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craig
09-30-2005, 12:31 AM
Focal length: 35mm
angel of view: 34 degrees
Closest focusing distance: 5.74";
Max aperture: f3.5
min aperture: f22
filter size: 52mm
dimensions: 2.8"d x 2.1"L
Weight: 5.8 oz.
Tele 1.4: yes
Ex tube: yes, extended max image magnification. 1.68x
price:
Olympus Website (http://www.olympusamerica.com/e1/sys_lens_35mm.asp)

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craig
09-30-2005, 12:32 AM
Our own mini review including pictures, and test.

craig
09-30-2005, 12:32 AM
Other reviews online. ... If you see one, add it to the user section and I will place it in here.

review here. (http://www1.epinions.com/content_242667720324)

Jamie's 35mm test gallery. (http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/gallery/2025662#P-1-15)

craig
09-30-2005, 12:33 AM
Please use this format, or else you will be deleted!!!
Pros:
Cons:
price paid:
Other info:

MattO
12-31-2005, 06:55 PM
Hello, I have recently purchased this lens and have been using it for a couple of weeks now. The lense is super clear. I have posted some examples on my Zoto and also on my DPC account. I purchased the lens from B&amp;H paid $229 and I love this lens. I wasnt able to find any reviews of this lens so I bought it and figured I would be a Guinea pig. Ombrafoto told me about this site and I thought I would add this as kind of a review so you could see the quality of the lens. Forgive me if this is not the proper format.


A Mini Review Here (http://www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&amp;FORUM_THREAD_ID=322131)

MattO

llpoolej
12-31-2005, 06:57 PM
That is a great picture of a subject that is usually very boring. Love the composition, exposure, sharpness, dof ect; and so on. Great example of the 35mm!!!

Ombrafoto
12-31-2005, 07:04 PM
I love that lens from what you\'ve shown me.....

MattO
01-01-2006, 10:40 AM
I am adding a posting to add a few more Macro shots I took this week, I hope you dont mind, but I dont think I will get tired of this lens any time soon.

http://mattmo.zoto.com/img/50/fa66f7148ca1ab98727d440cf0ab0e4a-.jpg (http://mattmo.zoto.com/galleries/mobatgarden/detail/14/)
http://mattmo.zoto.com/img/50/921d17c1173626be8c7216d8d52eaf41-.jpg (http://mattmo.zoto.com/galleries/mobatgarden/detail/6/)
http://mattmo.zoto.com/img/50/2ac8f23bc274483e578fc25d8d2f327f-.jpg (http://mattmo.zoto.com/galleries/mobatgarden/detail/16/)
(Click on photos for a larger picture)

craig
01-01-2006, 11:05 AM
I edited it so that many people will look at it, many will not click on links.

I am also impressed by the pictures from the lens, those are great shots. When I saw the lens in the store, I was surprised that it didn\'t have a front element.
Keep posting the pictures!
http://fourthirdsphoto.com/pictures/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&amp;g2_itemId=1665&amp; g2_serialNumber=2&amp;g2_GALLERYSID=66b9db30dd0e140bf2 c60df1e12a7153
Tony

manmachine
01-01-2006, 11:28 AM
Excellent quality for its price. I want it! Thanks for pictures MattO!

MattO
01-01-2006, 11:34 AM
tspore wrote:

I edited it so that many people will look at it, many will not click on links.
Tony


Thanks Tony,

wasnt sure just how it should be done.


MattO

Idanst
01-02-2006, 01:44 PM
The shots are realy great, excellent dof, but I dont think I will get one for myself because I am not a macro fan and it isn\'t faster than the 14-45.

But maybe who knows :)

Ombrafoto
01-02-2006, 02:12 PM
But it IS less than half the price of that 50/2....

Ralph Wagner
01-11-2006, 04:17 AM
MattO,

Did you use a tripod for these examples?

MattO
01-28-2006, 03:34 PM
MattO,

Did you use a tripod for these examples?

