Topic: Seeking Zuiko Lens Information

Hi, probably my first post here I think.

Found a bag of old Olympus camera gear in my Dads cupboard with a couple of primes in it, wondering if it's worth me investing in an OM -> EOS adaptor to play around with them on my 40D.

Lenses are:

Zuiko 28mm f/3.5 - Front Bezel reads: Olympus OM-System G.Zuiko Auto-w 1:3.5 f=28mm 375635

Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 - Front Bezel reads: Olympus OM-System F.Zuiko Auto-s 1:1.8 f=50mm 1125357

What do you guys think?

Anyone got any info on these lens?

Any info welcome, Greg

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I think the olympus wide lenses were well regarded.  The 50mm f1.8 is good as well, not most barnds had a good 50 wink

I know very little about adapters and digital cameras.  You might be able to pick up a film camera to use them on for the price of the adapter wink

Re: Seeking Zuiko Lens Information

First of all welcome to the forums GregSteer.


Here's a good pointer to the OM Zuiko Lineup:

http://forum.manualfocus.org/viewtopic.php?id=6068

Use the wayback machine for links that are old (http://www.archive.org/index.php)

As for my personal experiences with the 50mm and 28mm

The 28mm f3.5 is the more common 28mm FL. 
  - It's an OK performer doesn't get sharp until f8 onwards
  - I don't think the f3.5 was MC only SC so watchout for flare

The 50mm f1.8 has so many variations Single Coated, Multicoated etc   - I have one in the 1 million serial number like yours which is MC a good performer (you'll have to do some research as to which markings and which serial number ranges were MC/SC)


Cheers

[D]

Last edited by diesel604 (2009-09-16 18:11:55)

Bodies: Olympus E-PL1, Nikon D70s, OM1-MD, OM77AF, OMPC,  Ricohflex VII, Super Ricohflex, Canon AE-1
Lenses:  Zuiko 28/3.5, 50/1.8, 50/1.4, 135/3.5, Vivitar 90/2.8 macro, S1 35-85 f2.8, Hexanon 40/1.8, 50/1.7, Soligor 35/2.8, Canon FD 50/1.4, 85/1.8, Vivitar 70-210/4.5, Vivitar 28/2.8

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diesel604 wrote:

The 28mm f3.5 is the more common 28mm FL. 
  - It's an OK performer doesn't get sharp until f8 onwards
  - I don't think the f3.5 was MC only SC so watchout for flare

Well... I have a 28/3.5 and the sharpness is really good (tested on a 350D) even wide open. The flare is bad, though. All in all, it has the best price/performance ratio of all my lenses (it was 12

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Warning: Zuiko lenses are addictive. "Zuikoholic" is a well established term...

And welcome to the forum.

/Erik

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GregSteer wrote:

Lenses are:

Zuiko 28mm f/3.5 - Front Bezel reads: Olympus OM-System G.Zuiko Auto-w 1:3.5 f=28mm 375635

Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 - Front Bezel reads: Olympus OM-System F.Zuiko Auto-s 1:1.8 f=50mm 1125357

Both exists with silver nose (front chrome ring) : the first batch or all black (later versions)

Both are TOP quality

Test of the 50/1.8 (MC version)
http://homepages.caverock.net.nz/~bj/zuiko/5000000.htm

Last edited by pbfacts (2009-09-18 17:31:27)

i use : Om2 sp + Zuiko 55/1.2 & 65/200
+ Sigma 14mm & 16mm & 18/35 + Kiron 105 + Cosina 100/500 + T32 & T10
I sell  : OM10 OM2 OM4t + md1 md2 + Nicd pack + Zuiko 24/2.8 28/3.5 50/1.8 -1.4 - macro & 35/70 3.6 & 500 & 2xA + T32 T10 + access.
+ Fishe eye soligor + Sigma 21/35 & 1000+  Vivitar 75/150 &Doubler + Tokina 70/210 3.5 + Tamron 28/200 + Kiron 28/105 + 300 mirror + 500 mirror + Macro panagor

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My 28/3.5 is the best 28mm landscape lens I have ever used. I tried two Contax 28/2.8 Distagons, and the Zuiko 28/3.5 make quick work of convincing me to sell the two Contax lenses.

BY FAR the best bargain lens I have ever purchased, and it will remain my main 28mm lens till I die.

It is sharp from corner to corner, and performs incredibly well close up, even wide open.

Here is a sample from mine at f11 on my 5D:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3618/3450763770_4889cb88d6_o.jpg

I can post some wide-open and close up samples later.

