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January 12, 2011

Now Even Beginners Can Enjoy the Full benefits of SLR System Photography

OLYMPUS PEN Accessories Launched

Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Masaharu Okubo) is pleased to announce that Olympus will be introducing a complete set of accessories for the OLYMPUS PEN series of "new generation system cameras". Supporting a wide range of specialized shooting techniques, these accessories bring a new level of flexibility to the PEN series. Release is scheduled for end of January 2011 concurrent with the launch of the company’s newest PEN series camera model, the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2.

With the launch of the OLYMPUS PEN E-P1 in July 2009, Olympus pioneered a new market segment, transforming the image of the digital SLR among compact camera users, who had previously been wary of upgrading due to perceptions of “heavy weight, bulky size and complicated operation”. Since then, Olympus has rapidly grown this market segment, offering consumers an ever-widening selection of PEN series models to choose from.

To add even more versatility to its PEN line-up, Olympus has put together an extensive selection of system accessories to complement its camera models. While previous SLR accessories such as lenses and external flashes have been oriented towards the advanced user as reflected in their high prices and difficult operation, Olympus’s new accessories are expected to lower the hurdles with more affordable prices and easier operation.

To begin with, Olympus will be introducing three types of Converter lens — Fisheye, Wide and Macro, which can be attached easily to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II standard zoom lens. These converter lenses allow the user to gain a new appreciation of photography by shifting perspectives and points of view easily and comfortably. Olympus also anticipates that these converters will stimulate interest in more advanced photographic techniques and encourage users to purchase interchangeable lenses.

The MAL-1 Macro Arm Light is a convenient lighting accessory ideal for use when shooting small subjects such as jewellery and miniatures. Since this light can illuminate the subject from various directions, it makes it possible to enhance the quality of small subject photography by eliminating unnecessary shadows or, alternatively, by adding shadows to enhance the reality of the subject. It is an ideal accessory for those who want to shoot beautiful pictures of small articles to be put up for auction or displayed on a blog.

The OLYMPUS PENPAL PP-1 Communication Unit is a revolutionary new product that makes it possible to share images with friends and family directly from the camera. When connected to the new Accessory Port 2 on the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2, the PENPAL can transfer pictures to a Bluetooth device such as a smart phone or to another camera with the OLYMPUS PENPAL installed. No downloading, uploading, or computer required. Instead, picture data can be transferred instantly, allowing users to share their latest pictures with anyone, anywhere, anytime. It is also ideal for the users who want to show beautiful pictures shot with PEN on their smart phones or upload pictures from their smart phones to blogs or SNS.

In addition, attractively styled straps and cases made of high-quality materials will also be offered. Users can select from a variety of designs and colors to complement their own sense of style. as desired to enhance the pleasure of going out with PEN carried on them.

For the adventurous, Olympus has developed the PT-EP03 Underwater Case. Designed to provide protection for the camera at depths up to 40 meters. Designed exclusively for use with the E-PL2 , it is smaller than the PT-EP01 Underwater Case for the E-PL1 (March 2010). The underwater white balance function incorporated in the E-PL2 makes it possible to shoot still images and movies with vivid color reproduction even without auxiliary lighting.

Olympus is committed to expanding the world of PEN by continuing to offer new and innovative accessories that make photography with OLYMPUS PEN easier and more fun.

FCON-P01 Fisheye Converter / WCON-P01 Wide Converter / MCON-P01 Macro Converter

Fisheye Converter FCON-P01 Wide Converter WCON-P01 Macro Converter MCON-P01

Fisheye Converter
FCON-P01

Wide Converter
WCON-P01

Macro Converter
MCON-P01
* MA-P01 Macro Adapter provided

These three converter lenses are optimized for use with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II, which is the standard zoom lens provided in the kits for the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2. All three models are attachment type lenses that can be attached to the lens front with a one-touch operation, allowing the user to get the same effects that are provided interchangeable lenses in an easier way.
The E-PL2 features new dedicated scene modes for each converter lens to make it even easier to shoot great pictures.