No all of the photos in this form were handheld. ANd I am not the steadiest of persons.


MattO

handz
02-21-2006, 05:24 AM
Hi,

Im using E-300 and only have set 14-45 and Sigma 55 - 200,
I want some lens for shooting portraits.

50 f.2 looks fine, but it is too expensive for me, Im thinking about 35mm f.3,5 for portraits - is it a Good idea? Have anyone here (or could please anyone here) shoot some portrait with it? Im curious about DOF...

Thanx for any answers...

MattO
02-21-2006, 09:04 PM
Hi,

Im using E-300 and only have set 14-45 and Sigma 55 - 200,
I want some lens for shooting portraits.

50 f.2 looks fine, but it is too expensive for me, Im thinking about 35mm f.3,5 for portraits - is it a Good idea? Have anyone here (or could please anyone here) shoot some portrait with it? Im curious about DOF...

Thanx for any answers...

HI Handz,

I have this lens and will set up the lights and backdrop this weekend and take some with my E300 for you. I bought the 35mm for macros and portraits. And I think for the money its a great lens. I'll post as soon as I can this week.


MattO

handz
02-22-2006, 04:52 AM
Thank you very much MattO! looking forward on your photos!:yes:

Stuttaton
03-06-2006, 10:52 AM
Here are my findings after a day with the new Olympus Digital Zuiko 35/3,5 macro:

The lens is very lightweght. There isn't much glass in it, as the lens elements are small and only six in total. Contributing to the low weight is the fact that the lens is made almost entirely of plastic. The mount is metal though.

This is a very sharp lens. Here is a 100% crop from the center (all images taken with an E-1):

http://hem.bredband.net/b111906/060305 Fiskartorpet backhoppning-70-02.jpg

The corners are totally sharp too. This lens clearly out-resolves the E-1. Here is the upper right corner from the same shot:

http://hem.bredband.net/b111906/060305 Fiskartorpet backhoppning-70-03.jpg

There doesn't seem to be any visible corner shading. Here is the entire frame:

http://hem.bredband.net/b111906/060305 Fiskartorpet backhoppning-70.jpg

There is no visible chromatic aberration at all. At least I haven't detected any in the shots I have taken so far. I checked this in Studio too, as Raw Shooter Premium has automatic CA removal.
Here is another corner at 100% crop:

http://hem.bredband.net/b111906/060305 Fiskartorpet backhoppning-71.jpg

There is some distortion, but less than most other lenses. It should be visible here:

http://hem.bredband.net/b111906/P3067416.jpg

Compared to the ZD 14-54 this lens looks and feels a bit cheap and plasticky. It is not weather sealed and doesn't look very rugged at all. If you focus it to the closest distance and remove it from the camera, you can peek inside from the back and see the motors and all internals. While it's interesting to see what makes it tick, it seems rather vulnerable.
In use, there isn't much to complain about. As long as you focus on objects a meter or more away, it focuses as fast as most other Digital Zuikos. There is no hunting unless you try to focus on something "impossible".
One advantage for outdoor use is that the front lens element is deeply recessed. This creates the effect of a "built-in" lens hood.

To sum it up:

+ Very sharp, even in the corners
+ Virtually no chromatic aberration
+ No visible corner shading
+ Cheap to buy
+ Compact and lightweight
+ Very limited distortion
+ "Built-in" lens hood
+ Focuses down to 1:1 reproduction ratio (= darn close)

- Plastic construction feels somewhat sensitive

/J&#246;rgen

jebir
03-06-2006, 03:58 PM
Thanks J&#246;rgen.

An impressive little lens indeed! That first 100% corner crop shows a resolution exceeding the sensor and no visible CA...

This lens must be the bargain of ZD and it makes me wonder why on earth I am harping along with OM bellows and enlarger lenses? I guess I could sell all that stuff to finance this lens and get money left over for a new memory card - or a box of French wine...

