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Olympus adds teleconverter to XZ-1 range

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Olympus has announced a 1.7x tele-conversion lens for the excellent XZ-1 compact. The TCON-17X (above) must be attached using the CLA-12 adapter (shown below) and will turn the 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 of the XZ-1 into the equivalent of a 48-190mm with no loss of lens speed. It's too early to say if the adapter can be used to add filters (without using the teleconverter) but it looks too short given the lens' extension.

Update: Olympus claim ithe adapter can be used with 55mm filters (a polariser, for example, or even a square filter system such as those from Cokin or LEE).

The TCON-17X tele conversion lens is available for £149.99 and the CLA-12 adapter for £39.99, both from September 2011.

Press release:

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

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.

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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

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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

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