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Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 mm f/3.5 Macro

28 September 2011
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • excellent image resolution in the centre and on the edge of the frame across the whole aperture range,
  • negligible chromatic aberration,
  • low distortion,
  • very low coma,
  • very low astigmatism,
  • vignetting perfectly controlled,
  • very good price/quality ratio.

Cons:

  • weak work of autofocus.

If you want to be laconic you can say we deal here with a splendid instrument. Elaborating a little bit you can try to complain about the average autofocus accuracy but such a flaw can be made less painful by a very affordable price of the lens. If you pay 210 $ you should hardly demand more – apart from the autofocus, the tested lens is simply beyond reproach. Honestly, if you are an amateur photographer who owns an Olympus reflex camera, you should seriously consider buying this lens – we definitely recommend it. A standard fixed focal lens, sharp across the whole frame, even when wide open, and allowing you to shoot macro photos to boot, is a piece of equipment no photographer would spurn.

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Sample shots:

Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 mm f/3.5 Macro - Summary Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 mm f/3.5 Macro - Summary Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 mm f/3.5 Macro - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-510
Parameters: 35 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/150 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3648x2736 pix, 6.6 MB
Camera: Olympus E-510
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/60 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3648x2736 pix, 6.3 MB
Camera: Olympus E-510
Parameters: 35 mm, f/11.0, exp. 1/60 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3648x2736 pix, 6.1 MB
Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 mm f/3.5 Macro - Summary Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 mm f/3.5 Macro - Summary Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 mm f/3.5 Macro - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-510
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3648x2736 pix, 6.5 MB
Camera: Olympus E-510
Parameters: 35 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/125 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3648x2736 pix, 5.3 MB
Camera: Olympus E-510
Parameters: 35 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3648x2736 pix, 6.3 MB
Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 mm f/3.5 Macro - Summary Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 mm f/3.5 Macro - Summary Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 mm f/3.5 Macro - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-510
Parameters: 35 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3648x2736 pix, 6.8 MB
Camera: Olympus E-510
Parameters: 35 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3648x2736 pix, 6.9 MB
Camera: Olympus E-510
Parameters: 35 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3648x2736 pix, 7.1 MB
Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 mm f/3.5 Macro - Summary Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 mm f/3.5 Macro - Summary Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 mm f/3.5 Macro - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-510
Parameters: 35 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/50 s, ISO 400
File: JPG, 3648x2736 pix, 5.5 MB
Camera: Olympus E-510
Parameters: 35 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3648x2736 pix, 6.4 MB
Camera: Olympus E-510
Parameters: 35 mm, f/6.3, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3648x2736 pix, 6.1 MB



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