Go macro with the Olympus 30mm f/3.5

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro boasts a magnification of 2.5x and a closest focusing distance of 9.5cm. The lens is available to buy now priced at £249.99. For further details read the official Olympus press release below:

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro prime lens sets new standards for magnification and focus distance

The most powerful and closest* macro lens in its class

The macro category for compact system cameras has its new benchmark prime lens: the lightweight M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro, which boasts the most powerful* magnification (2.5x**) as well as a closest focusing distance of just 9.5cm. At this distance, ambitious hobby photographers can expand their creative repertoire to include fascinating details of the natural world that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. Another crucial feature for would-be nature specialists is the lens’ near-silent focus mechanism and lightweight design, which in tests improved AF response by 20-30% compared to conventional macro lenses – a potentially decisive advantage for OM-D and PEN owners shooting on the fly. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro lens will be available with immediate effect, from photokina 2016, for £249.99

The new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro lens slots into Olympus’ Premium range between two super-bright stablemates: the 25mm 1:1.8 standard lens and the 45mm 1:1.8, which is designed for portrait photography. Remarkably, its optical performance matches both. It delivers beautiful, circular bokeh with virtually none of the distortion that affects lesser lenses in the 1:3.5 macro category. Reproduction of this quality is rare at extreme magnifications, especially in a fast-focussing, compact macro lens. An added bonus is compatibility with the Focus Bracketing feature on selected Olympus cameras, which automatically captures several versions of one macro with different focus settings, so you can choose the best.

Of course, the underwater world is a rich source of subjects for macro enthusiasts and the new lens is compatible with Olympus’ growing range of underwater accessories. In addition to watertight housings for a variety of camera sizes, divers can add an anti-reflective ring and a dedicated Focusing Gear for manual adjustments underwater.

Every Olympus lens and camera comes with a free six-month warranty extension*** when registered via the MyOlympus online platform.

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm* 1:3.5 Macro Premium lens Main Features:

> Highly portable Micro Four Thirds prime lens with category-best* 2.5x** magnification and minimum focus distance of 9.5cm

> Exceptional macro image detail with exquisite circular bokeh with minimal distortion, even at max. magnification

> Extremely fast and near-silent AF for split-second photo ops with fleeting natural subjects

> Ideal for spontaneous handheld close-ups

> Focal length: 30mm

> Aperture: 3.5

> Min. focusing distance: 9.5cm

> Max. magnification: 2.5x**

> 7 lens elements in 6 groups

> Diameter: 57mm

> Depth: 60mm

> Weight: 128g

> Filter size: 46mm

> Image Stabilization: In-body


> The PT series of underwater housings, for spectacular macro shooting with OM-D and PEN camera models at depths up to 45 metres

> Focusing Gear (PRZR-EP07), for manual adjustment of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro lens focus in an underwater housing

> Anti-reflective Ring (POSR-EP11), for underwater macro photography of the very highest quality

Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website for the latest specifications.

* As of May 2016 among Micro Four Thirds macro prime lenses on the market, and using Olympus’s in-house test conditions.

** 35mm equivalent.

*** Six months on top of the statutory warranty in the country of purchase.

For more information visit the Olympus website.