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September 28, 2004
Olympus E-System“Designed for Digital”
Interchangeable SLR Cameras
Olympus Announces The Zuiko Digital 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 Lens,
The Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5 Lens
and The FL-36 External Electronic Flash-Superb Cost Performance
Zuiko Digital 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 Lens Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5 Lens FL-36 External Electronic Flash
Zuiko Digital
14-45mm F3.5-5.6 Lens
Zuiko Digital
40-150mm F3.5-4.5 Lens
FL-36 External
Electronic Flash
The information contained in this news release applies only to the Japanese market.
Summary
Olympus Corporation (President: Tsuyoshi Kikukawa)is proud to announce three new products for use with the Olympus E-System digital SLR camera system, which complies with the Four Thirds System and was developed for use with “Designed for Digital” interchangeable lenses. The Zuiko Digital 14~45mm F3.5~5.6 Lens and the Zuiko Digital 40~150mm F3.5~4.5 Lens both offer superb cost performance.
The new Zuiko Digital 14~45mm (28-90mm) F3.5~5.6 Lens and the Zuiko Digital 40~150mm (80-300mm) F3.5~4.5 Lens are the latest additions to the Zuiko Digital range of lenses for use with the Olympus “Designed for Digital” E-System interchangeable lens SLR cameras. These products comply with the Four Thirds System and were developed to provide optimal image quality with digital photography. The new lenses offer excellent cost performance. Superior cost performance is also a feature of the new FL-36 Electronic Flash. These new Olympus E-system products will be introduced to coincide with the launch of the economically priced E-300 SLR Digital Camera.
Note: Figures in parentheses indicate equivalent focal lengths for a 35mm film camera lens.
Product Features
Zuiko Digital 14-45mm F3.5-5.6
This compact, lightweight standard zoom lens covers the focal distances most commonly used in normal photography, from wide-angle to short-tele -angle. It offers superb cost performance, and because it was designed specifically for use with digital cameras, it also provides excellent image quality. It is ideal not only for first-time SLR digital camera users, but also for advanced users in need of a lens for day-to-day use.
Compact, lightweight “Designed for Digital” standard zoom lens providing the equivalent of a 28-90mm focal length on a 35mm film camera
Providing the equivalent of a 28-90mm focal length range on a 35mm film camera, this compact, lightweight 3.2x standard zoom lens covers the zoom range most frequently used in normal photography. Because it was designed specifically for use with digital cameras, it also provides extremely good image quality all the way out to the periphery of the image. At around 285g, this product is the perfect everyday lens for the photographer on the move.
Ultra-High-Refraction Glass and Dual Aspherical Lens Elements
In the optical system, Olympus has used glass with a refraction index in excess of 1.9 to provide excellent correction of spherical aberration. The combination of an ultra-high-refraction glass lens element with a low-dispersion glass lens element ensures excellent image quality with superior resolution and contrast by effectively eliminating chromatic aberration in the medium-angle range. The use of dual aspherical lens elements significantly reduces distortion, spherical aberration and coma aberration.
Multi-Coating to Reduce Ghosting and Flaring
Ghosting and flaring have been minimized through the use of a special multi-coating process.
Advanced “Floating” Mechanism
The focusing system features a newly developed “floating” mechanism that ensures excellent image quality at all ranges from infinity to extreme close-up. Close-up shooting at a distance of 38cm is possible across the entire focusing range.
Dependable Metal Mount
This product can be used with confidence thanks to its extremely robust and durable metal lens mount.
Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5
This compact, lightweight telephoto zoom lens provides easy access to advanced telephoto effects. Its focal length ranges from the equivalent of 80mm (short-tele) to the equivalent of 300mm on a 35mm film camera. This product offers excellent cost performance, and because it was designed specifically for use with digital cameras, it also provides excellent image quality. It is ideal not only for first-time digital SLR camera users, but also for advanced users who need a telephoto zoom lens that can also be used as a general-purpose lens. By using this product in combination with the Zuiko Digital 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 lenses, which will be released at the same time, users will be able to cover the equivalent of a 28-300mm range on a 35mm film camera.
Compact, Lightweight “Designed for Digital” Telephoto Zoom Lens with a Range Equivalent to 80-300mm on a 35mm Film Camera
In terms of equivalent focal distances on a 35mm film camera, this compact, lightweight F3.8 zoom lens covers a range from 80mm short-tele-angle shots up to powerful 300mm telephoto shots. And because it was designed specifically for use with digital cameras, it also provides extremely good image quality all the way out to the periphery of the image. Weighing around 425g, it is light enough for use as an everyday lens for the photographer on the move.
F3.5-4.5 Telephoto Zoom Lens with Excellent Brightness
The excellent brightness of this F3.5-4.5 telephoto zoom lens means that it provides easy access to a full range of advanced telephoto lens effects for a wide range of photography, including shots with background fading or compressed perspective, as well as portraits and sports scenes.