Thanks for the nice mini-review. Jens.

Stuttaton
03-06-2006, 11:49 PM
Thanks Jens. I just edited some typos and added a few things to the review.

/Jörgen

primea
04-16-2006, 06:51 PM
I found I've been using this lens more often in last couple of days ...

The last 9 pictures are in-camera jpegs ... HQ

http://home.wideopenwest.com/~primea/ (http://home.wideopenwest.com/%7Eprimea/)

Hope this helps people who are thinking of getting this lens ... worth every penny ...

Knight Palm
05-21-2006, 07:28 AM
PROS:
Compact size, incredibly light with only 165 grams weight, 34 degrees angle makes it useful for street photograhpy, 7 aperture lamelles gives a very good "bokeh", compliant with the Olympus macro-flash system, allows magnification ratio of 1:1 (equivalent to 2:1 in old 35mm format), and with the Extension tube EX-25 the magnification ratio of [0.70 ~ 1.68X]. Very sharp all the way out to the corners, with very high MTF-values in general.

CONS:
No environment sealings, largest aperture only F3.5.

SIMILAR TO:
Olympus OM-Zuiko 50mm/F3.5 Macro
Olympus Zuiko Digital 50mm/F2.0 Macro
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm/F2.8-3.5 Universal Zoom

PRICE PAID:

OTHER INFO:
The macro has a filter thread &#248;52mm.
I plan using the macro with either my old Panagor Slide Duplicator, or the new Soligors diaduplikator #47900.
The new one is dedicated for digital photography, and will require a focal length of 110mm lens in 35mm format.
The old one is requiring a 50mm lens in old 35mm format.
However the aspect ratio of the slides is plain old 3:2, so I might get well off with the new 4/3-system macro that has 35mm focal length with the 4:3 aspect ratio.
I already have an old OM-Zuiko 50mm/F3.5 Macro, so I did choose the cheaper ZD35mm/F3.5 Macro over the brighter and more expensive ZD50mm/F2.0 Macro. For the money difference, it helped me also to purchase the ZD14-54mm/F2.8-3.5, this is both brighter and has a close focus capability and can also be used with the EC-14 Teleconverter for macro flexibility. I think this was the best choice for me for time being.

REF:
Soligor Slide Duplicator for Digital Cameras 10 Dptrs 52 mm
https://secure.soligor.com/index.php?id=5&backPID=89&L=1&tt_products=166&L=1

Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
http://www.olympus-esystem.com/dea/products/lens/35_35M/index.html

Fotosidan - review in Swedish language:
http://www.fotosidan.se/reviews/viewreviews.htm?ID=12372

DLL_4ever
06-09-2006, 07:34 AM
Pros: Generally a very good macro lens. Very Sharp, small and light.

Cons: Slow focusing, even in mid-light. Sometimes it'll sit there and hunt for up to 6 seconds. Maybe it's just my lens though? It doesn't seem like anybody else has this problem...

price paid: $300 CA ($280 US?)

Other info: N/A

cifcap
07-23-2006, 11:39 PM
Pros: Light weight, small, and cheaper than the 50mm f2.0

Cons: 35mm focal length means getting close to the subject

price paid: $214.00 from B&H plus shipping

Other info: The 50mm f2.0 has been out of stock for a while and there's no telling when Sigma will release it's 4/3 30mm f1.4. I couldn't wait so I took the plunge and I'm not looking back. If you have the DZ 50mm or an adapted Sigma 30mm keep them. Otherwise get this lens.