  • FCON-P01 Fisheye Converter

    When attached to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II lens (set to the wide-angle end of 14mm (75° angle of view)), this converter enables fisheye photography that offers an optimum deformation effect with an angle of view of 120°.
    The lens front can be approached as close as 7 cm (or 19 cm from the image sensor) to the subject.

    [Specifications: FCON-P01 Fisheye Converter]

    Master Lens M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II
    * It is recommended to use the master lens at 14mm wide-end of focal length.
    * Please put out a lens filter.
    Lens Construction 3 elements in 3 groups
    Magnification 0.74x
    Type Bayonet type
    Dimensions Diameter 62 x 38mm
    Weight 112g
    Note Lens Cap(LC-62C), Lens Rear Cap(LR-3), Instruction Manual

    [attached to M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II at 14mm wide-end of focal length]

    Focal Length 10.4mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 20.8mm)
    Angle of View 120 Degree
    Closest Focusing Distance
    (from image sensor)
    19cm
    Maximum Image Magnification 0.11x (35mm Equivalent Max.Image Magnification: 0.22x)
  • WCON-P01 Wide Converter

    When attached to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II lens (set to the wide-angle end of 14mm (equivalent to 28mm of 35mm cameras)), this converter makes it possible to shoot wide-angle pictures with a focal length of 11mm (equivalent to 22mm of 35mm cameras). It can be used to shoot many people in a group photo shot from a relatively close distance, for example in a party room. The converter can be used in shooting as close as 8 cm from the lens front (or 20 cm from the image sensor).

[Specifications: WCON-P01 Wide Converter]

Master Lens M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II
* It is recommended to use the master lens at 14mm wide-end of focal length.
* Please put out a lens filter.
Lens Construction 2 elements in 2 groups
Magnification 0.79x
Type Bayonet type
Dimensions Diameter 62 x 30.5mm
Weight 85g
Note Lens Cap(LC-62C), Lens Rear Cap(LR-3), Instruction Manual

[attached to M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II at 14mm wide-end of focal length]

Focal Length 11mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 22mm)
Angle of View 89 Degree
Closest Focusing Distance
(from image sensor)
20cm
Maximum Image Magnification 0.1x (35mm Equivalent Max.Image Magnification: 0.2x)
  • MCON-P01 Macro Converter

    When attached to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II lens (set to the telephoto end of 42mm (equivalent to 84mm of 35mm cameras)), this converter increases the maximum shooting magnification from 0.19X (equivalent to 0.38X of 35mm cameras) to 0.28X (equivalent to 0.56X of 35mm cameras). After magnification, the lens front can be approached to 13 cm (or 24 cm from the image sensor) from the subject.
    When the converter is combined with the optional MAL-1 Macro Arm Light, small subjects such as jewellery or miniature can be shot under beautiful lighting.
    When the MA-P01 Macro Adapter is removed from this converter, it can also be attached directly to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens or the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 high-magnification zoom lens for shooting magnified images of small subjects such as flowers or insects.

  • (*) When the converter is attached to a telephoto zoom or high-magnification zoom lens:
    ・ As the depth of focus is increased, it is recommended to shoot pictures with a smaller aperture value.
    ・ As the increase in the magnification tends to make the image unstable due to camera shake, it is recommended to use a tripod.

[Specifications: MCON-P01 Macro Converter]

Master Lens M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II
* Macro adapter MA-P01 is required.
* It is recommended to use the master lens at tele-end of focal length.
* Please put out a lens filter.
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6
* It is recommended to use the master lens at tele-end of focal length.
* It is recommended to settle a camera on a tripod.
* It is recommended to stop down the F number.
* Please put out a lens filter.
Focal Length 400mm
Lens Construction 1 element in 1 group
Type Bayonet type
Dimensions Diameter 69 x 15mm
Weight 23g
Note Lens Cap(LC-62C), Lens Rear Cap(LR-3), Macro Adapter (MA-P01)
Instruction Manual

