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Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200 mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD

Manufacturer Olympus
Model Zuiko Digital ED 50-200 mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 50 - 200 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8 - 3.5
Angle of view 24 - 6.2 o
Closest focusing distance 1.2 m
Maximum magnification 1:4.8
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type SWD
Lens Construction 16 elements / 15 groups
Filter diameter 67 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Four Thirds
Dimensions 86.5 x 157 mm
Weight 995 g
Additional information Internal focusing, splash and dust proof, tripod adapter included
Average rating (5 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (5)
  1. Jan Steinman
    Jan Steinman 1 May 2017, 21:30
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    IP 24.69.x.x
    Owner since: 6 years
    Price: $640 used
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Lens hood mount is different than the older model, means you cannot use the RF-11 ring flash with it, even though the Olympus website says you can. Big and heavy for micro four-thirds use. A bit too much plastic for my taste, although sturdily done.

    Pros: Sharp, fast, quick focusing, looks \"professional.\"

    Summary: An all-around great lens, made greater on the latest micro four-thirds bodies (via adapter) with 5.5 stops of image stabilization. I never would have dreamed I could hand-hold a 400mm (equivalent) at 1/60th!

  2. trm42
    trm42 15 December 2010, 20:20
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    IP 88.112.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 1070 euros
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Lack of focusing range limiter (ie. < 3m, > 3m, > 7m...) Looks somewhat plastic and lame without the lens hood :D

    Pros: Incredible focal length (50-200 means 100-400mm compared to full frame systems) Weather sealing Amazing IQ Great contrast and color handling Size Weight At least decent focusing speed, usually better =) Mounting collar is good Lens hood is big enough 50@100mm f2.8 is suitable for portraits

    Summary: This is one those lenses you will fall in love. The results with this lens makes me use it for situations the focal length isn't really suitable (like tight indoors and such). Amazing piece of glass design! With this lens design the in-body image stabilization really shows its strengths.

  3. Chuck-a-Duck
    Chuck-a-Duck 2 May 2010, 07:49
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    IP 70.36.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: $767 USD
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: A little heavy and the lens hood is enormous, but using a monopod seems to help take the load off.

    Pros: Super sharp resolution and tack sharp focusing. Excellent DOF with wide open appetures. Extremely fast and quiet focusing. Water and dust resistant.

    Summary: This lens is a gem and I use it quite often for sporting events, nature, wildlife, macros, and portraits. The 50-200mm is a perfect match with the 12-60mm and together they cover 95% of the shooting that I do.

  4. Mark
    Mark 15 December 2009, 22:21
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    IP 61.8.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 800
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Size, speed, price, performance

    Pros: extends with focal length, aperture reduces with focal length

    Summary: Love this lens, works great with a 25mm ext tube for close ups, good in low light and for portraits

  5. Jon S.
    Jon S. 6 June 2009, 09:18
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    IP 68.149.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: $1200
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Bigger and heavier than the 40-150mm kit lens but absolutly worth it.

    Pros: Perfect match for the 12-60mm. The two of them cover 24-400mm equivalent and are both very good lenses.

    Summary: The 12-60mm and the 50-200mm are the two best reasons for owning Olympus. Small very high quality lenses.

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