M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 lens

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In addition to announcing a trio of new PEN micro four-thirds cameras today, Olympus also unleashed two prime lenses, a flash, and a grip designed specially for the PEN E-P3.

The primes are the M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 lens (24mm equivalent) and M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 lens (90mm equivalent). The 12mm wide-angle has a street price of $799.99, and is available immediately. It boasts a high-speed autofocus system (no doubt supported even further by the E-P3’s fast focusing) and has a snap ring with distance indicator, a definite help for manual adjustments.


The 45mm prime isn’t quite as hard on the pocket, with a recommended price of $399.99. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a little while to grab this low-light portrait-length prime, as it’s not due to hit until September. Like the wide-angle, it has Olympus’ movie & still compatible (MSC) focusing system, which Olympus claims is fast and silent enough to use even while recording video.


The new flash is the FL-300R, available now for $169.99, can function either as a bounce flash the hot-shoe of your PEN, or as a wireless strobe. If you have either of the three new PEN cameras, they can wirelessly control the FL-300R, allowing you to move it off camera, and use it in addition to the on-camera pop-up flash.

Finally, there’s the MCG-2 Exchangeable Camera Grip, a $19.99 grip designed specifically for the PEN E-P3, available in black or beige.