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Photokina 2016: Olympus announces the PEN E-PL8, alongside three new lenses

By Bryan Chan - on 20 Sep 2016, 2:27pm

Photokina 2016: Olympus announces the PEN E-PL8, alongside three new lenses

Photokina 2016 is currently ongoing in Cologne, Germany, and Olympus is announcing several new lenses, including the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4 IS PRO, M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO, and M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro. There's also a new Micro Four Thirds system camera, the PEN E-PL8.

PEN E-PL8

Though simplicity is the name of the game with the PEN E-PL8, this camera is anything but. It has a 16MP sensor, a standard ISO of 200 to 25,600 (expandable to 100), in-body image stabilization, and shoots in both JPEG and RAW.

As with most modern cameras, the E-PL8 has an LCD display that's touch sensitive, and can be titled 180 degrees downwards for selfies. It's also worth mentioning that when the screen is tilted this way, the camera enters Selfie Mode, which puts a number of the camera's features like the shutter button, timer, and more on the display.

 

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4 IS PRO

Compact, lightweight and highly versatile, this lens has a 5-axis sync image stabilization system, which offers up to 6.5 shutter speed steps of stabilization. Apart from that, it has a minimum focusing distance of 1.5cm.

In terms of construction, there are 17 elements in 11 groups, with Dual Super Aspherical, ED, and Super HR lenses to minimize aberrations and offer image quality of the highest standards. It's also dust- and drip-proof.

 

M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO

Dust-, splash- and freeze-proof, this lens isn't only resilient, it has a large aperture of f/1.2, making it a great option for photography in dim situations. This lens has a nine-blade diaphragm, which allows for a smooth rendering of bokeh.

 

M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro

Those of you who prefer to get up close and personal with your subjects, this lens will likely appeal to you. It has a maximum magnification of 2.5x (35mm equivalent), which is the highest in its class. It has a minimum focusing distance of 95mm, giving you plenty of close up opportunities!