Olympus OM-Zuiko 65-200mm f4.0 35mm Zoom

OM-Zuiko 65-200mm f4.0

User Reviews (7)

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Paul   Casual [Aug 10, 2003]
Strength:

Solid , good bokeh , no lens creep.

Weakness:

Rotating front element .

This was the first lens I bought to go with an OM10 19 years ago . It still works perfectly on my OM4t, even after being dropped onto stone from about 1m - just left a slight dent in the lens hood . Out performed a friends new canon 100-300mm zoom ; sharper , punchier pictures with better background. Constant aperture throughout the zoom range - quite bright , especially with 2-4 screen.

Similar Products Used: Sigma 75-300mm apo
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
AniWiggins   Casual [May 20, 2003]
Strength:

One-touch focusing is ideal for quick composing needed in wildlife or sports photography. Easy to use, excellent range makes it incredibly versatile, quality construction makes it durable and reliable.

Weakness:

Hard to find and often pricey; rotation of lens in focusing makes polarized filters hard to use. A little heavy to carry around for hours on end but worth the results.

I purchased this lens in an amazing deal for my "first camera" about four years ago. I now own 7 Zuiko lenses and one other 800-1200 mm zoom; the 65-200 mm is still my favorite and gets the most usage, bar none. It is easy to handle, and works very well for hand-held or monopod-supported shooting. It is not what I would select for macro work due to its size and weight. The one-touch focusing is a dream and the lens doesn't "drift" out of place when setting up a shot. Results with this lens have always been very clear and precise; I've never had any camera shake problems with it. I cannot believe my fortune in picking up such good optics for a first serious camera--the quality is just as good or better than it is reputed to be.

Customer Service

N/A

Similar Products Used: Zuiko 75 - 150 mm f/4. More limited range, gets a lot less usage.
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5
VALUE
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5
jonequinn   Expert [Jul 17, 2002]
Strength:

versatility, sharpness, chrome saturation,easy to use with macro setting.

Weakness:

none

this is a true great lens.

Customer Service

none

Similar Products Used: zuiko 50-250mm/5
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Philip Canard   Expert [Feb 16, 2002]
Strength:

The contrast is very high, similar to a good prime lens. There is very little flare when shooting in situations with bright lights. It zooms and focuses with little effort, yet there is no lens creep when held vertically. Very high quality construction. I''m sure this lens cost a lot when new. More zoom range than the Nikkor or Canon 80-200mm zooms. Almost no rectilinear distortion at the lower zoom range.

Weakness:

There is pincushion distortion at the high zoom range, which is in every other fast zoom lens of this type I have ever checked. The front element turns when focusing, so using a polarizing filter is more trouble. Not for the person that uses a tripod a lot. Get the 85-250mm two-touch zoom instead if that is your intended purpose.

I just got prints back that were taken on my ski trip, and I am very impressed with the quality of images. This is an excellent lens for those who will primarily use it for handheld shots. There is no tripod collar and the lens is too heavy to expect the camera''s tripod mount to support the weight. This is an action lens for sports, wildlife, travel, and candid photography where you want to capture the image before it gets away. It is a one-touch lens that focuses and zooms very fast. A well practiced photographer could probably do the job about as well and fast as a person using an autofocus lens. The fast f4 aperture along with the new fast films makes it a top choice for lower light situations. The f-stop is constant as you zoom, so it is much easier to calculate flash settings, and it allows the use of a simple auto flash such as the Vivitar 283 or Sunpak 383 Super. The close focus feature at 200mm allows you to get full-frame slides of things like hummingbirds without resorting to an extension tube or diopter lens.

Customer Service

Available from Camtech, if it is ever needed, at www.zuiko.com. This lens is worth a repair bill if it is ever needed.

Similar Products Used: This is the only Zuiko zoom that I own, but I will probably get the 28-48mm or 35-105mm later on.
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
worldosft   Intermediate [Sep 21, 2001]
Strength:

Compact, well made to hold up in the field, one touch zoom with NO lens creep when held verticle, VERY sharp, great color saturation, handles like a dream.

Weakness:

The front element rotates when you focus. No longer made so you must buy this lens used. If you can find one in like-new condition for under $200, BUY IT!

This is a great lens. Compact but very well made....very strong mechanicals. It''s a versitile lens that gives sharp images as a macro, normal, or telephoto.

Customer Service

Not available and not needed.

Similar Products Used: Vivitar Series 1 and a variety of other lenses made by second party manufacturers, all junk compared to the Zuiko 65-200. The only Zoom in this range that compares favorabley is the Nikon 80-200 AIS.
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
John Prosper   Intermediate [Dec 28, 1999]
Model Reviewed: OM-Zuiko 65-200mm f4.0
Strength:

Convenient zoom with 3X ratio. Solid construction.

Weakness:

Macro facility involves too much compromise in sharpness.

Okay system for general work. However, I have been frustrated in my attempts to use this lens as a critically sharp close up unit. Like most zooms, the close up facility is severely compromised. Ended up selling it to help finance my purchase of Zuiko 90/2 macro.

Customer Service

N/A

Similar Products Used: Vivitar Series 1 70-210/3.5 (Filter size 62mm)
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
James Mueller   Intermediate [Nov 19, 1999]
Model Reviewed: OM-Zuiko 65-200mm f4.0
Strength:

The Zuiko 65-200mm F/4 zoom is a well-made and compact lens in the Zuiko tradition. It's incredibley sharp and quite fast at f/4. There is NO plastic on this lens!

Weakness:

None

The Olympus Zuiko 65-200mm f/4 is a wonderful lens. It's very versitile, VERY well made, and very sharp. It's a one touch zoom with excellent zoom and focus movement with no creep, what so ever. Unfortunately, it's no longer manufactured by Olympus/Zuiko. However, you can still find them on the used market in nearly mint condition. This lens would make a great companion to the new Olympus OM2000.

Customer Service

None ever needed!

Similar Products Used: Nikkor 80-200 zoom
Kiron 70-210
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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