JW Starks III

Jamie
10-19-2006, 07:00 PM
Pros:
Super sharp
Lightweight
Affordable
Recessed front element (or lack thereof) acts as built in hood
Focuses extremely close
Auto focus is extremely fast*(see cons below)Cons:
Although quick, focus tends to hunt a bit when going from a macro focus to a far focus and vice versa.*
Not very bright for a prime at only f3.5
Working distance of the 35mm focal length is very close up. (in order to fill the frame with small subject)Price Paid:
$207.90 from www.amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com) with free shipping.Other Info:

Did I mention that this lens was sharp? After reading some reviews of this lens, and wanting the ability to get as close as I dare to my subjects, I decided to take 'the plunge' and get this lens. I am a college student so cash is an issue, and at only $200 US dollars it's a bargain.
The Focal Length of 35mm (70mm full frame equiv) is really comfortable to use. It puts you about 3 or 4 feet away from your subject when doing a shot from the shoulders up, and when you look through the lens, the focal length feels natural. It doesn't seem like you are looking through a tunnel, and the field of view isn't too wide either.
The depth of field is extremely shallow, and I believe this is true of most macro lenses. If this isn't so, then I stand corrected. If you are shooting at the maximum aperture of f3.5, depending on your distance from the subject, the depth of field becomes super narrow... (to see what I mean by this, see the portrait and the bicycle brake component below, both shot at f3.5 but at different distances.)... but it's still nice to be able to create this effect.
I can see that this lens will quickly become one of my favorites. Other than this lens, I have the 2 Kit Lenses (14-45 and 40-150) and I can see the 35mm macro becoming my preferred 'walk about' lens. The light weight and small size, as well as it's 'built in hood' make it a good choice to put in a bag or purse, and it's easy on the arms where weight is concerned.
Another physical aspect of the lens that's noteworthy is that the barrel extends about 1" (2.5cm) when at it's closest focusing distance.<hr> Now for some Sample Images... All images were taken with the E-500 and the images of the 35mm lens were taken with the 14-45mm ZD kit lens. The images were 'developed' with Adobe Camera RAW and the only adjustments were: White Balance, Exposure and Cropping on a few of the images.
<hr>Click Images For a Larger Version...
or
Gallery of all 27 images...
(http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/gallery/2025662)
http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/photos/103833580-S.jpg (http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/gallery/2025662/1/103833580/Large)http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/photos/103834129-S.jpg (http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/gallery/2025662/1/103834129/Large)

http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/photos/103834528-S.jpg (http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/gallery/2025662/1/103834528/Large)http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/photos/103833555-S.jpg (http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/gallery/2025662/1/103833555/Large)

http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/photos/103833859-S.jpg (http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/gallery/2025662/1/103833859/Large)http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/photos/103833958-S.jpg (http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/gallery/2025662/1/103833958/Large)http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/photos/103833659-S.jpg (http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/gallery/2025662/1/103833659/Large)


I hope this was helpful,
--Jamie

[EDIT]

*update*

I have found that at a magnification higher than 1:2, because of the protruding barrel when close focusing, the light from the built in Flash on the E-500 is partially blocked and is almost completely blocked at 1:1

I just thought I would share this information.

http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/photos/104965157-O.jpg

If you would like to see more of my test shots and shots of it [the 35mm Macro] mounted on my E-500, check out my Gallery (http://jamiehs.smugmug.com/gallery/2025662)
Regards,

Jamie

*update*

carman
10-26-2006, 09:59 AM
I bought one recently after trying close up lenses etc. The difference is amazing.
Pro: Small makes my E-300 a lot better to carry. The effective FOV 70mm is a good range for general use.
The snail in the image is only 1cm across. Hand held.
Con. The extension of the lens on very close up means I have fitted a UV filter to protect the front element. Autofocus in close up is jittery

Generally I am well pleased with this lens. It cost £157 delivered from fotosense and arrived next day!!!

Olympususer
10-28-2006, 05:17 PM
My first post here.

Jamie's postings and pics in particular have convinced me to give the 35mm a try. I came back from holiday today - and ordered from ABCDigital - £123.39 plus £20 tax. (approx $274 total)

Seems to be a great service. Email within 5 minutes confirming order and within 6 hours an email confirming that the lens had already been shipped. Roll on Monday.:cool:

*Update*

The lens came today and is FANTASTIC - I adore it already. The problem's going to be how any other lens will get a go on my E-1 from now on :ohmy:

Olympususer
11-02-2006, 04:17 PM
OK here we go. Here’s my own personal impressions of the Zuiko 35mm f3.5 Macro lens.

