Super-wide-angle (equivalent to 18-36 mm of 35 mm lenses) zoom lens with ultra compact and lightweight design: The Olympus ZUIKO
Digital-dedicated interchangeable lens compliant with the Four Thirds System standard
Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Masaharu Okubo) has today announced the Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6. The super-wide-angle zoom lens fully compliant with the Four Thirds System standard for digital SLR cameras is scheduled for release by the end of 2008.
Based on the Four Thirds System standard, Olympus ZUIKO Digital lenses are built upon a digital-dedicated design platform that maximises the performance of the high-performance image sensors used by digital SLRs. The newly announced Olympus ZUIKO Digital ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 – which will join Olympus’ Standard series* of lenses, is a super-wide-angle zoom lens covering a wide focusing range equivalent to 18-36 mm in 35-mm camera format.
Until now, super-wide-angle lenses tended to be big, heavy, and expensive, making it difficult for most photographers to take advantage of them. The newly announced Olympus ZUIKO Digital ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 promises to change all of this. Utilising a Dual Super Aspherical (DSA) lens design available only with the Four Thirds System, this lens is highly portable, making super-wide-angle photography easier and more affordable. Despite its compact size – it’s just 73 mm long and weighs a mere 280 grams** – this lens boasts a long focusing range equivalent to 18-36 mm in 35-mm format.
No manufacturer has yet released a zoom lens in the super-wide-angle domain that has both a focal distance equivalent to less than 20 mm on a 35-mm camera lens and a built-in image stabilisation mechanism. However, when used with an Olympus digital SLR camera body with a built-in image stabilizer such as the E-3 (released in November 2007), the E-510 (released in June 2007) or the newly announced E-520, the Olympus ZUIKO Digital ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 enables super-wide-angle handheld shooting at a focal distance equivalent to 18 mm on a 35-mm camera lens without using a tripod, even at night. And with any one of these combinations, photographers will also enjoy the benefits of the Live View shooting function, which makes it possible to create compositions using unique and unusual perspectives that are difficult to obtain with conventional viewfinders.
* The Olympus ZUIKO Digital lens series is comprised of three product ranges:
1. The Standard series, offering cost efficiency and reduced size and weight
2. The Pro series, offering high performance with advanced features including splash- and dust-proof design
3. The Super Pro series, featuring professional specifications to deliver the superior imaging requirements of top pro photographers
** Specifications may be subject to change without prior notice.
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