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Olympus Announces New Addition to Magellan Line of Weather-proof Binoculars

- New Compact Series of Nitrogen Gas-filled Binoculars Offers An Outstanding Viewing Experience Under Extreme Environmental Conditions

Melville, New York, March 3, 2003 - Olympus America today introduced the new Magellan WP I series of binoculars, a high-performance, compact, easy-to-use, water-proof, fog-proof, and dirt-proof line built for relentless visual performance in severe outdoor conditions. The binoculars come in two magnifications, 8x25 and 10x25, and combine superior visual performance with minimal size and weight, making them a must-have item for any outdoor enthusiast.

The Magellan WP I binoculars are extremely compact in size, yet durable enough to withstand the elements and the needs of mountain-climbers and water-sport enthusiasts alike. The WP I series are lighter, smaller, and therefore easier to carry than the original Magellan EXWP I series, making them ideal for mountaineering, kayaking, and other outdoor activities where gear must be kept to a minimum.

The new Magellan WP I series are fully water-proof to a depth of one meter, perfect for use during any outdoor, on-water endeavors. There is definitely no trade-off between image quality and durability with the Magellan series, as all lenses and prisms are fully multi-coated for maximum brightness and contrast, and high refractive index BaK4 prisms assure bright, crisp, edge-to-edge imaging.

The binoculars' hermetically sealed and nitrogen gas-filled lens system assures waterproof, fog-proof and dirt-proof performance under extreme weather conditions, and prevents mold from growing during long-term storage.

A built-in dioptric correction that adjusts to each user's individual eyesight ensures that viewers will always see action clearly. The Magellan WP I binoculars offer long eye relief (8x25, 16mm - 10x25, 18mm), which refers to the maximum distance from the eyepiece lens at which the entire image can be seen. The high number ensures that users will be able to see the entire image through the binoculars even with glasses on. The twist-up or down eye caps make using these binoculars a cinch, and the large focusing knob in the center will allow for quick, precise focus adjustment, even when wearing gloves.

The Magellan WP I series of binoculars offer superior eye protection with Olympus special optical materials used to reduce the transmission of harmful UV rays. Included with the Magellan WP I binoculars are crushable, waterproof wetsuit-grade neoprene cases for safe storage, which can be quickly stuffed away while the binoculars are in use. A convenient floatable neck strap, eye caps, and a limited lifetime warranty round out this tremendous offer from Olympus.

The Magellan WP I binoculars will be available in April 2003.

U.S. Pricing: 8x25 - Street Price: $149.95
8x25 - SRP: $224.00

10x25 - Street Price: $169.95
10x25 - SRP: $254.00

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In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus America Inc. serves health care, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial and other service offerings and is the leading brand in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer camera products and services business spans North and South America. Olympus America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and parent company to develop state-of-the-art products and services that are innovative, intelligent, and easy to use.