OM Digital Launches the M.Zuiko 20mm f/1.4 Pro Lens

OM Digital launched the M.Zuiko Digital ED20mm f/1.4 Pro lens, its first product since the Olympus name was dropped. OM Digital claims it will deliver stunning bokeh and resolution on the Micro Four Thirds system (M43).

The new OM System logo is now on the 20mm f/1.4 lens. It has an equivalent aperture of 40mm with a 35mm full-frame camera. OM Digital claims that the prime lens is lightweight, compact, and highly-performant. It can be used for landscapes as well as portraits.

The lens has an 11-element, 10-group design configuration. It consists of three ED, three ED and two Super HR. OM Digital claims that the lenses will produce sharp images from the center to the corners. The company claims the lens can resolve at high resolutions. It will also make the most of any camera’s performance, even photos taken in High Res Shot mode. OM Digital applied the ZERO coating to the optics, which it claims will reduce flare and ghosting and increase contrast and color fidelity even under difficult lighting conditions.

It employs a nine-bladed aperture dial to create what OM Digital calls “feathered bokeh”, which is a transition between in-focus and outside-of-focus elements. According to OM Digital, this means that photographers can expect a smooth background with contrasty subject. OM Digital claims that this was possible by using an aberration measurement tool. It calculates the aberration level and allows the lens to create beautiful blurred bokeh effects while still maintaining high resolution.

The lens is small and light, weighing in at 247g (8.7 ounces), despite its wide-opening f/1.4 aperture. The system totals 661g (or 23.3 ounces) when it is paired up with the Olympus OM–D E-M5 Mark III. The M.Zuiko 20mm f/1.4 Pro lens, as is the case with Olympus products, now also from OM Digital, has what the company calls a “highly reliable level” of dust, splash and freeze resistance (down down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit).

OM Digital claims that the lens is compatible with the MSC autofocus system, but doesn’t specify which motor it uses. OM Digital claims that the lens provides fast and accurate autofocus under a wide range of conditions, regardless if it is a linear or stepping motor.

Here are some sample images taken with the new lens.

M.Zuiko Digital ED20mm f/1.4 Pro lenses will be available beginning December 31st for $800