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Olympus OM-Zuiko 200mm f4.0 35mm Primes

4.43/5 (7 Reviews)


  • MPN103540
    Product ID20724755
    Weight18.2 oz
    Length5 in
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance98.4 in
    Diameter2.6 in
    Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Attachment / Filter Size55 mm
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Min Aperturef/32
    Picture Angle12 degrees
    Focal Length200mm
    Groups / Elements5 Elements in 4 Groups
    Lens Max Aperturef/4
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Baker a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2009

Strengths:    Very handleable.
Good performance.
Built in lens hood.


Weaknesses:    None. The limitations of the lens (discussed above) are an acceptable compromise.

Bottom Line:   
This is, on balance, the best 200mm lens for the Olympus OM system. At one time I was able to compare the 200mm f4, the 200mm f5, the 65-200 f4 and the 180mm f2.8 (all Zuiko). I shot the same scene under the same conditions, scanned the negatives and compared them side-by-side. In descending order of sharpness: 200mm f4, 180mm f2.8, 200mm f5, 65-200mm f4. In descending order of chromatic abrerration (colour fringing): 200mm f4, 200mm f5, 65-200mm f4, 180mm f2.8. In general, the 200mm f4 and f5 were similar and better than the other two. The main disadvantage of the 180mm f2.8 was colour fringing. So the 200mm f4 was the best of those I compared. The only other Zuiko in this focal length range, the 180mm f2, no doubt has the best performance of all but I would not consider it on the grounds of its weight and cost. I also researched the Tamron 180mm f2.5. It is reportedly sharper than the 200mm f4 and the use of ED glass corrects for chromatic aberrations. However, photos taken with this lens and displayed on the web show poor bokeh, out-of-focus highlights having an unattractive ring-like appearance. More research on the web indicated that ring-like bokeh is associated with a lens design in which the spherical abreerration is over-corrected. It seems that too much emphasis on correcting spherical aberration can lead to the poor ring-like bokeh!
Well, the end result of my investigation was the conclusion that, on balance (taking into account performance, cost, weight and size), the 200mm f4 lens was the best.
On a more practical note, I've had the lens for about 15 years and have been very pleased with it. The lens is sharp, sharp enough for 50cm x 30cm prints, the largest I can handle in my darkroom. The out-of-focus background is indeed pleasing and chromatic aberration (colour fringing) is rarely noticeable and in any case do not detract from the image. It's only in the last few years I carried out my investigations convinced myself that this lens is in fact the best available!

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   second hand dealer,

Similar Products Used:   The 65-200mm f4. It handles like the 200mm f4 but it does not have quite the performance. I also tried out the 180mm f2.8. It's a lot heavier but is still quite handleable. As I said in the Review, the main drawback is distinct chromatic aberration. Only consider this lens if you need the larger aperture.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Oly Boy a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2008

Strengths:    Wonderful to use, Sharp and built like they should be. Very comforting weight in the hand. Slide out lens hood works like a charm.

Weaknesses:    None~

Bottom Line:   
This lens just feels so right! It's just that little bit more solid and reassuring to use than it's smaller f5 cousin. It's also WAY easier to focus and just a lot nicer to use in general. Mine isn't stellar at f4 but stopped down to 5.6 its as good as they come. I can't stop using this lens! Just the right working distance with head and shoulder shots to be discrete. Brilliant for isolating subjects and ...Oh I could go on and on about this jewel of a lens! The build quality is a revelation after the 'orrible modern plastic stuff. If you are thinking about buying one and enjoy manuel focus just do it!

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $179.00

Purchased At:   Auction

Similar Products Used:   Most of the OM and Nikon line.



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ethanl a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2005

Strengths:    Build quality, generous multicoated optics, built in lens hood.

Weaknesses:    Needs supporting for those critical pictures.

Bottom Line:   
My Zuiko 200mm f4 was purchased new in 1994, to replace some inexpensive and poorly built third pary zooms I had just parted with. And what a pleasant suprise the Zuiko was! After using poor quality something to 200 zooms, my first set of pictures from the Zuiko were a refreshing change - sharp, contrasty, nice out of focus bits. I find it a useful travel lens, as it is small enough to go in a jacket pocket. The down side is that it seems to need some form of support, or pictures can be a bit blurred. For best results, I tend to use either a bean bag or tripod. Used at F8, and on a tripod, the results are close to perfect.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $210.00

Purchased At:   Jessops

Similar Products Used:   Hanimex something to 200 telezoom which fell to pieces - it cannot be compared to a Zuiko really. Vivitar telezoom - good build quality but mediocre optics.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stephen Scharf a Intermediate from Albany, CA

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2002

Strengths:    Compact and light for a 200mm telephoto. Standard Zuiko, that is to say, excellent, very sharp and constrasty images. Shoot this lens with Provia 100 and you will see what I mean. Typically superb Olympus build quality.

Weaknesses:    None.t

Bottom Line:   
Another fine Zuiko lens. I bought it to fill out my line of Zuiko lenses for my OM-1N's. Very versatile, useful for everything from candid portraits, landscape or wildlife, to motorsports photography. Reasonably fast for a 200. I probably paid a bit too much for mine compared to the eBay average, but this lens is in like new condition, and is one of the newer, multi-coated lenses. Focus ring racks out smoothly and the lens shade move nicely but stays put. A keeper for sure.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $190.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Soligor 200 mm f3.5. This wasn't as well made and is *200* grams heavier than the Zuiko (that's almost half a pound!).2

Type of photography:   Sports


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Philip Canard a Expert from Sherman

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2001

Strengths:    Light, fast for it's size, compact, rugged, sharp, low flare into the sun for a single-coated lens. Photos show no distortion that I can tell. Built-in lens hood. Easy to use and one of the best general purpose telephotos.

Weaknesses:    The built-in lens hood slides loosely now and a double layer of scotch tape around the barrel was necessary to keep the hood extended when the lens was held vertically. Cheap and quick fix.

Bottom Line:   
Very nice and compact lens. Operates very smoothly and takes great photos, even though it is one of the early silver nose models that is only single coated.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $111.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Canon 200mm f4

Type of photography:   Outdoor



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