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February 18, 2005
Interchangeable Lenses for Olympus E-System “Designed for Digital” SLRs

Development of ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-35mm F2.0, ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 35-100mm F2.0 and ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 90-250mm F2.8 Lenses
World’s First Fixed-Type Large-Aperture F2.0 Zoom Lenses*
Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Hiroshi Komiya) is pleased to announce the development of three new "Designed for Digital" interchangeable fixed-type large-aperture zoom lenses for use with the Olympus E-System digital SLR camera system. The ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-35mm (28-70mm) F2.0 Lens, the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 35-100mm (70-200mm) F2.0 Lens and the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 90-250mm (180-500mm) F2.8 Super Telephoto Lens all comply with the Four Thirds System. They are due to go on sale progressively in the fall of 2005.
Together with the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm (14-28mm) F4.0 Lens due for release in March 2005, the three new lenses will create a new line up of fixed-aperture zoom lenses designed to deliver optimal image quality with digital photography. These products meet professional specifications and cover a broad range of focal lengths, from ultra-wide (7mm (14mm)) to super-telephoto (250mm (500mm)).
The ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-35mm F2.0 and the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 35-100mm F2.0 lenses take full advantage of the advanced features of the Four Thirds System and are the first lenses in the world* to provide F2.0 brightness over the full zoom range. In combination, these two lenses will give photographers the freedom to use the F2.0 aperture over focal lengths ranging from wide-angle (14mm (28mm)) to telephoto (100mm (200mm)). For their optical systems, the two lenses have Super ED or ED lens elements designed to minimize chromatic aberration at F2.0 and deliver images with optimal resolution and contrast. They will open up a new dimension of photographic versatility made possible by F2.0 brightness. The ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 90-250mm F2.8 Lens features an aperture of F2.8 over its entire super-telephoto focal length of 250mm (500mm). With this lens the user can instantly obtain optimal framing, an important advantage for sports and nature photography, where positioning for shots is often subject to constraints. This lens uses ED lens elements for its optical system, eliminating chromatic aberration to the maximum possible extent at F2.8 for optimal resolution and contrast. All three lenses will feature a circular aperture diaphragm that will allow the photographer to take wide-aperture shots with just the right amount of background blurring. For reliable performance under the severe conditions in which many professional photographers work, the lens will also be designed to provide excellent resistance to splashing and dust.
* Among interchangeable lenses for SLRs. As of February 18, 2005.
  Note: Figures in parentheses indicate equivalent focal lengths for a 35mm film camera lens.
*The imaging systems business of Olympus Corporation was reorganized as a separate company, Olympus Imaging Corporation, as of October 1, 2004.
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