Olympus OM-Zuiko 100mm f2.0 35mm Primes

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OM-Zuiko 100mm f2.0

User Reviews (10)

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astrofilms   Intermediate [Oct 21, 2007]
Strength:

Extremely fast for a 100mm prime lens at f2.0. The colors are beyond words and better described in a photograph. Has semi macro capability at .7 meters. Sharp as a tack, beautiful color rendition and unbelievable soft bokeh!

Weakness:

Impossible to find and too expensive - ultra rare!!

This is the most magificent portrait lens I have ever owned for the 35mm (24 X 36mm format film) SLR camera. This lens is a fine example of Japanese lens craftmanship. This lens was designed back in the mid 1980's and was decades ahead of other rival lenses. The quality of the Olympus OM Zuiko f2.0 is very near that of medium format sharpness! Beautiful color rendition and buttery soft bokeh. I have used the slower Zuiko 100mm f2.8 lens and it pales in comparison to this lens. This is one of the very few Zuiko lenses that were "ED" in the Olympus OM line and it was one of only two ED lenses at 100mm or below focal length - the other lens was the equally rare (and expensive) Zuiko 35-80mm f2.8 ED. Today ED lenses are now in almost all the lenses of the Olympus Zuiko four thirds digtal line. "ED" stands for Extra Low Dispersion and refers to glass that was either specially formulated or contained special 'rare earth' elements to achieve more colors on the focal plane from the color spectrum. A fantastic lens for portraiture, still life or nature.

Customer Service

none needed

Similar Products Used: Carl Zeiss Jenazoom 70-300mm for Olympus OM, Olympus OM Zuiko 100mm f2.8, Olympus OM Zuiko 18mm f3.5, Zuiko 21mm f3.5, Zuiko 50mm f1.4
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5
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5
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mark liszkowski   Expert [Sep 13, 2002]
Strength:

-useful focal length for portraits and scenery details; -optical quality is superb (contrast, sharpness, color) (better than my Canon EF 135mm f2.0??) -solid and reliable

Weakness:

built in hood a little small but get's the job done. Prices are climbing fast, discontinued, hard to find used.

Impressed by other Zuiko lenses, internet searches indicated that this 100mm f2.0 lens is a true performer. Nothing but praise on discussion group postings and user reviews. Found a new one at B&H (very hard to find any used ones). Impressive by its solid feel, viewfinder brightness, and optical quality. Developped pictures in 8x10 have medium format sharpness. Color reproduction is excellent, contrast and bokeh as well are superb. It stays permanently on one of my OM1n cameras.

Customer Service

not used

Similar Products Used: canon 100mm, 135mm zuiko 100mm f2.8, 135mm f2.8
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5
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5
daneskye   Intermediate [May 10, 2002]
Strength:

sharp, contrast. Solid build. This lens will work 30 years from now!!!

Weakness:

none

This is the finest lens I have ever used or owned. The first time you pick this lens up you will fall in love with it! It has a great feel in the hand and mounted on the camera. It is sharp, sharp, sharp!! Nice contrast too. This is a true jewel no matter what camera you own. Use this on a OM-4Ti and you will never, ever want to use a Canon again!! My wife has both an old AE-1 and a new EOS system, they look, feel, and are junk next to this Olympus setup! Such a shame Olympus has ended the OM line. Long live Zuiko!

Customer Service

n/a

Similar Products Used: 9 Zuiko primes Canon FD glass Canon EOS glass Pentax K mounts
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5
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5
jmuldoon1   Professional [Jan 28, 2002]
Strength:

Insane sharpness, great color contrast and saturation.

Weakness:

Insane sharpness (sometimes just too d*** sharp for portraits).

Sharpest medium-telephoto lens I''ve ever used, including the Leitz 100 2.8 Macro and the Nikon 105 2.5

Customer Service

Hasn''t needed it.

Similar Products Used: Leitz 100 2.8 Macro, Nikon 105 2.5
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5
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5
Warren Kato   Intermediate [Dec 26, 1999]
Model Reviewed: OM-Zuiko 100mm f2.0
Strength:

Sharp, versatile, close-focusing. Great for landscapes or portraits. Can get quasi-macro with extension tubes with little or no loss in sharpness. Very pretty bokeh.

Weakness:

Weight, but this is function of lens speed.

Sharp, contrasty, usuable wide open, good bokeh and an all-around great lens.

Customer Service

Not needed.

Similar Products Used: Zuiko 100/2.8, Vivitar 90/2.8, Sigma 90/2.8, & Tamron 90/2.5. Aside from macro, the 100/2 is the best of the above.
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5
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5
Mike Johnston   Expert [Dec 17, 1999]
Model Reviewed: OM-Zuiko 100mm f2.0
Strength:

None

Weakness:

None

It must be relatively easy to design great short teles because I know of a lot of them. This is one of the best. "Sweet bokeh" is right; but it's blazingly sharp in the plane of focus too. And yes, fully usable wide open. A really nice lens. Focuses very close, too. If you shoot Olympus, you should not deprive yourself either of this or of the 90/2 macro.

Similar Products Used: None
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5
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4
Michael Makarewicz   Intermediate [May 10, 2001]
Strength:

easy focusing in low light conditions, pin sharp, focusing range

Weakness:

heavy

I do most of my photos using this lens: portraits and some "macro"/close-up work on still objects. In combination with OM-4Ti it weights 1kg, but handling is still great. Highly recommended.

Customer Service

I let clean my lenses one in a while (some dust penetrates to the inner part of lenses). The service people are polite and fast.

Similar Products Used: Minolta 135/2.8
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5
VALUE
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5
Paul Schings   Intermediate [Aug 17, 1999]
Model Reviewed: OM-Zuiko 100mm f2.0
Strength:

Fast, incredibly sharp, focuses close, works great with extension tubes (includes floating rear elements for close focus correction), very sweet bokeh; great for portraits

Weakness:

big, heavy and expensive

Wonderful, versatile lens

Similar Products Used: None
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5
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4
c. meads   [Sep 13, 1999]
Model Reviewed: OM-Zuiko 100mm f2.0
Strength:

wonderful lens. Can be shot wide open with no loss of sharpness. Long focusing throw for pinpoint accuracy.

Weakness:

None

One of the finest lens I've used. Incredible sharpness and resolution.

Similar Products Used: None
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5
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5
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