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Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Telephoto Macro ED Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras
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- Specially treated to shed water droplets, and engineered to withstand the rigorous demands of professional use
- Designed to capitalize on the design advantages of the OLYMPUS Four Thirds System
- Large f/2.0 aperture, with minimum weight and bulk
- 50mm range -- equivalent to 100mm in conventional 35mm photography
- For use with the OLYMPUS E-1 and other Four Thirds Series Digital SLR Cameras, as specified
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||LH-43|
|Compatible Mountings||Four Thirds|
|Image Stabilization||Via camera body|
|Included Components||50mm f2.0 Zuiko Digital Macro Lens, Lens Hood|
|Item Dimensions||2.8 x 2.8 x 2.44 inches|
|Item Weight||0.66 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.20 m|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||FourThirds|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||11|
|Number of Groups||10|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.2 pounds|
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|Compatible Mountings||Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds||Information not provided||Micro Four Thirds|
|Dimensions||2.8 inches x 2.44 inches x 2.8 inches||2.2 inches x 3.23 inches x 2.2 inches||4.25 inches x 6.25 inches x 4.5 inches||2.24 inches x 1.97 inches x 2.24 inches|
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|Min Focal Length||50 mm||60 mm||35 mm||14 mm|
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- Focal length: 50mm
- Maximum aperture: f/2.0
- Lens construction: 11 elements in 10 groups, including 1 ED glass element
- Angle of view: 24 degrees
- Closest focusing distance: 9.45 inches
- Maximum image magnification: 0.52x
- Minimum field size: 33.3 x 25mm
- Number of blades: 7
- Minimum aperture: f/22
- Filter size: 52mm
- Tele converter: EC-14
- Extension tube: EX-25
- Lens hood: LH-55
- Lens cap: LC-52
- Lens case: LSC-0814
- Dimensions: 2.8 inches in diameter and 2.4 inches long
- Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Warranty: 1 year
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Top Customer Reviews
Before purchasing this lens you should read some literature. You don't need to be a lens expert - but know what "MTF" means. MTF is modulation transfer function. It is a qualty by which lenses are judged. The more linear the plot, the better the odds you've bought a winner. Olympus and Cannon both publish their MTF plots of their "BETTER" quality lenses. They don't publish the plots of the "included in the box" lenses. For good reason. You can analyze them on a machine if you have a lab and discover they resemble a rollercoaster and not a horizontal line like you would prefer.
Google MTF LENS modulation transfer function and you'll be on your way - then visit OLY's website and click on the MTF curves on this lens. You'll see why it is so well thought of.
Now let's talk Zoom. Remember your old 35mm camera. If you wanted a closeup, you walked towards the person. A wide angle meant walking backwards, mindful of the pool, traffic, etc. The zoom lens eliminated some of this to the extent of its focal length. This is not a zoom lens.Read more ›
It literally is a perfect lens.
Makes for great portraits (probably my favorite use for the lens) due to the 100mm equivalent focal length and the great depth-of-field control and appealing out-of-focus rendition.
Makes for great macros, for the same reasons but up close. Add the extension tube for true 1:1, otherwise 1:2 is great for most everything close other than "true macro."
My only complaint is that it's just a tad long for general use - 4/3 really needs a Zuiko 25mm normalish prime (as in, something cheaper than the Leica 25mm f/1.4, which is also an excellent lens) of the same quality as this lens.
But for what it is -- a 100mm-equivalent lens -- it is, without question, optically perfect. Don't even hesitate to buy it, you'll wish you had got it sooner.
(Edit: I know I have said nothing negative in this review, and that may lead you to think it's "unhelpful". So, for the record, the biggest problem with the lens is the focusing speed, which is a little sub-par, and makes a strange noise. It's not terrible, just sometimes gets in the way. Also, in low light, if you miss focus it can go all the way out to macro and back in before it finds it, as there is no focus limiter. Not a huge problem, just know how to focus on contrast or use MF in pitch black. That said, the most helpful thing I can say about the lens is that it's superb and a must-buy, sorry if that comes across as unhelpful ;-)
Now for its new digital E-series cameras, Olympus has introduced a 50mm f2 macro lens which follows in the wake of its legendary predecessors, offering this time ED glass for maximum contrast and resolution at all apertures. The June 2006 issue of Popular Photography has an exemplary review of this lens, noting that it is indeed a superlative performer, among the finest macro lenses currently available for digital SLRs. It also notes that the magnification ratio of this lens without an additional focusing tube is actually 1:1.6, NOT 1:2 as stated in the lens's manual. And since Olympus adheres to a 4:3 image ratio, then the equivalent focal length of this 50mm f2 lens for a 35mm film SLR camera is 90mm. Those interested in both macro photography and using a superb portrait lens for head-and-shoulder portraits, will find this 50mm lens an important addition to their Olympus E-series kit.
I think many people with the E-500 are in the same situation, they get the kit lenses, but grow out of them pretty fast. I find that the bigger aperture is worth the money. I find that I'm using the fixed focal length macro over my kit zoom lens. It's more work to frame, but the depth of field and sharpness are much better than the kit lens.
I was strongly considering the other 30mm (which is a lot cheaper), but I decided on the 50mm because (1) f/2 vs f/3.5 is a BIG difference and (2) 50mm gives you enough working room for most compositions. I highly recommend this lens, though it is pretty expensive for an amateur photographer, you're going to get a lot more out of it!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cats meow! Razor blade sharp images from this lens and fast. You will not be disappointed with the images. This is a keeper.Published 1 month ago by Peter T
As with all of my other Olympus lenses, quality and function is fabulous.Published 3 months ago by Todd Barrick
Any large-aperture lens yields really nice portrait photos. I wish I had gone for a 20-25 mm though. I have to stand pretty far away from my subject (> 10 ft.) with this lens.Published 12 months ago by Mikey Boy
Wide open aperture at 2.0
Macro shots are amazing with it. The autofocus really helps. Read more
The best purchase I've ever made from Olympus! This lens is AMAZING!!! It not only makes fantastic macros, but also beautiful portraits. This is a MUST HAVE if you use an olympus! Read morePublished 14 months ago by D.K. Pierce
This has been an awesome lens. Fast and sharp. It lives up to Zuiko's well known quality standard in every way.Published 17 months ago by S. Law