Photographers looking for a new camera system should seriously consider Olympus, especially those that specialize in travel or whose whose shoulders are throbbing as Olympus builds one of the most compact camera systems in the world which can deliver professional output.
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Takachiho Seisakusho was the Olympus founding name back in 1919, and they started creating microscopes and thermometers. The In 1921 Olympus name was registered as a trademark, and in 1936 that brand name was used on its very first camera, which carried the name Semi-Olympus I. The company was rebadged Olympus Optical 1n 1949.Olympus is currently the largest Four-Thirds lens maker using the Zuiko name; these lenses are recognized for their compact design and their great optical quality.
Olympus makes no attempt to overwhelm photographers by using obscure acronyms. Moreover Olympus does not add fancy German labels on lenses that they conceive and manufacture. The lens page on Olympus America
website simply refers to lenses as "standard", "high grade", and "super high grade".
"ED" is a common name for a glass that's extra-low dispersion, which is a more costly but higher-quality glass which minimizes color fringing and chromatic aberration. All but the cheapest of Olympus lenses feature a minimum of one ED lens element.
"Super ED" is, presumed to be, a newer more effectual edition of "ED", glass which cuts down on chromatic aberration and color fringing. Olympus does not exactly make clear as to what this means to any more extent than Nancy Pellosi explains Obama health Care
"SWD" is a term for Supersonic Wave Drive, which is a a piezoelectric motor which provides effortless and silent AF function, similar to Canon's USM (ultrasonic motor) or Nikon's silent wave motor (AF-S)
"OM" are the old school Olympus SLR film lenses; they won't work on the newer bodies without using a MF-1 OM Olympus Lens Adapter which costs about $84. Even using the adapter, Olympus still recommends a limited aperture range for each lens, e.g., f/5.6 and f/8 on the older 85/2 lenses.
All Olympus lenses boast modern multilayer anti-reflection coatings for improving contrast and light diffusion. To this end Olympus has been merciful and has not added a brand name to their lens coatings.
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Olympus firmware updates for SWD lenses
Olympus has released firmware updates for three of its SWD lenses. The latest firmware versions of the 14-35mm 1:2 SWD, 12-60mm 1:2.8-4.0 SWD and 50-200mm 1:2.8-3.5 SWD improves sequential shooting speed with the recently released E-5 digital SLR.
The updates can be accessed via the company's Digital Camera Update software
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