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Olympus launches Zuiko Digital 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 II

Nov 5, 2008 at 05:01 GMT

Alongside the E-30, Olympus has released the Zuiko Digital 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 II lens; successor to the Zuiko Digital 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5. The new lens has been redesigned to offer compatibility with the 'High-speed imager AF' system included in recent Four Thirds DSLRs. The lens is a 3x zoom, equivalent to 28-108mm on 35mm format.

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New ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 II with full contrast AF

London, 5 November 2008 – When it comes to sharp, high-contrast imaging, the new Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 II (28-108mm)* takes the success of its popular predecessor, the ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5, to a new dimension.

Featuring High-Speed Imager AF to enable maximum creative freedom, a circular aperture mechanism for higher imaging performance and a minimum focusing distance of just 22cm, the Four Thirds based Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 II (28-108mm) will become available in mid-January 2009.

Harness the synergies of high image quality and creative flexibility with the latest addition to Olympus’ family of top-performing lenses: the ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 II (28-108mm)*. As with the entire ZUIKO DIGITAL range, this new lens is precision-engineered to maximise the performance potential of D-SLR image sensors.

This bright and flexible new zoom lens guarantees superior quality and boasts a circular aperture diaphragm to smooth out the soft focus look that is a key advantage of large-aperture lens design.

Developed as a successor to the ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 – a favourite with advanced amateur and professional users – the new ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-54mm 1:2.8–3.5 II boasts High-Speed Imager AF support to bring joy to creative photographers everywhere.

In combination with the brand new Olympus E-30 D-SLR, the new lens’ High-Speed Imager AF lets photographers preview the E-30’s new Art Filter effects in real-time with the convenience of a compact digital camera – thanks to Live View.

Compact size, high image quality, and the clarity of 1:2.8 brightness were achieved by the optimal arrangement of 3 aspherical lens elements and 4 cemented lens elements. The result is a new benchmark for sharpness and contrast, with minimal distortion for superior imaging performance over the entire zoom range.

The new lens uses a floating internal focus mechanism to focus, with excellent imaging performance from infinity right down to its minimum focusing distance. Exhibiting minimal aberration even at extremely close range, it has a minimum focusing distance of just 22cm for all focal lengths.

And no matter what the conditions, its exterior joints are sealed to provide splash and dustproof standards high enough to withstand the rigorous demands of professional use.

With its versatile zoom range, the ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 II is an ideal choice for a wide range of shooting situations. For creative effect, photographers can enjoy the exaggerated perspectives that are the hallmark of wide angle shooting.

And when it comes to capturing stunning details, the new lens packs sufficient telephoto power to zoom right in for close-ups of the main subject.

The ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 II (28-108mm) will become available in mid-January 2009.

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ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 II (28-108mm) lens specifications

Maximum format size Four Thirds
Focal length 14-54mm
35mm equivalent focal length 28-108mm
Diagonal angle of view 75°- 23 °
Maximum aperture F2.8-3.5
Minimum aperture F22
Lens Construction

• 15 elements/ 11 groups
• 3 Aspherical elements

Number of diaphragm blades

7, rounded

Minimum focus 0.22m
Maximum magnification

0.52x

Focus method Floating & Internal focus
Image stabilization

No

Filter thread 67 mm
Supplied accessories

Front and rear caps
• Lens hood LH-70D
• Lens Case

Weight 440 g
Dimensions 75mm diameter x 89mm length
Lens Mount Four Thirds