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Ilse Jurriën : October 17th 2007 - 16:40 CET

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm SWD lens


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OlympusOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD lens : Olympus released, next to its new E-3 DSLR camera, three new Zuiko Digital lenses and a tele converter. Among them is the Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD lens. This 100% digital-specific optic incorporates Olympus’ new Supersonic Wave Drive technology, to provide ultra-fast, whisper-quiet auto focus (AF) speed, and offer several impressive distinctions. Two compact SWD devices power auto focus at a very high speed by exciting unique elliptical oscillations. The compact 5.3mm x 4.3mm optical encoder detects and controls the lens drive position using direct rotation detection without reduction gear. This enables it to achieve a level of precision that’s accurate to 5 microns.
Zuiko 12-60mm

Olympus Zuiko standard zoom lens
The Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD is a high-performance standard zoom lens, covering a zoom range equivalent of 24mm to 120mm on a 35mm camera lens. Various types of aberrations are being corrected by the use of special optical glass elements. The 100% digital design ensures crystal clear, crisp images from edge to edge. In addition, this Olympus Zuiko lens boasts impressive close-up shooting capability, allowing users to shoot from as close as 25cm throughout the zoom range.

Olympus SWD Auto focus system
The lens’ auto focus employs Olympus’ SWD technology. This breakthrough auto focus drive provides high precision and high speed while operating with lower noise than ever before. The Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm lens has been optimized for use with the new Oly E-3 and enables the camera to demonstrate its true high speed capabilities; providing world's fastest auto focus using a standard zoom lens!

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Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm SWD lens
John Knaur, senior marketing manager, digital SLR, Olympus Imaging America Inc stated: "With the new SWD lenses, we’ve got outstanding glass to match the high quality performance of our flagship E-3 digital SLR. In testing, the Auto focus speed of the 12-60mm has proven to be the fastest in the world. This lens, in combination with the other introductions will fulfill many photographer’s focal length needs."

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED f2.8-4.0 SWD
When using the Zuiko ED 12-60mm SWD lens in combination with the new Olympus E-3, which offers improved AF computation and lens-body communication rates, the SWD motors provide fast focusing speed of approximately 170 ms (0.17 seconds). The new Zuiko Digital SWD lens will be manufactured at the Olympus Tatsuno Plant in Japan, which is equipped with state-of-the-art production technology in the field of optical equipment. The Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD will be available in November 2007, at an estimated retail price of $999.99.

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Zuiko 12-60mm SWD - Specifications
• Supersonic Wave Drive AF system
• 5x zoom
• 25cm closest focusing distance
• Mechanical manual focusing
• Circular aperture diaphragm
• Extreme wide angle capabilities from 12mm (24mm)
• Splashproof





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