[attached to M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II at 42mm tele-end of focal length]

* Enclosed macro adapter MA-P01 is required for attaching the MCON-P01
Closest Focusing Distance
(from image sensor)
24cm
Maximum Image Magnification 0.28x (35mm Equivalent Max.Image Magnification: 0.56x)
Shooting range 51-24cm

[attached to M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 at 150mm tele-end of focal length]

Closest Focusing Distance
(from image sensor)
42cm
Maximum Image Magnification 0.47x (35mm Equivalent Max.Image Magnification: 0.94x)
Shooting range 57-42cm

[attached to M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 at 150mm tele-end of focal length]

Closest Focusing Distance
(from image sensor)
35cm
Maximum Image Magnification 0.4x (35mm Equivalent Max.Image Magnification: 0.8x)
Shooting range 57-35cm

MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

MAL-1 Macro Arm Light Image of MAL-1 Macro Arm Light installed on OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2

MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

Image of MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
installed on OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2

The MAL-1 Macro Arm Light consists of LED lights and flexible arms that make it extremely useful in close-up shooting of small articles such as jewellery or miniature figurines that are going to be put up for auction, etc. It can be connected to the accessory port of the camera. No battery is required for the light because it is powered from the accessory port. Each flexible arm has a length of 17 cm and its direction can be adjusted freely, making it possible to eliminate unnecessary shadows or add shadows to enhance the reality of the subject. ON/OFF switching of the left and right lights and balance of intensity can be controlled from the switches on the MAL-1 body. The light is also ideal for use in close-up shooting using the combination of the MCON-P01 Macro Converter and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II lens.

OLYMPUS PENPAL PP-1 Communication Unit

Communication Unit OLYMPUS PENPAL PP-1 Image of OLYMPUS PENPAL PP-1 Communication Unit installed on OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2

Communication Unit
OLYMPUS PENPAL PP-1

Image of OLYMPUS PENPAL PP-1
Communication Unit installed on
OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2

The OLYMPUS PENPAL PP-1 is a revolutionary new product that makes it possible to share images with friends and family directly from the camera. When OLYMPUS PENPAL is connected to the Accessory Port 2*1 on back of the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2 camera, resized JPEG images (sizes: 640 x 480 (default), 1280 x 960 or 1920 x 1440 pixels) can be transferred easily to a Bluetooth device*2 such as a smart phone, or to another camera with OLYMPUS PENPAL installed. No downloading, uploading, or computer required. Instead, picture data can be transferred instantly, allowing users to share their latest pictures with anyone, anywhere, anytime. It is also convenient for users who want to upload pictures from their smart phones to blog to social media.
OLYMPUS PENPAL also features a built-in memory capable of storing more than 2,600 desired pictures (with the image size of 1920 x 1440 pixels) so the unit can also function as an album of favorite photos. Stored pictures can also be transferred.

*1 For the present, the OLYMPUS PENPAL PP-1 can be used with the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2 equipped with Accessory Port 2. It cannot be used with the E-P2, E-PL1 or E-PL1s.
*2 Only a device that can send or receive pictures in compliance with the BIP or OPP profile. Refer to the Olympus website for details.

CSS-S114 Shoulder Strap

CSS-S114 Shoulder Strap Image of CSS-S104 Shoulder Strap installed on OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2

CSS-S114 Shoulder Strap

Image of CSS-S104 Shoulder Strap
installed on OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2

The CSS-S114 is an attractive stylish strap intended for everyday use and targeted mainly at women. Made of high-class material and featuring a warm, natural design that complements the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2 or E-PL1, this strap can also be customized by attaching badges, buttons, or pins. The length is about 138 cm, which is the optimum length for a woman to sling the camera over the shoulder and across the chest.

CS-25FBC Genuine-Leather Front & Body Case

CS-25FBC Leather Front & Body Case

CS-25FBC Leather Front & Body Case

The CS-25FBC is a genuine leather full cover case for exclusive use with the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2. It can accommodate the camera with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II standard zoom lens, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6(L) standard zoom lens or M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 wide-angle zoom lens mounted on it. Designed to enable quick shooting without taking the camera out of the case, it provides reliable protection for the lens and camera body.