Multi-Coating to Reduce Ghosting and Flaring
Ghosting and flaring have been minimized through the use of a special multi-coating process.
Dependable Metal Mount
This product can be used with confidence thanks to its extremely robust and durable metal lens mount.
FL-36 Electronic Flash Unit
Olympus has responded to user demand by further enhancing its range of flash units. This middle-range external flash unit joins two products that are already on sale: the compact, lightweight FL-20, and the full-spec FL-50. Designed specifically for use with digital cameras, the FL-36 combines superb cost performance with features similar to those on the professional-use FL-50 unit.
Compact, Lightweight Design for Optimal Portability
Charging efficiency has been improved through the use of a newly developed energy-saving circuit. The FL-36 provides excellent charging and flashing performance with just two AA batteries. The unit also features advanced high-density circuit boards for control and charging. In addition, Olympus has added a newly designed compact zoom head with support for the equivalent of a 24-85mm range on a 35mm film camera (16mm, 20mm when the wide panel is used). These innovations have allowed Olympus to create compact, lightweight unit with about 75% of the height and 65% of the weight (when using AA batteries) of the FL-50.
Designed Specifically for Digital Cameras
The FL-36 provides the precise lighting adjustment needed for digital photography. Intensity can be controlled in 1/8EV steps. Designed specifically for use with digital cameras, it minimizes the decline in light intensity at the periphery of the image.
High Guide Number Even with Wide-Angle Diffusion
The FL-36 was developed specifically for use with digital cameras. Compared with flash units on single-lenses film cameras, it maintains a high guide number even with wide-angle diffusion. The power of this unit becomes apparent when it is used with a wide-angle lens on a digital SLR camera.
Lockable Bounce Mechanism
With lateral as well as vertical bounce, this unit supports a variety of bounce effects.
Dual Lighting in Conjunction with Built-in Flash
By mounting the FL-36 on the hot shoe of the E-300 digital SLR camera, it is possible to operate the unit in tandem with the camera’s built-in flash unit. The built-in flash can then be used to create bounce shots with catch-lights in the pupils of the eyes.
Principal Specifications
Zuiko Digital 14-45mm F3.5-5.6
Focal Length 14-45 mm (equivalent to 28-90 mm on a 35 mm film camera)
Lens construction 12 Elements in 10 Groups, including 2 Aspherical Lens Elements
Angle of View 75 deg.-27 deg.
Closest Focusing Distance 0.38 m-infinity
Maximum Image Magnification 0.16x (equivalent to 0.32x on a 35 mm film camera)
Closest object field 107 x 80 mm
Number of Blades 7
Maximum Aperture f 3.5 (14 mm)- f 5.6 (45 mm)
Minimum Aperture f 22
Filter Size 58 mm
Dimensions Diameter 71.0 x 86.5 mm
Weight 285g
Lens Hood (Included) LH-61
Lens Cap (Included) LC-58B (58 mm)
Note: Can be used with EC-14 Teleconverter and EX-25 Extension Tube (manual focusing possible with EC-14).
Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5
Focal Length 40-150 mm (equivalent to 80-300 mm on a 35 mm film camera)
Lens construction 13 Elements in 10 Groups
Angle of View 30 deg.-8.2 deg.
Closest Focusing Distance 1.5 m-infinity
Maximum Image Magnification 0.12x (equivalent to 0.24x on a 35mm film camera)
Closest object field 140 x 105 mm
Number of Blades 7
Maximum Aperture f 3.5 (40 mm)- f 4.5 (150 mm)
Minimum Aperture f 22
Filter Size 58 mm
Dimensions Diameter 77 x 107 mm
Weight 425 g
Lens Hood (Included) LH-61B
Lens Cap (Included) LC-58B (58 mm)
Note: Can be used with EC-14 Teleconverter and EX-25 Extension Tube (manual focusing possible with EC-14).
FL-36 Electronic Flash Unit
Guide number Automatic switching 36 at 42 mm, 20 at 12 mm (with ISO100 film)
Firing angle Automatic switching At 12mm (equivalent to 24 mm on 35 mm film camera):
Up-down 62 deg., left-right 78 deg. (covering 12 mm lens)
At 42 mm (equivalent to 85 mm on 35 mm film camera):
Up-down 21 deg., left-right 28 deg. (covering 42 mm lens)
Up to 8 mm (equivalent to 16 mm on 35 mm film camera) with wide panel (included)
Flash modes TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual
Bounce angles Up: 0-90 deg., down: 7.5 deg., left: 0-90 deg., right: 0-180 deg.
Power supply AA (LR6) alkaline batteries x 2
AA (FP6) lithium batteries x 2
AA (ZR6) Ni-Mn batteries x 2
3V lithium battery pack (LB-01) (CR-V3) x 1
AA Oxyride batteries x 2
AA Ni-MH batteries x 2
Dimensions 109mm H x 65mm W x 95mm D
Mass 270g (excluding batteries)
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