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Olympus 50mm f/2 Macro Zuiko ED



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Olympus 50mm f/2 Macro Zuiko ED


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Owners' rating rating is 4.5
Because of the 2x crop factor of all FourThirds D-SLRs, the Olympus 50mm f/2 offers a slightly narrower field-of-view from some other 50mm lenses.

At 100mm, the Olympus 50mm f/2 Macro Zuiko ED is still a perfectly usable focal length for portraits and not too different to many other 50mm lenses. Doubling as a macro lens (though at a 1:2 reproduction ratio, it’s not ‘true’ macro), there’s a comparatively slow f/2 maximum aperture, though this still produces a nice shallow plane of sharp focus.
It has a sturdy feel and a metal mount to withstand lots of use and there’s a nice large focus ring, the latter having a positive if slightly grating feel in use and taking a lot of turns to focus from near to far, with the front element extending a long way. AF is quite quick and accurate barring very low-contrast subjects, but does whirr a lot.

Street price (body only): £380
Construction: 11 elements in 10 groups
Max aperture: f/2
Min aperture: f/22
Aperture blades: 7
Aperture ring: No
AF/Manual focus switch: No
Autofocus monitor: No
Minimum focus distance: 24cm
Distance window: No
Filter size: 52mm
Dimensions (length x width): 71x62mm
Weight: 300g
Lens mount construction: Metal
Lens mount: FourThirds

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Users' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

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    User's Overall Rating rating is 4.5

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    Performancerating is 5
    Value for moneyrating is 5
    Build qualityrating is 4
    Featuresrating is 4

    I bought it 5 months ago and i am very satisfied with my purchase. I like to use it also as a common lens cause the results are fine for me. Due to its aperture has a great light gathering power and gives me brilliant colour images. It has given me the chance to know and use better my camera. Buy it.

    (Written by: kostis)

    25 October 2009 20:21


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