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January 17, 2002
* This news release is only for the Japanese market.
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. (President: Tsuyoshi Kikukawa) has terminated sales of the "OM-3Ti" and "OM-4 Ti BLACK" bodies for its "OM series" of 35 mm single lens reflex cameras. The company continues to manufacture lenses and accessories for the OM System and they will remain on sale until the end of March 2003.
Olympus launched the original "OM-1" in 1972 and in the subsequent years has developed and sold numerous "OM System" lenses and accessories. However, nearly 30 years after the basic designs were completed, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find stable supplies of parts for the camera system. This has made it impossible to continue to keep the system on the market. Olympus has therefore decided to terminate sales of the OM System. It will, however, continue to manufacture lenses and accessories, which will be available for current users who wish to purchase them until the end of March 2003. As heretofore, Olympus will provide the after sales service for its products (see below).
The imaging technologies developed for the OM System during its long years of popularity will continue to be utilized in new forms in other Olympus imaging products, and Olympus will continue to be a powerful force in the promotion of new imaging and photographic cultures, as it was with the OM System.
After sales service for the OM System
Body, lens, flash
Olympus will maintain spare functional parts for approximately 10 years after the end of production. Production has already concluded for some lens and flash products. Contact your local service station for details.
Other accessories
Olympus will maintain spare functional parts for other accessories, but time periods differ from part to part. Production has already concluded for some accessory products. Contact your local service station for details.
Products which will be continued to manufacture until the end of March 2003
Zuiko 21mm F3.5, Zuiko 24mm F2.8, Zuiko 35mm F2.0, Zuiko 35mm F2.8, Zuiko 50mm F1.2, Zuiko 50mm F1.8, Zuiko 85mm F2.0, Zuiko 100mm F2.0, Zuiko Macro 50mm F2.0, Zuiko Macro 90mm F2.0, Zuiko Macro 20mm F2.0, Zuiko Macro 38mm F2.8
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*Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. was changed to OLYMPUS CORPORATION as of October 1, 2003.
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