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Olympus Introduces the 4x4 of the Binocular Category

Melville, NY - Olympus America, a world leader in optics and cameras for more than 80 years, is earning a name for itself in the binocular category. The flagship of the Olympus binocular line, the Magellan, is now available in standard roof prism 8 x 42 and 10 x 42 models. This top-quality binocular is perfect for outdoor use and extreme conditions. The Magellan delivers clear vision even in severe weather, making it essential for the Mt. Everest climber, the Whitbread yacht racer, extreme skiers, the family tornado chaser and the weekend camper. Designed to be the universal outdoor binocular, the Magellan is waterproof, dirtproof and fogproof making it built for any terrain.

The Olympus Magellan binocular is hermetically sealed for waterproof performance and is dry-nitrogen filled (eliminating condensation and mold on internal lens surfaces) for fogproof results. High-index BaK4 prisms and large 42mm diameter objective lenses allow exceptional light transmission to ensure a clear, bright image at night or in low-light conditions.

The new Magellan has a sleek and more ergonomic design, with subtle contours and a sure-grip feeling making the newest Magellan slim in shape and an extremely portable standard size binocular. This model is designed to stay in the viewer's hands even in the toughest conditions, for maximum performance under pressure. The long eye-relief (18mm) for eyeglass wearers and twist up-down eyecups make the Magellan comfortable for extended use.

The EXWP I Magellan 8 x 42 and 10 x 42 binoculars will be available in March of 2001 at specialty, catalogue and online retailers, for a suggested retail price of $449 and $519 respectively.

Olympus America distributes a wide range of products for consumer, scientific, health-care, commercial and industrial markets. These include 35mm, Advanced Photo System and digital cameras, binoculars, MicrocassetteTM and digital voice recorders, printers, medical and industrial endoscopes, biological and metallurgical microscopes and measuring instruments, clinical analyzers, and other high-technology products. Olympus America is responsible for marketing Olympus products in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.