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Zuiko ultra-wideangle lenses - 24mm f/2.8 - PART TWO

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H. Zuiko Auto-W 24mm f/2.8 ultra-wideangle lense

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I don't think anyone would dispute the fact that Zuiko 24mm f/2.0 is a very high quality Zuiko wideangle lense, but when boils down to real life practicality, the slower lens speed 24mm f/2.8 lense is even more appealing to a larger group pf users because most often, affordability does influenced an investment decision. With the ever improving quality and film speed of modern film types, I think most people can live without an extra f-stop gain in maximum aperture as long an equivalent high performing optic is there to make a comparison in cost. In such case, Zuiko 24mm f/2.8 fits such a demanding requirement and expectation from users and it is a Zuiko best seller at 24mm focal length.

The lense is a cheaper and lighter alternative to the Zuiko f/2.0 counterpart. It offers similar super wide-angle characteristic. It produces sharp, high contrast images with minimal flare even shooting in unfavourable lighting (such as backlit scenes) which makes this extremely compact Zuiko optical gem a favorite lense for ultra-wideangle photography. It terms of size and weight - this Zuiko wideangle is one of the lightest and most compact in its class.

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Davis Creek, Harriman State Park, New York An interesting example of the effect you can get with moving water and a long (about 30 seconds) exposure. Taken late in the fall season, right around sunset. Equipment: Olympus OM-4 Zuiko 24mm f2.8 81B filter Film: Fuji Velvia

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Other than its underlying strength in size, weight and be able to deliver top class image quality, perhaps price plays the most important element which contributes to its wide spread popularity than other Zuiko 24mm lenses. This highly portable Zuiko ultra-wide is almost halved in price over the comparing 24mm f/2.0 equivalent (retailed new at a list price between USD290.00-320.00 (Used/mint: USD220.00-250.00) while the 24mm f/2.0 has a list price (new) between the range of USD680.00 -755.00)*. Source: * Macbroom's Camera Blue Book by Amherst Media, Inc. which makes it an even more logical alternative 24mm ultrawide in particular to most leisure photographers. Optically, this retrofocus Zuiko 24mm f/2.8 wideangle lense consists of 8 elements in 7 groups design and matches in its close focusing ability as the f/2.0 counterpart down to 0.25m (0.8 ft) and it merely weighs 180g as compared to 275g of the f/2.0 ! Well, generally, as OM 35mm system components as a whole is a very compact photographic system and it makes little sense to complaint anything about in relation to the portability factor this lense provides.

The overall compactness contributes the use of standard OM 49mm filters and enables a wider compatibility with other filter-attached OM system accessories. Combining its moderately fast maximum lens speed and 84° wide picture angle, making it a good lense for handling interiors, location and scenery shooting. It is a good all round and multi-purpose Zuiko wideangle lense.

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In terms of lense handling, as most of the key elements adopting a standard OM lense configuration, most OM users should be feel at home in easily picking up all its control/features and applying to their photography. Despite the wide filed of view the lense generates, the strong rendition of perspective can be controlled quite easily. But more importantly, other than including a wider scope of background information with its wide angle of view, photographically, this lense will still permit the photographer to maintain a close visual relationship with the subject he intends to shoot - an element useful for photojournalism, reportage or news photography. Although it may not be a perfect lense as with other moderate wideangle falls on 28mm or 35mm for shooting PR photography as edges of the frame may projects some form of streching distortion to human figures. Generally, among the many possible complementary elements in a typical good picture, for an example people, surrounding and the environment can be easily established in a photograph with a lense type such as the 24mm Nikkor. Here, depth of field again becomes an important element in bringing together the components within an image. As all MF Zuiko lenses have great physical design in their handling and equally excellent illustrations of secondary visual aid for photographer such as DOF scales, making lenses at 24mm focal length an even more practical wideangle in their assignments. The depth of field scales are in particular useful for quick visual reference to determine selection of aperture values to suit individual needs.


