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Olympus Gears-Up For Summer With New Coleman-Edition Binoculars

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., March 2, 2009 –Olympus announced today that it is teaming with The Coleman Company, Inc. to offer new binoculars featuring Olympus’ superior optics and rugged durability combined with Coleman’s outdoor brand appeal. The binoculars, co-branded under a licensing agreement, will be offered by Olympus in three distinct models – Standard, Compact and Waterproof – and will be ideal for hikers, campers or any outdoor enthusiasts.

“The new Coleman binoculars will complement our existing line-up of outdoor cameras and binoculars, specifically our Stylus Tough and E-System cameras as well as Magellan binoculars,” said Nadine Clark, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “The partnership will also enable us to reach new consumers where Coleman products are traditionally sold.”

Olympus, through its partnership with the National Park Service, promotes active, healthy lifestyles and encourages consumers to visit our nation’s parks. Whether you’re hiking the Grand Canyon or bird watching in Yellowstone, the new Coleman binoculars are for you. Proof that Olympus enables consumers to capture it all.

The new Coleman-edition binoculars, which will be offered in “Coleman green,” will be available in summer 2009. The 10x50 standard model features high magnification with an expansive field of view that makes it easy to track moving subjects like birds and other wild life. The 8x21 compact binoculars offer 8x magnification and are so small they easily fit in a jacket pocket, making it easy to roam the great outdoors. The new 8x25 binoculars are waterproof, dirtproof and fogproof – all in a lightweight, portable size great for climbing and kayaking.

Journalists interested in receiving more information about Olympus’ partnership with Coleman and related products, please contact Jeff Hluchyj, Mullen Public Relations, 978-468-8939 or jeff.hluchyj@mullen.com, or Jennifer Lyons, public relations manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc., 3500 Corporate Parkway, Center Valley, PA 18034, ph: (484) 896-5350 / (800) 622-6372.

As an international leader in the innovation and marketing of outdoor products, The Coleman Company, Inc., helps people have fun and make memories by providing the gear integral to their favorite outdoor experiences. The company’s products include its legendary lanterns and stoves, as well as coolers, tents, sleeping bags, airbeds, backpacks, furniture, and grills under its Coleman® and Exponent® brands. Additionally, the company provides flotation devices, towables, rainwear, waders, hunting and fishing gear, and safety and survival equipment under its Stearns®, Sevylor®, Sospenders®, Hodgman®, Mad Dog Gear®, Nevin® and Helium® brands. Founded in 1900 and based in Wichita, Kan., Coleman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jarden Corporation and can be found online at www.coleman.com. Consumers can call 800-835-3278 or e-mail consumerservice@coleman.com for general information or for Coleman and Exponent products. For all other brands, call 800-328-3208 or e-mail stearnsrec@stearnsnet.com. Note to Media: News releases and images are available upon request or can be downloaded at www.coleman.com/newsroom.

Olympus Imaging America Inc. is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering award-winning products for consumer and professional markets.

Olympus Imaging America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and its ultimate parent company, Olympus Corporation, to develop breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality that enhances peoples’ lives every day. These include:

  • Digital and Film Cameras
  • Professional Digital SLR Imaging Systems
  • Related Underwater Products and Accessories
  • Digital and Microcassette Recorders
  • Digital Media
  • Binoculars

Olympus Imaging America Inc. is responsible for sales in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. For more information, visit: www.olympusamerica.com.

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Company Contact:
Olympus Imaging America Inc.
Jennifer Lyons, public relations manager
(484) 896-5350

Agency Contact:
Mullen Public Relations
Jeff Hluchyj
(978) 468-8939