First bit of good news is to that Olympus is still with us. There has been much news of doom and gloom about the future of the company.
Now for the other good news and that is the introduction of a fast F1.8 lens. I love the Micro four thirds system but it really lacks lenses that make is easy to use in low light. This should do very nicely. It's 34mm equivalent field of view should make is ideal as a walk around lens. It also looks fabulous.
The Olympus New 17mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Lens for their Micro Four Thirds Cameras Is HereOlympus has just introduced a new M.Zuiko lens for their Digital PEN and OM-D Micro Four Thirds camera lines, the M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8. This very bright lens gives a 34mm equivalent focal view, with a fast maximum aperture for great low-light abilities and pleasing bokeh effect. I frankly hate this term but it's fashionable. This lens is not only brighter than their original 17mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko lens, but it also has their unique Snapshot Focus mechanism, which allows for easy pan focusing with a built-in distance indicator. Being a mFT lens, it is also compatible with Panasonic's G-series of mFT cameras.
There are three aspherical lens elements, including a Dual Super Aspherical element and a high Refractive index lens to help reduce aberrations. The lens is then treated with Olympus' ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating) lens coating that should eliminate ghosting and lens flare.