Older Version: H Zuiko AUTO-W 24mm f/2.8
Current Version:
Zuiko 24mm f/2.8
Focal length
: 24mm
Lens construction: 7 groups, 8 elements
Angles of view: Diagonal: 84°
Distance scale: (m) 0.25m to infinity (
Focusing: Helicoid
Apertures & Minimum photographic range: f/16 - f/2.8; 24cm x 16cm
Diaphragm: Automatic
Filter size
: 49mm
Length: 31mm
Weight: 185g (6.5 oz) (Older version weighs at 180g (6.3oz)
Recommended Focusing Screens: 1:1*, 1:2**, 1:3*, 1:4*, 1:5# 1:10*, 1:13*, 1:14*
*Compatible. Focusing and exposure accuracy remains # Can be used, they provide accurate focusing but exposure error may occur in manual mode for OM1 and OM2 series models. Compatible. Focusing and exposure accuracy remains. ** Compatible, Focusing and exposure accuracy remains intact but microprism, corners of the screen and split image may darken. # Compatible with OM-1(n) and Om-2(n), may be used on OM-3(ti) and OM-4(ti) or equivalent, they provide accurate focusing but exposure error may occur in manual mode.## More info on "Picture Angle" or make use of the Glossary section in PIM site..Next, the first Zuiko 28mm f/2.8 lense that beared "MC" in its lens data was believed to have been introduced very latein 1984.

<<< -- Credit: A view with a dedicated lens hood mounted onto the Zuiko 24mm f/2.8 lense, image courtesy of Mr. Michel Freylich® <>. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.

| J. Zuiko AUTO-W 24mm f/2.0 | H Zuiko AUTO-W 24mm f/2.8 | ZUIKO SHIFT 24mm f/3.5 (PC) |

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A Brief overview on Zuiko Optics
Zuiko Fisheye Lenses
8mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye | 16mm f/3.5 Full Frame Fisheye
Zuiko Ultra-Wideangle Lenses
18mm f/3.5 | 21mm f/2.0 | 21mm f/3.5 | 24mm f/2.0 | 24mm f/2.8
Zuiko Wideangle Lenses
28mm f/2.0 | 28mm f/2.8 | 28mm f/3.5 | 35mm f/2 | 35mm f/2.8 |
Zuiko Standard Lenses
40mm f/2.0 | 55mm f/1.2 | 50mm f/1.2 | 50mm f/1.4 | 50mm f/1.8 | Zuiko 50mm f/2.0 PF
Zuiko Medium-Telephoto Lenses
85mm f/2.0 | 100mm f/2.0 | 100mm f/2.8 | 135mm f/2.8 | 135mm f/3.5
Zuiko Telephoto Lenses
180mm f/2.0 EDIF | 180mm f/2.8 | 200mm f/4.0 | 200mm f/5.0 Auto-T (brief)
Zuiko Super-Telephoto Lenses
250mm f/2.0 EDIF | 300mm f/4.5 | 350mm f/2.8 EDIF | 400mm f/6.3 | 500mm | 600mm f/6.5 |1000mm f/11.0
Special application Zuiko optics:
24mm f/3.5 Shift | 35mm f/2.8 Shift | 500mm f/8 Reflex | AF Zoom 35-70mm f/4.0 | Zuiko 50mm f/2.0 PF

Tele-Converters: 1.4X-A / 2X-A

Zuiko Macro/Close focus lenses: Zuiko AUTO MACRO 20mm f/3.5 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 20mm f/2.0 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 38mm f/3.5 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 38mm f/2.8 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 50mm f/3.5 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 50mm f/2.0 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 1:1 80mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 90mm f/2.0 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 135mm f/4.5

Zuiko AUTO-Zoom Lenses - Main Index page
| S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 28-48mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/3.6 | S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AF AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/4.0 | S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/3.5 ~ f/4.5 | S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/3.5 ~ f/4.8 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-80mm f/2.8 ED | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-105mm f/3.5 ~ f/4.5 | Zuiko AUTO zoom 50-250mm f/5.0 | Zuiko AUTO zoom 65-200mm f/4.0 | S-Zuiko AUTO zoom 70-210mm f/4.5 ~ f/5.6 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 75-150mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 85-200mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 85-250mm f/5.0 | S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 100-200mm f/5.0 |

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