CS-14SF Soft Camera Case

CS-14SF Soft Camera Case (Beige) CS-14SF Soft Camera Case (Red) CS-14SF Soft Camera Case (Black)

CS-14SF Soft Camera Case
(Beige/Red/Black)

The CS-14SF is a compact soft case that can be used with any of the OLYMPUS PEN series cameras. The case can either be put in a bag or slung from the shoulder. It can accommodate the camera with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II standard zoom lens, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6(L) standard zoom lens, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 wide-angle zoom lens or M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f2.8 thin pancake lens mounted on it. The case opens at the top so the camera can be taken out quickly even when it is in a bag. The case has an inner pocket for storing a spare battery, lens cap, etc. This case provides practical protection against scratches and superficial damage.

CS-20SF Soft Camera Case

CS-20SF Soft Camera Case (Black) CS-20SF Soft Camera Case (Gray)

CS-20SF Soft Camera Case
(Black/Gray)

The CS-20SF is a basic soft case that can be used with any of the OLYMPUS PEN series cameras. It can accommodate the camera with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II standard zoom lens, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6(L) standard zoom lens, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 wide-angle zoom lens or M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f2.8 thin pancake lens mounted on it. It is designed to hold the camera and store the strap attached to the camera. A pocket for small articles such as a spare battery, lens cap, etc. is provided.

CBG-7 Camera Bag

CBG-7 Camera Bag CBG-7 Camera Bag

CBG-7 Camera Bag

The CBG-7 is a compact, lightweight camera bag that can be used with any of the OLYMPUS PEN series cameras. With a basic design that will never go out of date, it can accommodate any OLYMPUS PEN series camera with any lens mounted from the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f2.8 thin pancake lens to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens mounted. Inside, the bag has several multipurpose pockets (large one with flap x 1, small x 2). The large pocket can accommodate the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 lens or one set of the three converter lenses, while each small pocket can accommodate the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6, or the BCS-5 Lithium-Ion Battery Charger. In addition, an inner sub-pocket is provided for the cables or the MAL-1 Macro Arm Light, and an outside pocket is provided for maps and other documents. When the side zipper is opened, the whole bag can be laid out flat, which is very convenient for packing.

CBG-6 Rucksack

CBG-6 Rucksack

CBG-6 Rucksack

The CBG-6BLK is a compact, lightweight rucksack type camera bag that can be used with any of the OLYMPUS PEN series cameras. It is compact and lightweight, and has an orthodox design common to rucksacks. It can accommodate a camera with one of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f2.8, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6(L) and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 lenses plus up to four M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses. Using the mobile partitions inside, the backpack can store any four of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f2.8, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6(L), M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 lenses. The partitions are provided with cushions to protect the camera, lenses and accessories, keeping them safe even during transportation. The backpack has a large opening for putting the camera in and taking it out, as well as side pockets for extra storage capacity for items such as a cell phone or purse. Side mesh pockets are provided for drink bottles.

CS-26 Premium Genuine-Leather Lens Case

CS-26 Premium Genuine-Leather Lens Case

CS-26 Premium Genuine-Leather Lens Case

The CS-26 is a cylinder-shaped lens case designed to reflect the high-definition, high-quality image of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses. Featuring high-quality genuine leather embossed with “OLYMPUS PEN” logo, this case exudes class. The internal surface of the case is covered with a cushioning material to protect the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6(L), M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 lens or M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f2.8

CS-21 Lens Case L / CS-22 Lens Case M

CS-21 Lens Case L / CS-22 Lens Case M

CS-21 Lens Case L / CS-22 Lens Case M

The CS-21 and CS-22 are soft type lens cases for M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses. These cases are available in two sizes including the L and M types. The L-type CS-21 can accommodate the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6(L), M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 lenses, while the M-type CS-22 can accommodate the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6(L), M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f2.8 lens. Each case is capable of protecting the lenses even during transportation in a bag, and the provided carbine hook allows the case to be hung using a strap or from a bag.