Construction
One or two reviews I’ve read have said the lens looks a bit ‘plasticky’ so my expectation was of something that looked and felt a tad fragile, prone to damage etc. However I’ve actually been very pleasantly surprised and I consider the quality to be very good – especially for such a budget price - maybe not Pro Olympus quality – but well up there with the quality of other good mass market manufacturers. The lens cap is also brilliant.


Fit and Feel
This lens looks great on my E-1 and feels even better. I don’t use a neck strap with my E-1, preferring instead a wrist strap which, with the E-1’s superb ergonomic shape, gives me max confidence against accidents. It’s certainly the best balance combination I’ve yet found. The E-1 and 35mm Macro combination produces a lovely ‘right’ feel. Everything seems in proportion. Other lenses, especially zooms often feel a bit front-heavy to me. This combination is perfect for me.


Hunting
Some reviewers commented on AF ‘hunting’. Well I’ve generally found that if you keep within reasonable performance boundaries the AF works beautifully. (25cms – infinity) If you stray outside those then the lens takes a while to comprehend what you require from it. Manual focus is considerably closer (16.8 cms – infinity)

I’ve yet to properly try the 35mm Macro as a portrait lens but all initial observations are VERY favourable indeed. In fact I can see this lens fast becoming my ‘lens of choice’ for most shooting situations. This lens is a definite ‘keeper’


My personal rating would be:
Quality of construction – 8/10
Quality of image - 10/10
Price - 10/10
Value for money - 10/10
OVERALL - 10/10

My first shots
Though these might not compare with some of the other macro shots posted in this forum.... here's your chance to see my first grab-shots taken by me this morning on a particularly wintry English autumn day. HERE (http://www.flickr.com/photos/olympus_user/)

All the shots were unplanned, all were hand-held and taken in a few minutes. I've included them not as great shots (which they are not) but to show the potential of this lens when used more carefully and in better lighting situations.

I love this lens.:smile:

Olympususer
11-06-2006, 03:58 PM
Here's a shot using the ZD 35mm and the FL-36 flash with my E-1. The watch is less than 2cms diameter in reality!!!

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j200/B_Junn/witch.jpg

red
04-24-2007, 06:48 AM
Pros: Lightweight (a blessing when hiking), cheap, amazingly sharp, great bokeh, fantastic colors.

cons: I wish it is something along 70mm or so but it's the only Zuiko 1:1 lens. Need to get really close to subject, in my case are mostly living critters. Focusing can be nasty under low light.

Paid RM 780 (Malaysian Ringgit)

This is my favourite lens. Since I have it, I use it like 80% of the time! This cheapo can make anyone a macro addict. The lens is so sharp that I would insist that every user of the 4/3 system to have one. It worth every penny you spent on it.

Here are some samples, taken using E500 on jpeg 1/12 compression.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m37/metaurus/sp6.jpg

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m37/metaurus/P1013115.jpg

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m37/metaurus/P1018307.jpg

Godfrey
06-13-2007, 08:47 AM
Two words: Top Notch.

I bought this lens on the strength of photos shown by a good friend. It is not only a super macro lens, it has beautiful rendering and does just as well with landscape and portraiture. The rendering reminds me very much of a Leica Elmar 5.0cm from ages past although it is without a doubt a lot sharper as well.

