Olympus TCON-17X & CLA-12

September 1, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories | Comment |

Olympus has officially launched the much-anticipated TCON-17X 1.7x teleconverter and CLA-12 adapter ring for the Olympus XZ-1 premium compact camera. Featuring a 28-112mm (eq.) f/1.8-2.5 lens and a 10-megapixel, 1/1.63” sensor, the Olympus XZ-1 is an award-winning “prosumer” digicam that has received many accolades since its launch earlier this year. The new TCON-17X add-on tele-conversion lens lets you get 1.7 times closer with a 1:2.5 f-number, meaning that with the lens set to maximum telephoto, you get a 35mm equivalent reach of 190mm without any loss of brightness. The TCON-17X teleconverter is available for £149.99 and the (required) CLA-12 adapter for £39.99. In addition to making it possible to mount the TCON-17X, the CLA-12 also allows users to attach a 55mm filter.

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Olympus Press Release

Olympus launches powerful conversion lens for flagship compact

Game-changing Olympus XZ-1 gets tele conversion lens
Accessories boost high-quality magnification by 1.7x

London, 1 September 2011 – Olympus’ multi 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 £149.99 and the CLA-12 adapter for £39.99, 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 £399.99.

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

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