Olympus has announced that they are developing an 8mm f1.8 fisheye lens for their micro 4/3 system cameras. It will offer the equivalent to a 16mm FOV on a 35mmm camera and the company is developing a lens port that will allow it top be used with the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II and its associated PT-EP13 housing.
The lens is due for release in summer 2015 and prices are TBA.
OLYMPUS ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8MM F1.8 FISHEYE PRO LENS
16mm Focal Length (35mm Equivalent), Dustproof, Splashproof, Dedicated Underwater Lens Port
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 5, 2015 Olympus announces the development of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO lens. This high-performance wide-angle lens conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System standard and offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 16mm. As with other lenses in the PRO series, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO features a dustproof and splashproof construction, enabling high-quality image capture in all weather conditions. A dedicated underwater lens port is also under development, allowing users to capture wide-angle images at depths of up to 147 ft. (45 meters) when paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and PT-EP13 protective case.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO lens is scheduled for availability in Summer 2015. Pricing is to be announced.