It's small size and very light weight make it an absolute pleasure to use. Carrying it on the L1 body, I feel like I have my old Leica M6 back with a 75mm lens ... only it's lighter! ;-)

Godfrey

http://homepage.mac.com/godders/L1-lens-size/L1L-5.jpg
Panasonic L1 + Olympus 35mm f/3.5 Macro

attitude
03-14-2008, 03:17 AM
The 35mm f3.5 is great. A true macro for the right price. I am going to get a lot of use out of this lens. Here are some shots right out of the box and I'm just getting started!

payasam
03-25-2008, 12:54 PM
Although at 70 mm equivalent focal length this lens is shorter than the traditional 35 mm portrait lengths of 85 to 105 mm, it can be pressed into service as a portrait lens. The photo attached is the middle portion of a horizontal ("landscape") frame.

cifcap
03-26-2008, 01:44 AM
Nice shot,

I use the 35mm for portraits (and other shots) in addtion to macro work. What was your exposure settings? I think the softness is flattering for a woman, but a little bit too much on her eyes. Nice to see someone still shooting with the venerable E-300!

Keep shooting,
JW

payasam
03-26-2008, 04:10 AM
JW, exposure was around 1/15 sec. at f/3.5, ISO 800. I think the near eye is sharp enough, though the far one is clearly out of focus. It is possible that there was slight camera shake too: I am not yet as steady with the E-300 as I am with 35 mm film cameras.

cifcap
03-26-2008, 10:05 AM
Thanks for sharing your exposure data. For a shot at ISO 800 the noise is kept well in check. If this shot was done without PP for noise, I take my hat off to you! :smile:

Keep shooting,
JW

payasam
03-27-2008, 06:10 AM
No noise reduction. Like Wrotniak, I find 800 usable. It's 1600 that's impossibly noisy.

cifcap
03-27-2008, 08:33 AM
No noise reduction. Like Wrotniak, I find 800 usable. It's 1600 that's impossibly noisy.

I say again my hat goes off to you.

JW

Burkey
08-23-2008, 12:12 PM
I bought this lens primarily for environmental and promotional portrait work and so far, aside from the f3.5 maximum aperture issues, it's performing very well. I'm not much of a macro-person but this grab shot after coffee this morning was too hard to avoid. A great lens for the money.
. . . Burkey

matthew
08-23-2008, 01:10 PM
I have tried this lens with a Hoya R72 filter for IR photography, and have noticed no problems with hot spots using the 35mm Macro. Its more expensive 50mm cousin doesn't do nearly as well, so if IR photography is a requirement, I would recommend the little 35mm lens.

GreKom
03-25-2009, 07:50 AM
I just got it a few days ago. Used, but in superb condition.

Pros...

Sharp, light, good looking.


Cons...

All Canikons want to play with my Oly now :D


OK, joke to the side. I really started to like this lens and I am a bit ashamed to say, that my 14-52 2.8-3.5 is allready sitting on the shelf for one week without being used :eek:

ikemann
03-25-2009, 08:17 AM
i promised myself i wasn't going to spend any money on cameras this month... aaaaarrrrrgh!

Godfrey
03-25-2009, 08:56 AM
i promised myself i wasn't going to spend any money on cameras this month... aaaaarrrrrgh!

So wait another eight days... ]'-)

ikemann
03-25-2009, 09:53 AM
So wait another eight days... ]'-)

well... payday IS tomorrow. hmm. do i spend half of my salary on more toys? (this is where it is not good to defer to traditionally accepted gender behaviors).

cheers.

GreKom
03-25-2009, 10:38 AM
Do it like me... Watch the ebay, have the cash ready and wait.

Or take a look at the buy sell here on forum.

P.S.: Don't let Olympusmarket (http://myworld.ebay.de/olympusmarket) to rip you off. Their postage is a total ripoff.

The price for sending me the lens from Germany to Slovenia would have been 42 EUR (I payed 6 EUR to the other guy that sold me 35 mm macro also from germany) and the price for Poland is a bit "nicer". Only 26 EUR.

They had some great 35 mm macros for about 115 to 125 EUR.

ikemann
03-25-2009, 02:37 PM
Do it like me... Watch the ebay, have the cash ready and wait.

Or take a look at the buy sell here on forum.

P.S.: Don't let Olympusmarket (http://myworld.ebay.de/olympusmarket) to rip you off. Their postage is a total ripoff.