Last edited by cogitech (2009-09-18 19:00:53)

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Here is the Zuiko 28/3.5 on 5D, close-up, wide open:

http://www.cogitech.ca/photos/Zuiko_28/ang.jpg

And a 100% crop:

http://www.cogitech.ca/photos/Zuiko_28/angcrop.jpg

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smile

(damn! just when I get my 5DMkII I lose access to the zuiko 28/3.5 - I'd love to try it with my new camera! thanks for the samples)

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...and another landscape sample, at f8 or f11 (who cares? smile ) on 5D as usual:

http://www.cogitech.ca/photos/Zuiko_28/img_0058.jpg

And 100% crops from all the corners:

http://www.cogitech.ca/photos/Zuiko_28/img_0058_1.jpg

http://www.cogitech.ca/photos/Zuiko_28/img_0058_2.jpg

http://www.cogitech.ca/photos/Zuiko_28/img_0058_3.jpg

http://www.cogitech.ca/photos/Zuiko_28/img_0058_4.jpg

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al wrote:

smile

(damn! just when I get my 5DMkII I lose access to the zuiko 28/3.5 - I'd love to try it with my new camera! thanks for the samples)

How'd you lose access to it?

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I've seen several people comment on flare with this lens. I don't find flare to be an issue at all with mine, however mine is a very, very late serial number and I distinctly see multiple colours of coatings on it, despite the fact that it is not marked MC and that many people claim an MC version was never made. I think very late in production, Oly was just applying MC to all their lenses, because this one certainly doesn't perform anything like my single-coated 21/3.5 and 50/1.4 that I had. Look at the contrast in the shot of my sister in the pool. The pool reflection was very bright and shining directly into the lens, yet no hint of veiling, ghosting, etc.

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cogitech wrote:
al wrote:

smile

(damn! just when I get my 5DMkII I lose access to the zuiko 28/3.5 - I'd love to try it with my new camera! thanks for the samples)

How'd you lose access to it?

It's in the same bag than my Mamiya RB67 (plus 3 lenses, plus 3 backs), lightmeter, tons of film, OM-1, Eos 1n, macro bellows, 75-150, light stand plus umbrella, and one flash (and probably more things that I forgot about). I was being forced to move back to Spain, I sent almost all my gear back - and suddenly I got the chance to stay in the US, so I am stranded without my tools (well, I have the brand new 5DII plus Contax 28/2.8, 50/1.7, Tak 135/2.5 and Tokina 12-24 -and a Eos 50e - so I'm not exactly empty handed smile ).
I was looking for a replacement for the RB67 until I can recover it - maybe you saw the thread. And the Zuiko 28/3.5 was one of the things I wanted to try in the new camera; in the 350D the only things better in the zeiss were the flare resistance (much better in the zeiss), a bit more speed, and better colors for my taste (a bit cooler). But all in all, one of my favorite lenses - I just loved the field of view (using it with "full frame" film), the size and handling, the sharpness, and the convenience of the 49mm filter thread.
I just remembered that I still have a Zuiko 28/2 here that I haven't tried with the 5DII, because I am out of OM->EOS adapters. Time to fix that *big grin*

Edit: my copy is a early one iirc, so it is most definitely not mc. That would make an awesome lens!

Last edited by al (2009-09-18 19:21:15)

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Sorry to hear that you're without all that great gear. It sounds like you are still pretty well-equipped though! smile

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cogitech wrote:

Sorry to hear that you're without all that great gear. It sounds like you are still pretty well-equipped though! smile

Thank you, as I said I have my photography kit (I love using a 28, 50 and 135, and having an UW backup for exceptional pictures, I don't need more lenses), but I am without my gearhead kit ;-) The thing I miss the most is the Mamiya plus the 127 and the umbrella (great portraits, printed in the darkroom).



@Greg:
sorry about the off topic rant! Going back to the point, regarding the

"Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 - Front Bezel reads: Olympus OM-System F.Zuiko Auto-s 1:1.8 f=50mm 1125357"

I have had two copies of the 50/1.8; the first one was noticeably softer than the SMC Takumar 50/1.4 and the Contax 50/1.7 (tested with a EOS 350D), so I got rid of it. This christmas I got another one with an OM-1, and I only tried it with film, so no pixel peeping, and all the lens failures were probably masked by either the scanning (used an Epson V500, not good for 35mm) or my lousy darkroom technique (started this year to make enlargements). One thing I can say is that is has very pleasant bokeh, I got a couple of very nice close portraits with this lens.
There is a lot of information in this forum about om lenses, with all the differences between versions. I recommend an evening of searching in past threads to have a general view of Zuiko OM lenses, there is really a lot of info here.

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I have the 3.5/28 Zuiko in M42. I can confirm that it is a extraordinary good landscape/architecture shooter with much better than average resolution. Never will sell (who knows)

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I hope this site will help you.there is very much information here to be found....

http://olympus.dementia.org/eSIF/om-sif.htm