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Olympus Announces 8mm Fisheye Lens

Captures images of 180 degrees

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Olympus has introduced the digital-specific Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F3.5 Full Frame Fisheye lens for its E-System Digital SLR cameras. Designed to render sharp edge-to-edge photos, the lens captures wide-angle images of 180"? and features super-close capacity with a minimum of just 0.79 in. from lens front to subject, and a focus length of 5.3 in.

Additional lens features include: an ED lens element to minimize chromatic aberration; a multicoating process to reduce ghosting and flaring; a circular aperture diaphragm for soft defocusing of background; and sealed exterior for protection against dust and water.

The lens can also be used underwater, in conjunction with the Evolt E-300, the PT-EO1 underwater housing, and PPO-EO4 lens port, and can be used at depths down to 196 ft. Price: $799.95; shipping Jan. 2006.

Olympus also has announced the Stylus 800, specifically designed to capture images in both low and bright light settings. The 8-Mpxl camera offers Bright Capture Technology for low-light photography; HyperCrystal LCD for high-contrast viewing; a metal, all-weather construction for protection from the elements; 19 automatic preset scene modes; and manual exposure and aperture settings.

The Stylus 800 utilizes Olympus' TruePic Turbo image processor for enhanced image quality, fast processing speeds for quick startups (less than 1 sec), shutter release, and playback. Price: $449.99; shipping now. (Olympus Imaging America: www.olympusamerica.com)

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