Olympus has announced what it calls the world’s smallest and lightest 600mm equivalent telephoto lens in the shape of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7. Weighing 430 grams, the Micro Four Thirds system lens' 18 element, 13 group design utilizes two Extraordinary Dispersion (ED) and 3 High Refractive (HR) glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration. It promises fast and silent focusing for recording movies. The lens will be available in black and silver from December 2010 for €899.

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Award-winning lens system for PEN sets minimisation benchmark
New Olympus lens world’s smallest 600mm telephoto*: M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7

Hamburg, 14 September 2010 – Olympus’ revolutionary PEN camera range has yet another first to its name: the world’s smallest and lightest* 600mm telephoto lens. The new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED
75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 lens enhances Olympus’ award-winning Micro Four Thirds lens system with an extraordinarily quick-focusing, compact telephoto lens that delivers excellent portability and outstanding image quality – for HD movies and stills. The new lens will be available in black and silver from December 2010 for €899.

The speed, compact size (70 x 116mm) and light weight of the tiny telephoto lens makes it convenient to carry – and easy to capture naturally expressive close-ups of children’s faces, animals and landscape features. Its power and precision let users zoom right in on details they would otherwise miss, for example, the Statue of Liberty’s face shot from the ground. The new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm is also ideal for recording HD movies. It features Olympus’ near-silent focusing technology to eliminate the whir that can otherwise ruin movie playback on a High Definition TV.

* Relative to lenses with comparable focal length, as of August 2010. The focal length of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 is equivalent to a 600mm focal length lens for the 35mm film standard.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 lens specifications

Focal length 75-300mm
35mm equivalent focal length 150-600mm
Diagonal angle of view 16°- 4.1°
Maximum aperture F4.8-6.7
Minimum aperture F22
Lens Construction • 18 elements / 13 groups
• 2 ED element
• 3 HR lenses
Number of diaphragm blades 7, rounded
Minimum focus 0.9m
Maximum magnification 0.18x
AF system High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
Filter thread 58mm
Weight 430g
Dimensions 70mm diameter x 116mm length
Lens Mount Four Thirds

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