The price for sending me the lens from Germany to Slovenia would have been 42 EUR (I payed 6 EUR to the other guy that sold me 35 mm macro also from germany) and the price for Poland is a bit "nicer". Only 26 EUR.

They had some great 35 mm macros for about 115 to 125 EUR.

thanks for the advice, grekom. i have been looking around a little bit on ebay (both in poland and the uk). i have noticed that pretty much anything that comes out of germany or italy always has not only an exorbitant price (i was looking at an old olympus c-2500l on ebay.pl from germany and they wanted about 100 euro, plus about 30 euro shipping -- allegro.pl the same camera sold for 70zł, about 15 euro), but also exorbitant shipping.

on the other hand, i have found a chain of photo gear retailers in poland (and perhaps in other countries) called fotojoker which has a pretty good price on the 35mm macro. 777zł it was the other day (maybe 150 euro or so) so i will probably just buy from them. incidentally, they also have the 25mm for the same price. gosh, i really wish i had a bunch of american dollars :).

cheers.

p.s.
i love slovenia -- i spent some time in celje about 4 years ago. great scenery, great people, great vibe.

zymmi
06-17-2009, 04:58 AM
OLYMPUS E-3
ZD 35/3.5

http://oly43club.ru/forum/uploads/1238586972/gallery_6_14_111146.jpg

http://oly43club.ru/forum/uploads/1244163410/gallery_6_235_148871.jpg

http://oly43club.ru (http://oly43club.ru/)

JimBarnaby
06-20-2009, 10:13 AM
It's great to see the love for the little 35mm. Anyone that follows the WCU knows it is my favorite macro lens by far.

Pros

Sharp enough to use with the EC 20 and not be soft.

Inexpensive. I won't say cheap because after 4 years of use, I haven't had any issues. I think I paid $265 in a B/M store.

Weight. It is the lightest lens I own.

Cons

The extreme short working distance at 1-1. I ended up creating the foam ring flash to be able to use 1-1 handheld. The Oly SRF-11 doesn't work so well.

I also have the 50mm and yes it is sharp but if I had to chose between the two, the 50 is out of here.

A few examples of the 35 mm/ EC 20 combo

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k203/denverwingsfan/E%203/macro/P8046972jpg.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k203/denverwingsfan/E%203/macro/8.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k203/denverwingsfan/E%203/macro/O8%20dargonflys%20and%20Damsels/P72268021.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k203/denverwingsfan/E%203/macro/Crab%20spider%20macros/P7146712.jpg

Jim

Lowa2
10-20-2009, 10:40 AM
Amazing shots Jim. Where did the WCU thread go?

BBonte
11-30-2009, 10:32 AM
I want to use this lens with a E 520 and my old OM Ringflash T10 in manual mode for intraoral photography. Any experiences ?

wigpro
12-04-2009, 02:39 PM
I want to use this lens with a E 520 and my old OM Ringflash T10 in manual mode for intraoral photography. Any experiences ?


I use the 35 with a Bower manual ring flash and it works GREAT! Just need to play around a little with exposure, I have found that I am shooting at f22 most of the time, I like to try and balance between available light and fill so you have some color in the back ground, rather than pure black. Just bracket like crazy until you find what you like...

Here are some shots in my Smug Mug that were taken with the 35 and flash, some also with the 70-300. And some just available light...but most of the orchids were using the flash.

http://captjim.smugmug.com/Nature/Flowers/4223548_zjMYm#272356652_SuvHo

http://captjim.smugmug.com/Nature/Flowers/P3302963Rev1/272354282_PdnqW-M.jpg

Good Luck, I am sure you will love the lens and a ring flash is almost a necessity since you have to get so close with that lens you are usually blocking most of the light...

Jim

tracyk859
11-26-2010, 01:21 AM
Thanks for the post.
Hi guys, Im a newbie. Nice to join this forum.