OM Digital Solutions has just launched the first lens under its new brand, ‘OM SYSTEM’ which replaces the legacy Olympus branding. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO is billed as a high-performing, fast and lightweight (247g / 8.7oz) prime lens for Micro Four Thirds, offering a standard ‘normal’ focal length of 40mm equivalent. Like previous F1.2 PRO lenses, the new 20mm is designed to deliver what the company calls ‘feathered bokeh’ when shot wide open.

Despite its small size (the 20mm F1.4 takes up roughly the same space in a camera bag as the compact M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro) there’s a lot of glass inside: 11 elements in 10 groups, including three ED (extra low-dispersion) elements, one ‘Super ED’ element, two super HR (high-refractive) elements and two aspherical elements. OM Digital Solutions claims that the design is optimized for ‘high resolution functions’ like High Res Shot mode.

As we’ve come to expect from previous ‘Pro’ branded M.Zuiko lenses, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 is extensively sealed against dust and moisture.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO lens will be available from end of December 2021 at an MSRP of $799.99/ CAD $999.99.

Press release:

Introducing the Compact, Lightweight, High-Resolution, Single-Focal-Length M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO Lens

Bethlehem, PA, November 4, 2021 – OM Digital Solutions Americas, Inc. is pleased to announce the M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO (35mm equivalent: 40mm) lens. This Micro Four Thirds System standard compliant lens delivers both beautiful feathered bokeh and the outstanding resolution and performance the M.Zuiko PRO series is known for. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO lens will be available from the end of December 2021. This compact, lightweight, and high-performance single-focal-length lens utilizes the natural perspective of the 40mm equivalent* angle of view for a versatile shooting experience, from landscapes to portraits and snapshots. This lens is the first product to feature the recently announced “OM SYSTEM” brand logo.

Compact, lightweight PRO lens featuring beautiful feathered bokeh
Outstanding resolution unique to M.Zuiko PRO lenses: The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO lens features an 11-element, 10-group lens configuration consisting of Super ED, ED, Super HR, and aspherical lenses arranged to provide sharp imaging from the center to the farthest corners of the frame. This high-resolution lens makes the most out of camera performance, producing high image quality when using such functions as High Res Shot mode. ZERO coating is used to reduce lens flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.

Feathered bokeh: Using the knowhow gained in the development of the M.Zuiko PRO F1.2 series, feathered bokeh transitions the in-focus to the out-of-focus area of the images, creating smoother background bokeh, thus allowing the subject in focus to stand out beautifully. To accomplish this, an aberration measurement instrument is used to calculate defocusing at the aberration level, allowing the lens to create a beautiful, softly blurring bokeh effect while maintaining high resolution.

Compact, lightweight design with a maximum aperture of F1.4: The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO lens remains compact and lightweight at just 247 grams with a bright maximum aperture of F1.4. When paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III, the system is compact and lightweight at approximately 661 grams**, for mobility that enables nimble shooting.

Comfortable and stress-free shooting in a variety of circumstances
Highly reliable dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof construction (to 14 °F): Sealed throughout, this lens offers industry leading IPX1 equivalent splashproof performance. It also features a dustproof and freezeproof construction to 14 °F, and pairing it with a dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof camera body makes it possible to continue shooting in punishing environments, such as rain and snow, with peace of mind. Fluorine coating on the front-most lens allows for water droplets to roll off and for dirt to be cleaned off easily.

High-speed, high-precision Autofocus: Superb optical design and lens processing technologies are used to design a lighter focusing lens, enabling faster, more accurate autofocus, allowing users to enjoy stress-free, high-speed, high-precision AF shooting.

A variety of expression for any genre
Close-up shooting to make the most of feathered bokeh: The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO lens is designed for amazing close-up shooting performance with a closest focusing distance of 25 cm and a maximum image magnification of 0.22x*.

An angle of view that balances natural perspective with bokeh effects: The 40mm equivalent angle of view is slightly wider than that of standard lenses, providing a natural sense of perspective and beautiful, feathered bokeh effects. This unique angle of view is perfect for landscapes, portraits, and snapshots.

Availability & pricing:

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO lens will be available from end of December 2021 at an MSRP of $799.99 (US) / $999.99 (CAD).

Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at https://getolympus.com/us/en/lenses/m-zuiko-20mm-f1-4-pro.html for specifications and more information.

* 35 mm equivalent
** The weight of the OM-D E-M5 Mark III is for the camera body only.
*** Recommended Retail Price
**** Six months on top of the statutory warranty in the country of purchase

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size FourThirds
Focal length 20 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum aperture F1.4
Minimum aperture F16
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes Circular aperture diaphragm
Optics
Elements 11
Groups 10
Special elements / coatings 1 x Super ED, 3 ED, 2 Super HR, 2 Aspherical
Focus
Minimum focus 0.25 m (9.84)
Maximum magnification 0.11×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual No
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Physical
Weight 247 g (0.54 lb)
Diameter 63 mm (2.5)
Length 62 mm (2.43)
Sealing Yes
Filter thread 58 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code LH-61G
Tripod collar No

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