Olympus is one of Japans' most renowned camera and lens manufacturers. The company was established in 1919 and still enjoys a good reputation almost 100 years later. Olympus started by producing microscopes (which it still does), then extended and introduced their first half frame format camera in 1936. Later, the OM full format 35mm film camera was also introduced. Olympus is a major player in the industry, producing photo cameras and lenses as well as medical, surgical and industrial equipment.
The OM cameras were powered by Zuiko lenses, which were produced as early as 1972-73. They are exquisitely made and have a great feeling to them. The Zuiko are quite small, light and easy to use. In terms of focal length, Zuiko lenses cover a wide array, from 18-24mm up to 180-300mm, going as far as 500-1000mm. They can be found in both single and multi coated layer versions.
Vintage OM lenses have good reputation, as do many Olympus OM-D lenses. These classic Olympus lenses can be adapted to almost every mount and exist in rather large numbers. They are also pricier than most German and Japanese lenses, as Olympus has quite a number of fans out there.
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28mm f3.5 Olympus G. Zuiko Auto-W is a wide angle lens in the Olympus OM-mount. It was introduced at the beginning of the 1970s as the main wide angle lens for the OM-System. Later it was replaced by the f2.8 version. It displays solid overall performance and the same reliability of Olympus vintage lenses. Build quality is also excellent.
28mm f3.5 Olympus G. Zuiko Auto-W has a minimum focusing distance of 0.3m and it weighs around 180g. Filter diameter: 49mm.
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50mm f1.4 Olympus G. Zuiko Auto-S is a very fast standard lens in the Olympus OM-mount. It equipped high end Olympus cameras, such as the OM 1 and the OM 2. It features an advanced seven elements in six groups construction designed to offer high resolution and contrast. Like its slower f1.8 brother, the Olympus f1.4 is light, reliable and has an excellent build quality. There are at least two versions of the lens. Also, several types of multi-coating layers were used during its production.
The 50mm f1.4 Olympus G. Zuiko Auto-S has a minimum focusing distance of 0.45m and it weighs around 230g. Filter diameter: 49mm
50mm f1.8 Olympus Zuiko MC Auto-S is a fast standard lens in the Olympus OM-mount. It equipped Olympus entry and mid level cameras, such as the OM-10 and OM-30. There are at least two versions of this lens, a single-coated and a multi-coated model and marked with the MC initials. The lens is light, reliable and very well built. While a little soft when used wide open, the 50mm f1.8 Olympus shows good sharpness, particularly when kept within the f4-f5.6 range. Color rendering is also good, as it is the case with almost all Olympus lenses.
The 50mm f1.8 Olympus Zuiko MC has a minimum focusing distance of 0.45m and it weighs only 176g. Filter diameter: 49mm.
100-200mm f5 Olympus S Zuiko Auto is a zoom lens in the OM-mount. It was probably introduced at the beginning of the 1980s, when zoom lenses started becoming more popular and it was advertised as Zuiko's first push-pull zoom. As many vintage zooms, it features constant aperture. When tested by Modern Photography in 1983 it showed “above average performance and average flare control”, “very slight flare”.
Resolution was found to be “excellent” at 100mm, 150mm and 200mm in the f5-f8 range. The lens displayed high contrast throughout the whole 100-200mm focal range, from f5 to f32. 100-200mm f5 Olympus S Zuiko Auto Zoom has a minimum focusing distance of 2.4m and weighs 566g. Filter diameter: 49mm.
Olympus E.Zuiko Auto-T 135mm f2.8 and f3.5 As our time resources are limited, we'll give you feedback on this model as soon as possible, so stay tuned!