax offerings ;).

      I’m waiting for black versions as well.

    • Olympus say it come a black version also.

      • BLI

        Eh — which one? The 75/1.8?

        • I think the is talk if 12mm and 45mm first, but i mean the black version of 17mm come ca one year after the silver version come, so we can hope on come later in year. ;-)

          • Duke

            Do you have a source for this. I am desperate for a black 45mm

            • Sorry i can not say this :-(, but i mean this is a of than answer on question, in a video cut. ;-)

    • Me

      Err… apart from the 45/1.8, every other Olympus lens is also available in black, isn’t it?

      Also, with your statement you imply that everyone wants black cameras, don’t you?

      • Duke

        Actually BLACK lenses look far better on the SILVER EM-5 that silver lenses.

        If you see the pictures of it with the 12-50mm black vs silver youll know what I mean.

        The silver lenses only really work on the silver pens.

        The “silver” EM-5 is actually mostly black afterall. The original OM series had a similar finish and obviously black was the only lens option at the time.

    • CRB

      I have to say that these silver ones look very appealing to me…of course, its a matter of taste….

  • Oriol

    Admin, can you ask your sources if they plan to launch the black versions of the 12mm, 45mm, and the 75 mm? Thanks!!

  • Fish

    These two lenses are the reason I am going without an E-M5 (this year). I think I am going to buy them both, and I will preorder the macro.

  • andrea

    does anybody the type of mechanical zoom the macro will have??

  • Alright,

    Due to the general request, I’ve updated the Lens Comparison Chart including the Panasonic 4 Thirds series and the 2 Cosina Nokton. As soon as I get a grip on the infos of the new Olympus Primes, I’ll update it again.

    Have fun with it :

    Jerome M.

  • Darn, more big lenses for small cameras.

    • Esa Tuunanen

      Don’t blame lenses for flaws of bodies.
      Laws of optics are still same what they were ten years ago or even in last year.

      • I didn’t even make an accusation. Small, different type of lenses will eventually be released. Now wasn’t the time yet.

    • 75mm looks to be real small for its FoV.

    • Nawaf

      Not that big at all. It’s a 75mm 1.8 with glass that should match the 12mm and 45mm. It isn’t that bad really.

  • Hopefully the 75mm would come with either a built in hood or at least a hood provided


    • Me

      That won’t ever happen, it’s Olympus! :D

  • Pixnat

    The 60mm macro, wow… It’s huge, but it could well be a dream come true for butterflies and insects macro shooter (photos AND video) : blazing fast AF, 4 positions focus limiter,1:1 ratio… really promising :-)

    • BLI

      Or perhaps the 75/1.8 is tiny :-).

  • emde

    Or perhaps two differently scaled pictures have been mounted (look at the mounts…) ;-)

    • Agent00soul

      They are definitely not to scale in the picture. The 75 is shown way too small.

  • Narretz

    When I got the 45mm 1.8, I was pleasently surprised how small it is. On the E-M5, the 75 1.8 should not be big at all. It should feel “right”.

  • Mar

    75mm 1.8 is not much bigger than 45mm 1.8, it’s about 1 cm wider overall and 1-2cm longer.

  • That 75mm looks gorgeous. I would like to see it on a chrome E-M5.

  • babbit

    Both of these lens look so yummy. I almost gave in to the NEX-7, but it’s lens like these that make M43 a much better overall system.

  • Meinhard Ragner

    900 eur for the 75

  • Even if the Pana lenses would have an excellent optical quality (first I want to see some tests) the zoom range is to limited for me. I need 12/14-54/60, 50-200 and another fast lens up to 300 mm. So, Olympus, give me fast zooms, please!

  • Very keen for the 60mm Macro!!!

    I wonder how much longer between these and the OM-D will be on the market?

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