Olympus Zuiko 35-100mm f/2 Reviews

Nov 6th, 2006dturina

Price Paid

Product Understanding

Time Owned
Less than a week

I tested one of the first prototypes of this lens, as well as one of the first production samples. Its build quality is awesome; it even slightly exceeds the best Canon L telephotos. Optically, it is brilliant, but then again, so is Canon 70-200 f/2.8; lenses like these are expected to be brilliant. It has perfect bokeh, is pin sharp from f/2.8 up and acceptably sharp wide open. Not prone to flare, no geometrical distortions, insignificant CA. Colors and contrast are excellent. It's big and huge, too big for a 70-200, it could use image stabilization, and the price is a bit high, but not unreasonably so, considering what you're getting.
Feb 11th, 2019Bytesmiths

Price Paid
$525 USD

Product Understanding

Time Owned
Less than a year

What an awesome lens! I call it my "bag of primes." Yea, it's big and heavy, but probably not as big and heavy as carrying a half-dozen primes from 35mm to 141mm. (I'm including the use of a teleconverter.)

The "cons" are relatively minor: size and weight (but hey, it's an F2 zoom!), autofocus is a bit noisy, and it is a bit prone to flare.

For me, it's the ultimate "event lens." I use it to shoot conferences. It is perfect for classroom-sized settings, for capturing both individuals and small groups. And with the EC-14 teleconverter, it is very suitable for a dimly-lit, 400-person auditorium.

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