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Olympus' XZ-1 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Imaging America Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Game-changing Olympus XZ-1 gets tele conversion lens - Accessories boost high-quality magnification by 1.7x

Olympus launches powerful conversion lens for flagship compact

Hamburg, 1 September 2011 -- Olympus’ red dot design and TIPA award-winning XZ-1 compact camera just got even better, with the launch of a powerful and bright new tele conversion lens and adapter. The TCON-17X adds outstanding magnification and flexibility to the flagship digital compact’s already impressive optical talents, with no loss of lens speed. The TCON-17X tele conversion lens is available for €169 and the CLA-12 adapter for €49, both from September 2011.

With the XZ-1 set to maximum telephoto, the new TCON-17X tele conversion lens lets you get 1.7 times closer, with a 1:2.5 F-number. Unlike with lesser lenses, it doesn ’t affect the trademark luminance of the i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens that comes with the XZ-1. The required CLA-12 adapter also makes it possible to attach a 55mm filter.

The XZ-1 comes in a matt black or white lacquered body with a large 3-inch OLED screen and costs €449.

TCON-17X main features:

  • Outstanding 1.7x magnification

  • Weight: approx. 280g

  • Length: approx. 77.5mm

  • Maximum diameter: 80.9mm

  • Focal length (with XZ-1): 190mm*

  • F-number: 1:2.5 at maximum telephoto

  • Minimum focusing distance: 3m

  • Attachable to XZ-1 using CLA-12 adapter

CLA-12 main features:

  • Weight: approx. 50g

  • Length: approx. 41.45mm

  • Maximum diameter: 58mm

  • Attachment dimension: 46.5mm

  • Filter size: 55mm

  • Attaches TCON-17X to XZ-1

  • Also attaches 55mm filter to XZ-1

* 35mm equivalent.

For a full list of specifications, please go to www.olympus.co.uk

(First posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 at 11:28 EDT)

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