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Apart from announcing the E-520 DSLR, Olympus also announced a new lens. The Olympus Zuiko Digital 18-36mm equivalent (ED 9-18mm Four Thirds) f4.0-f5.6, is a super-wide-angle zoom lens that is compatible with any of the Olympus E-System bodies.
The lens measures only 3 inches long and weighs a mere 9.88 ounces. The Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f.4.0-f5.6 will be available in the fall of 2008. The estimated street price will be $599.99.
"Affordable super wide-angle lenses with equivalent focal lengths less than 20mm have not been widely available in digital SLR photography," said John Knaur, senior marketing manager – DSLR, Olympus Imaging America Inc. "Pairing this lens or any of the other Zuiko digital lenses with the new E-520, and its in-body image stabilization, provides a combination ideal for lower light shots like a fountain at night. This combination offers image stabilization for a super wide-angle zoom not found in camera systems with in-lens stabilization."
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