Center Valley, PA—Olympus introduced the M.Zuiko Digital 2x teleconverter MC-20. The teleconverter doubles the focal length of the master lens. In addition, it features dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (14°F) professional weatherproof construction for use in severe environmental conditions.
Moreover, by doubling the maximum shooting magnification of the master lens, the teleconverter expands the field of photography into super-telephoto macro shooting. Additionally, it is compatible with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40–150mm F2.8 Pro; M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS Pro lenses; as well as the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150–400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro under development.
Teleconverter MC-20: Super Telephoto & Super Telephoto Macro Shooting
By maintaining the imaging performance of the master lens while doubling the focal length, the new 2x teleconverter makes it possible to capture shots of subjects that are usually difficult to approach, like small birds and animals. Furthermore, when attached to the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS Pro lens, handheld super-telephoto shooting at a 1200mm equivalent (35mm) is possible.
In addition, when attached to the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS Pro, the MC-20 allows users to shoot near actual size at 0.96x (equivalent) from the maximum shooting magnification of 0.48x. As a result, photographers can capture close-up photos from far away without disturbing subjects sensitive to people. And using focus stacking produces photos that are in focus across the entire image, even on super-telephoto lenses that tend to have a shallow depth of field.
The MC-20 features a 9-element, 4-group lens construction; an HR lens suppresses various types of aberrations, including chromatic aberration. At the same time, the design also helps prevent ghosts and flares, thanks to ZERO coating.
Additionally, when an Olympus teleconverter is attached to a master lens, there is virtually no loss in autofocus speed. The teleconverter also leverages the company’s FAST AF technology and 5-axis image stabilization system.
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 2x teleconverter MC-20 ships with the body cap BC-3; lens cap LR-2; and lens case LSC-0603. It has a suggested retail price of $429.99.