Olympus Announce 3 New Zuiko Digital Lenses
April 14, 2005

On February 17, 2005, Olympus announced 3 new Zuiko Digital lenses for the E-System. However, the lenses were so new, images were not available. Until now anyway. Here are some sneak preview images of the 3 new Olympus lenses.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 90-250mm f/2.8

The Olympus Zuiko Digital 90-250mm f/2.8, is the 35mm equivalent of a 180-500mm constant-aperture f/2.8 zoom lens. Currently, there are no 35mm lenses in this range and especially this constant aperture rating.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 35-100mm f/2.0

The Olympus Zuiko Digital 35-100mm f/2.0, is the 35mm equivalent of a 70-200mm constant-aperture f/2.0 zoom lens. Currently, there are no lenses in this range either for 35mm film and DSLRs. I must say, I'm really impressed with the 35-100 design. I've used both the Nikon AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8 and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, and my first impressions are Olympus has created a superior quality competitor. Olympus is most likely working on their own version of "Image Stabilization" or "Vibration Reduction", and this addition to their current high-quality lenses, especially the 35-100mm, would make the major brand owners take a second look at an Olympus system.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-35mm f/2.0

And the third lens is the Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-35mm f/2.0, which is the 35mm equivalent of a 28-70mm constant-aperture f/2.0 zoom lens. Currently, there are no lenses in this range either for 35mm film and DSLRs.

Overall, Olympus has come a long way with their lens selection, and it has improved over the years since the E-1 was first available to Four-Thirds buyers. However, Olympus must come out with an 8MP or higher professional DSLR. All other camera manufacturers have introduced double-digit megapixel cameras, and Olympus should be with them.

Recommended Websites On The Olympus E-System

I only have a select few of people I recommend, and Andrzej ("Un-jay") Wrotniak is one of the leaders of Olympus equipment reviews. He takes a lot of time going over Olympus cameras, and is very thorough. The E-300 is no exception. Please visit the Olympus E-300, a Technical Review page for much more info on the E-300.

Jón Ragnarsson's FourThirds Website and Blog is a great place to visit for the latest scoop on Olympus E-System cameras and lenses. Recently noticed was the E-500, the most inexpensive Olympus DSLR yet. He also has several images of Olympus E-System lenses.

Other websites I recommend are:

Olympus (Germany)

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