CS-24 Soft Case

CS-24 Soft Case

CS-24 Soft Case

The CS-24 is a dedicated lens case that can accommodate all three of the newly launched converter lenses — the FCON-P01 Fisheye Converter, WCON-P01 Wide Converter and MCON-P01 Macro Converter. Partitions are provided between the converter lens compartments to make it easy to take out the desired converter.

CS-23 Mini Case

CS-23 Mini Case

CS-23 Mini Case

The CS-23 is a soft case with a lovely round design, optimized for storing small accessories. It is ideal for storing small accessories such as the new OLYMPUS PENPAL PP-1 Communication Unit, VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder or VF-1 Optical Viewfinder as well as lens caps. It is designed based on the same image as the CS-21BLK and CS-22BLK lens cases so a look of unity is obtained when used together. A carbine hook is provided to allow the case to be hung using a strap or from a bag.

CS-27 Quilted Cushion Case

CS-27 Quilted Cushion Case

CS-27 Quilted Cushion Case

The CS-27 is a bag-shaped case with a quilt design that is very convenient for accommodating the camera and lens and carrying it in the user’s favorite bag. The case uses an easy-to-open/close Velcro plane fastener that can be fastened at the desired position according to the size of the camera and lens. It can accommodate any of the OLYMPUS PEN series cameras together with a lens as large as the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 or M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 mounted on it. The case can also be used to store the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 lens alone. The compact design and flexible size allows the case to be carried in a bag without causing bulkiness.

PT-EP03 Underwater Case

PT-EP03 Underwater Case

PT-EP03 Underwater Case

The PT-EP03 is the genuine underwater case for exclusive use with the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2. It can create a powerful underwater photography system capable of withstanding water pressure at depths up to 40 meters. Noticeably more compact than the PT-EP01 Underwater Case (March 2010) for the OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL1, this case benefits from the compact, lightweight advantage of the Micro Four Thirds System standard, with a height about 20 mm less than its predecessor.
Since the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2 incorporates an underwater white balance function that detects the underwater hue (color balance), which varies due to various factors such as the depth, weather and seawater condition, and compensates for the image automatically, it is easy to shoot bright underwater pictures with vivid colors. Whether they are still images or movies. the resulting pictures are free of the bluish color cast common in underwater shooting. In addition, the case can be used on land as well as underwater so troublesome white balance setting adjustment is not necessary before and after diving.
In addition, the PT-EP03 is equipped with a 2-flash compatible optical connector so that the UFL-2 Underwater Flash can be controlled optically.

Main Specifications of PT-EP03 Underwater Case

Product Name PT-EP03
Applicable model OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL2
Withstanding pressure Max. underwater depth 40 meters
Waterproofing mechanism O-ring lateral clamping
Main materials Body: Polycarbonate resin
Lens port: Polycarbonate resin + Multi-coated optical glass
Size Width 180 mm
Height 135.5 mm
Depth 166.5 mm
Weight Approx. 1080 grams

Other main optional accessories

Product Name
Macro Lens Adapter PMLA-EP01
Zoom Gear PPZR-EP02
Anti-Reflection Ring POSR-EP03
O-ring POL-EP03
Port Cover PJKT-EP03
Mesh Bag
(Black/Blue/Orange)PMBG-03

PMBG-03 Mesh Bag

PMBG-03 Mesh Bag (Black) PMBG-03 Mesh Bag (Blue) PMBG-03 Mesh Bag (Orange)

PMBG-03 Mesh Bag (Black/Blue/Orange)

The PMBG-03 mesh bag is optimized for carrying an underwater photography system based on OLYMPUS PEN. Three colors including black, blue and orange are available.
The bag features a shoulder strap and is made of neoprene material with a mesh bottom so it can accommodate wet equipment and be washed with water. The bag is large enough to store the entire PEN underwater photography system (max. weight 4 kg).

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