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Early this morning Olympus announced the arrival of its newest lens: the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 (the 35mm equivalent to a 24-400mm). The lens is compatible with the Olympus OM-D camera body, has a 16.6x zoom, and will offer shooters the highest magnification currently available on an ILC mirrorless system.

Like most of Olympus products, the lens is dustproof and splashproof, making it a great option for shooters who spend their time outdoors. The lens will have a close focusing distance of 8.7 inches when shooting wide. While shooting telephoto it will have a maximum magnification of 0.46x for close-up shots.

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens
The lens will have a close focusing distance of 8.7 inches when shooting wide and a maximum magnification of 0.46x for close-up shots. Olympus

Here is what else we know about it

  • 16 elements in 11 groups: three aspherical elements, two Super ED elements, two ED elements, one Super HR element, and two HR elements.
  • High-speed Imager AF focusing system
  • 84 – 6.2 degrees angle of view
  • Seven circular aperture blades
  • Minimum aperture of f/22
  • Dimensions of 77.5 x 99.7 mm
  • Weights: 1 pound
  • Available March 2019 for $899

Although the lens will come with a lens hood, lens cap, rear cap, and case, Olympus is selling a few additional accessories for these lens.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens
The lens will be available March 2019 for $899. Olympus

These separately available accessories include a Lens Cap with a 72mm filter diameter which can be attached and removed without removing the hood. A LH-76B Lens Hood, a 72mm Protection Filter with blacked glass edges to suppress flares and ghosting, and a larger Lens Case that will allow the lens to be stored with its cap, hood, and protection filter in place.

If you are shooting with the Olympus OM-D body, this seems like it would be a great addition to your kit.

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