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Olympus unveils Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 lens

Olympus announces the Zuiko Digital ED 14-42 mm F3.5-5.6 lens, a new zoom lens specially designed for Four-Thirds-System digital SLR cameras. This new standard lens has a compact design and weighs a mere 190 grams, reducing the photographer's burden when shooting in the field and improving mobility. The versatile 3x standard zoom lens covers a focus range equivalent to 28-84 mm on a 35 mm film camera, the range typically used in most photographic situations. The new lens will be available by the end of April...

PRESS SUMMARY

View all Olympus interchangeable lensesOlympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the “ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6” lens, a new “Designed-for-Digital” standard zoom lens for “Four-Thirds System” digital SLR cameras. The new lens is scheduled to go on sale in Japan at the end of April, 2007.

“ZUIKO DIGITAL” interchangeable lenses are specifically designed to maximize the performance potential of the image sensors in “Four-Thirds System” digital SLR cameras. Newly announced “ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5–5.6” lens is a lightweight, ultra-compact standard zoom lens that offers outstanding value.

“ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5–5.6” is the lightest (190g) and smallest lens in its class*, and boasts the closest focusing distance (0.25m). Its zooming range frequently used in normal shooting is equivalent to 28–84mm on a 35mm camera, and its “Four-Thirds System” design assures outstanding portability that makes interchangeable lens photography easier.

*  As an interchangeable standard zoom lens on digital specific design (as of 5th March, 2007; Olympus research)

ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm main features:

- Lightweight, ultra-compact design
The new standard lens has a compact design that perfectly complements the compact, lightweight camera body. The lens weighs a mere 190 grams, reducing the photographer's burden when shooting in the field and improving mobility. The versatile 3x standard zoom lens covers a focus range equivalent to 28-84 mm on a 35 mm film camera, the range typically used in most photographic situations.

- Excellent close-focusing capability
The internal focusing system does not vary the overall length during focusing. Quasi-macro photographing with the closest focusing distance of 25 centimeters is available across the entire zoom range.
- Superior imaging characteristics

ED and HR (high refractive index) glass elements are combined to correct the chromatic aberration as well as field curvature and variation distortion due to zooming. Two double-face aspherical lenses provide a correction effect that maintains sharp, high-contrast imaging performance from edge to edge in any shooting situation. Other advanced technologies to support high image quality include multi-coating to minimize ghost and flares under backlight shooting and a circular aperture diaphragm that can achieve a natural looking soft blur effect.

- Excellent operability
The filter mount is not rotary to prevent rotation of the PL filter during focusing. This ensures photographs can be taken even in situations that might normally require a PL filter.

Additional information: View all Olympus interchangeable lenses
March 5, 2007
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