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    Default Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 35mm f3.5 -Standard -macro

    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
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    Default Fourthirdsphoto review

    Our own mini review including pictures, and test.

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    Default Other reviews online:

    Other reviews online. ... If you see one, add it to the user section and I will place it in here.

    review here.

    Jamie's 35mm test gallery.

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    Default Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    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&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

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    Default Re:Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    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!!!

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    Default Re:Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    I love that lens from what you\'ve shown me.....
    I'm nobody's fool. I can do it all on my own.

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    Default Re:Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    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.




    (Click on photos for a larger picture)
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    Default Re:Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    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!

    Tony

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    Default Re:Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    Excellent quality for its price. I want it! Thanks for pictures MattO!

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    Default Re:Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    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.


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    Ex-Oly shooter now a Canonite. Way too much gear and not near enough talent.

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    Default Re:Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    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

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    Default Re:Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    But it IS less than half the price of that 50/2....
    I'm nobody's fool. I can do it all on my own.

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    Default Re:Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    MattO,

    Did you use a tripod for these examples?
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    Default Re: Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Wagner
    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

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    Default Re: Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    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...

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    Default Re: Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by handz
    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

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    Default Re: Zuiko 35mm Macro Lens

    Thank you very much MattO! looking forward on your photos!

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    Default 35/3,5 macro

    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):



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



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



    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:



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



    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

    /Jörgen
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    Default Re: 35/3,5 macro

    Thanks Jörgen.

    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.
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    Default Re: 35/3,5 macro

    Thanks Jens. I just edited some typos and added a few things to the review.

    /Jörgen
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    Default Re: 35/3,5 macro

    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/

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

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    Default Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro

    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 ø52mm.
    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...oducts=166&L=1

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

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

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    Default Re: 35mm f3.5 Macro

    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
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    Default Re: 35/3,5 macro

    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

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