Olympus's 35-100mm f2, sharper than primes?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Rich, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. Rich

    Rich Guest

    Response Photo, the French mag. tested this $4000+ lens as well as
    Pentax's highly regarded 40mm f2.8 pancake lens. The Olympus scored
    higher than the Pentax (no, they weren't against each other) but it
    would seem to indicate the Olympus zoom is pretty awesome.
    I don't recall seeing recently any lens test as high as it did.
    Rich, Mar 19, 2006
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    Paul Furman Guest

    I would expect a $4000 lens to perform better than a $300 lens.
    Paul Furman, Mar 19, 2006
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    Rich Guest

    Actually, the Olympus goes for around $2100 in the U.S., the Pentax
    (I think) is around $500.00, but it apparently has tighter tolerances
    than other Pentax lenses.
    Rich, Mar 20, 2006
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    tomm42 Guest

    A better test would have been up against the 80-200 (approx) Canon or
    Nikon, or the 135 f2 (which rates about as close to perfect as any
    lens) Nikon, or the 85 f1.8 Nikon. That said Olympus seems to have made
    some nice lenses. But $2100 for a lens of that range seems excessive.

    tomm42, Mar 20, 2006
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    Rich Guest

    Someone suggested that they are likely to sell few compared to Canon
    and Nikon so their lenses (when produced to that level of quality)
    cost more. For eg. Their 300mm f2.8 is around $6000.
    Rich, Mar 21, 2006
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    D-Mac Guest

    Along with my Canon DSLRs I have some E series Olympus cameras originally
    bought for continuous event shooting. I have a great admiration for Olympus
    as a lens maker but less for their choice of sensor suppliers. Anyway... x2
    crop factor is appropriate. The 35 -100 is actually a 70 - 200 image area
    lens. This produces no vignetting, something the Canon 70 -200 does when
    fitted to a 5D or the original film bodies it was designed for.

    The 300 f/2.8 is comparable in image area to a 600 mm lens and priced
    favourably when compared to Canon's 600 f/2.8. I think the cost of $2100 for
    a lens with the crop area of 70 - 200 and producing prime quality results
    with f/2.8 iris, competes favourably with a Canon 70 - 200 which is less
    than ideal for all Canon's DSLRs priced at $1900.

    Considering Olympus made the right decision in producing lenses of
    comparable image area to popular ones in the market place and were not
    hampered by backwards compatibility like Canon are, the offerings from
    Olympus only need to gain a sensor nearly equal to other makers to gain a
    huge share of the market. The Panasonic sensor in the E330 is a step in the
    right direction.
    D-Mac, Mar 21, 2006
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    Paul Murray Guest

    Is that actually tested?
    Other Olympus 4/3rds lenses (such as the 55-200) actually have quite
    significant vignetting, per the photozone tests.
    Paul Murray, Mar 21, 2006
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    Skip M Guest

    The Oly 35-100 is actually a little larger than the Canon 70-200, and uses
    the same size filter, so I'd be surprised if it produced any significant
    vignetting. After all, it's cropping out a smaller chunk of the image
    circle than the Canon 20D does out of the equivalent lens. And the 70-200
    produces little discernable light fall off on the 5D, as it is.
    Skip M, Mar 22, 2006
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