It looks like fans of the micro four thirds circle are finally getting a super wide and super fast native lens, which is a big deal for Panasonic GH4 fans. Olympus has announced an 8mm f/1.8, which translates to a 16mm f/1.8 on the micro four thirds sensor. That’s a really great focal length for use with a MoVI, Ronin or Glidecam, and should provide an excellent field of view for filmmakers aiming to show a lot of a scene. The f/1.8 aperture is also going to be super useful in low light, as the ISO performance of the micro four thirds sensor still isn’t great.

As with other lenses in the PRO series, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO features a dustproof and splashproof construction, enabling high-quality image capture in all weather conditions. A dedicated underwater lens port is also under development, allowing users to capture wide-angle images at depths of up to147 ft. (45 meters).

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm f:1.8 Fisheye PRO Lens

Lens Features:

  • Diagonal 180° Angle of View: stand still and look straight ahead. Now look to your left and right and imagine being able to capture a photograph that presents this panoramic perspective. The M.Zuiko PRO 8mm fisheye, with a full 180° view, allows you to do just that.
  • World’s First Dust, Splash and Freeze-proof 8mm f1.8 Fisheye Lens: with weather-sealing in five separate locations, you’re the only one who has to worry about rain, wind and dirt and it’s even freezeproof down to 14°F (-10°C).
  • Excellent optical performance for star photography: The sophisticated, performance-proven design of the The M.Zuiko 8mm f1.8 FisheyePRO’s lens architecture (17 elements in 15 groups) dramatically reduces chromatic and comatic aberration.
  • Zuiko Extra-Low Reflection Optical Coating
  • Bright f1.8 aperture
  • Dynamic macro shooting achieved with excellent close-up performance

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm f:1.8 Fisheye PRO Lens Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm f:1.8 Fisheye PRO Lens

The lens is now available for pre-order for $999, which is a pretty good price as long as it doesn’t have too crazy distortion or sharpness issues at the corners. Given Olympus’s current tear of excellent equipment, I have pretty high hopes.