Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Olympus have just unveiled 2 new fast prime lenses for the micro four third format. The 12mm f2 and the 45mm f1.8, these lenses are made with the Olympus PEN cameras but you can be sure they will make their way into Panasonic AF101 camera bags

  • M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 lens: This high-speed, single-focal-length, wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting high-quality, dramatic landscapes and street scenes in low-light conditions. It has a beautiful full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator.
  • M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 lens: This single-focal-length portrait lens has a beautiful shallow depth of field which allows for background blurring effects that are not possible with the 14-42mm kit zoom lens. The MSC mechanism is great for tracking a moving child or pet, and provides a quick and silent focus mechanism for movies and still photography.

These two lenses join the new movie & still compatible (MSC) ED m14-42mm II R f3.5/5.6 zoom lens (28mm-84mm equivalent) which comes standard with the new PEN kit as well as the M. Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm II R f4.0-5.6 lens, an extremely light, wide-zoom range with a 35mm equivalent to 80-300mm lens that offers versatility and portability.




Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

5 thoughts on “Two new mFT Prime lenses from Olympus

  1. Thanks for this review. I have gone ahead and bought the Olympus 12mm for my new AF101, both just delivered! I would be grateful if you could help with two queries: when screwing on the lens, there is no click, as suggested by AF101 instructions – it seems very stiff. Did you have the same experience when testing the lens? Also, have bought MTF Nikon to MFT adaptor for Nikon lenses. Is it customary for MTF to ship its adaptors with no box or documentation (all I got was a plastic bag and bubblewrap!).

  2. Hey Phil,
    Just a quick lens question for you…Was on a shoot yesterday with the AF 101 and had an array of rented Nikon glass with me.They were old Nikon lenses with the iris ring them-used the mtf adaptor and everything worked fine once i turned off the lens check in the menu.However i brought along my 50mm 1.4 G lens with me and when i put the lens on it was way underexposed.I tried to adjust the iris dial on the camera but get an error message saying invalid…does this mean even though i get a picture from the G lens that these lenses aren’t in fact compatible with the camera?
    Cheers and keep up the great reviews,very informative and subjective!


  3. On the MTF adapter you have control of the iris on the newer Nikon lenses via a wee metal arm that sticks out. You have no control over any lenses via the camera accept Panasonic mFT lenses.
    I suspect your G lens was attached wrong or that you attached it knocking the metal iris arm causing the under exposure.

  4. Thanks for the response Phil…
    On the mtf adaptor i got with the camera there is no metal arm on it,just the metal clip for putting on and taking off the lenses.The blue ring turns but has no effect on the iris…

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