Olympus is expanding its lens offerings to include a new telezoom: the M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS. Offering an impressive 200-800mm equivalent range, the lens is dust- and splash-proof and weighs 1120g (2.5lb).

It’s compatible with Olympus’ 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters and supports focus stacking with newer OM-D bodies. Minimum focus distance is 1.3m (4.3ft) through the entire zoom range. The 100-400mm accepts 72mm filters and uses the company’s ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating to reduce flare and ghosting. Built-in image stabilization is rated to three stops.

The Olympus 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS is scheduled to ship on September 8, 2020 and will sell for $1500.

Press release

INTRODUCING THE OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS LENS

A Superior Compact, Lightweight Super telephoto Zoom Lens Offering 200-800mm Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)

Center Valley, PA, August 4, 2020 – Olympus® is pleased to announce the M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f5.0-6.3 IS lens, an ultra-compact, lightweight super-telephoto zoom lens that covers a broad telephoto focal length of 200-800mm equivalent1 and is compliant with the Micro Four Thirds® System standard. This lens features the same dustproof and splashproof performance as the M.Zuiko PRO lens series, and when paired with the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20, delivers up to 1600mm equivalent1 super telephoto shooting. This lens offers superior autofocus performance, even handheld, and in-lens image stabilization for the optimal shooting experience.

Compact, Lightweight Design
Despite being a 200-800mm equivalent super telephoto zoom lens, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f5.0-6.3 IS lens is compact and lightweight, with a length of 205.7 mm, a weight of 1,120 g6 and a filter diameter of 72 mm. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f5.0-6.3 IS lens is capable of 200-800mm equivalent1 telephoto shooting on its own, which can be further extended when paired with the optional (sold separately) M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14 or the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20, for up to 1600mm equivalent1, making it possible to zoom in close on subjects that are difficult to approach, such as birds and wildlife, and delivering flattening effects for shooting that is unique to a super telephoto lens. The closest focusing distance across the entire zoom range is 1.3m and the maximum image magnification is 0.57x1, allowing superb telemacro performance when photographing small subjects such as insects and flowers. Focus Stacking2 is also supported. This feature captures multiple shots at different focal positions and automatically composites a single photo with a large depth of field that is in focus from the foreground to background.

Focal length
35mm equivalent

Aperture value

Max Image Magnification
35mm equivalent

M. Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS 200-800mm
(100-400mm)
F5.0-F6.3 X0.57
(X0.29)
With 1.4x Teleconverter
MC-14
280mm-1,120mm
(140mm-560mm)
F7.1-F9.0 X0.81
(X0.4)
With 2.0x Teleconverter
MC-20
400mm-1600mm
(200mm-800mm)
F10-F13 X1.15
(X0.57)

Superb Performance
The optical system of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f5.0-6.3 IS lens features a combination of four ED lenses3 for suppressing color bleeding, two Super HR lenses4, and two HR lenses5 for bright, clear depictive performance to the edges of the image across the entire zoom range. ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) Coating is used to reduce ghosting and flaring, for clear image quality, even in poor, backlit conditions. Extensive hermetic sealing on the entire lens barrel delivers the same high level of dustproof and splashproof performance as the M.Zuiko PRO series for peace of mind when shooting in any environment.

Superior Autofocus
A rear focus system is employed to drive this lightweight focusing lens, for fast, high-precision autofocus performance. This lens is also equipped with four functional switches, designed to support handheld shooting, including a Focus Limiter switch for AF operation selection, ranging between three levels, according to the focusing distance, allowing for quick focusing and comfortable shooting, even in the super telephoto range. In-lens image stabilization on/off delivers stable handheld super telephoto shooting, an AF/MF switch and a zoom locking switch.

Pricing, Availability & Specifications
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400 f5.0-6.3 IS lens will be available for $1,499.99 (U.S.)/$2,199.99 (CAD). To pre-order, visit a participating local authorized retailer, or www.getolympus.com. Shipping will begin September 8, 2020. Please visit the website for detailed product specifications: https://www.getolympus.com/lenses/m-zuiko-digital-ed-100-400mm-f5-0-6-3-is.html.

1 35mm equivalent
2 Please see the Olympus website for compatible cameras
3 Extra-low Dispersion lens
4 Super High Refractive Index lens
5 High Refractive Index lens
6 Excluding tripod base plate, lens cap, lens rear cap, and lens hood

Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size FourThirds
Focal length 100–400 mm
Image stabilization Yes
CIPA Image stabilization rating 3 stop(s)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum aperture F5–6.3
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Optics
Elements 21
Groups 15
Special elements / coatings 4 ED, 2 Super HR, 2 HR elements
Focus
Minimum focus 0.17 m (6.69)
Maximum magnification 0.57×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Linear Motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter Yes
Physical
Weight 1120 g (2.47 lb)
Diameter 86 mm (3.39)
Length 206 mm (8.11)
Materials Magnesium alloy
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 72 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar Yes

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