Feb 17, 2005

Olympus announces three new 4:3 lenses

Olympus has today announced the development of three new Zuiko Digital Four Thirds lenses compatible with the E-system. The first two are the wideangle Zuiko Digital ED 28 - 70 mm and telephoto zoom Zuiko Digital ED 70 - 200 mm lens, which are said to be the only interchangeable lenses to offer the world's first fixed aperture of F2.0 across the entire zoom range. The third new lens designed to appeal to sports and nature photographers is the Zuiko Digital ED 180 - 500 mm. All lenses are dust and splash proof and use Super ED or ED glass elements to minimize chromatic aberration. These three new lenses will be available in Fall 2005. The Zuiko Digital ED 14-28mm F4.0 lens will be available next month.

LONDON 17th February 2005 Olympus is today announcing the development of three new FourThirds standard, professional-grade interchangeable lenses for the Olympus E-System. Each of the lenses boasts exceptionally wide, fixed apertures and photographers can look forward to shooting with increased versatility and efficiency.

The ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-35mm (35mm equiv: 28-70mm) 1:2.0 and ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 35-100mm (35mm equiv: 70-200mm) 1:2.0? are understood to be the world’s first? fully interchangeable lenses to feature an aperture of 1:2.0 across their entire zooming range. These two lenses give photographers the freedom to apply a 1:2.0 aperture from a wide-angle focal length of 14mm (35mm equiv: 28mm) to telephoto 100mm (35mm equiv: 200mm).

The ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 90-250mm (35mm equiv: 180-500mm) 1:2.8 also provides high brightness right up to its ultra-telephoto extreme focal length of 250mm (35mm equiv: 500mm). The power of the lens will make it especially attractive to exponents of sports or nature photography where fast framing is often necessary.

Together with the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm (35mm equiv: 14-28mm) 1:4.0 lens, due to arrive in March 2005, Olympus will soon offer a comprehensive range of fixed-aperture zoom lenses to meet professional specifications, extending from an ultra-wide-angle 7mm (35mm equiv: 14mm) to ultra-telephoto 250mm (35mm equiv: 38-114mm).
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