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Olympus Introduces New Trooper Series Binoculars Designed to Capture Fast-Paced Action

Three Models Feature Wide-Angle Field of View, One Pair Offers Versatile Zoom

Melville, New York, October 14, 2003 - Olympus America introduces the newest line of Trooper DPS I binoculars with wide-angle views that are great for tracking - and keeping up with - fast moving subjects like the Formula One cars of the Olympus-sponsored Ferrari team. The binoculars come in four magnifications (7x35, 8x40, 10x50 and the 8-16x40 zoom model) with enhanced Porro Prisms for detailed viewing of sharp, clear images. Built for hours of comfortable use, the new Trooper binoculars offer a range of features designed to deliver a memorable viewing experience at a reasonable price.

Innovative
Designed to minimize eyestrain during extended use, the Trooper DPS I series of binoculars have a specially formulated lens element with ultraviolet protection on the eyepieces that greatly reduces harmful UV rays for safe use in bright sunlight. The Trooper DPS I zoom model (8-16x40) offers versatile high-power 8-16x zooming. This is an invaluable feature when viewing from a fixed location, and permits users to close in on a subject, or back away to put the scene into perspective.

Intelligent
The wide 65-degree field of view of the non-zoom binoculars makes it easy to follow fast-moving action, while also allowing the eye to stay on several subjects at once. In all models, the built-in dioptric correction allows viewers to make precise dioptric adjustments to match their eyesight. Generously sized exit pupils provide for bright image viewing, and these binoculars can be mounted on a tripod (sold separately) to steady viewing over long periods of time.

Stylish
The sleek and rugged Trooper DPS I binoculars come with a matte black exterior, which reduces reflection off the surface so as not to startle the subject being observed. With their special elasticized polymer grip coating, the binoculars fit firmly in the hands for comfortable and confident handling.

Approachable
The large center-focus dial on these binoculars allows for easy adjustment even when wearing gloves, and a rubber-clad coating around the binoculars ensures a firm grip for secure handling in any conditions. With a protective case, convenient neck strap, and eye caps, Olympus binoculars come with everything users need to safely carry and store their binoculars. The limited lifetime warranty provides for years of enjoyment.

Exciting
These new DPS I Series binoculars are literally packed with high quality optics. The lens composition consists of 5 elements in 3 groups (7x35/8x40/10x50) or 6 elements in 4 groups (8-16x40), including aspherical lenses, made of environmentally friendly lead-free glass, that minimize distortion. Lenses and prisms used in these binoculars are coated to ensure optimal transmission of light and a bright, clear field of view.

Availability
The Trooper binoculars will be available in October 2003.

U.S. Pricing:
Trooper 7x35 DPS I - Street Price: $49.95
Trooper 7x35 DPS I - MSRP: $65.00

Trooper 8x40 DPS I - Street Price: $59.95
Trooper 8x40 DPS I - MSRP: $79.00

Trooper 10x50 DPS I - Street Price: $69.95
Trooper 10x50 DPS I - MSRP: $89.00

Trooper 8-16x40 DPS I - Street Price: $89.95
Trooper 8-16x40 DPS I - MSRP: $119.00

Review units and high-resolution images are available from Mullen Public Relations. Contact Michael Bourne, senior account executive, 650-210-9857 or Michael.Bourne@mullen.com.

For more information contact Chris Sluka, public relations manager, Olympus America Inc, Consumer Products Group, Two Corporate Center Dr., Melville, NY 11747-3157, ph: (631) 844-5000 (800) 622-6372, Fax: (631) 844-5262.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in healthcare and consumer electronics worldwide. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation, to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents; and
  • Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.
In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently, reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results. Olympus is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer electronics business spans North and South America.